Antisemitism

Antisemitism has existed for over 2000 years and has been apparent in many historical periods, particularly in Europe. Antisemitism (also Judeophobia) is the term for the categorical rejection of Jews and Judaism. It can manifest itself in opinions, ideologies and symbols, and can lead to acts of social or legal discrimination and various forms of violence.

The most radical manifestation of antisemitism was the Holocaust with its declared aim of eliminating the physical presence of all Jews, leading to the systematic murder of six million Jews. However, antisemitism itself has by no means disappeared since the end of the Second World War. Instead, it persists as a latent undercurrent in society and often remerges in times of crisis.

The SIG uses the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA, as do most other Jewish organisation.

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

The examples which serve as illustrations can be found on the IHRA-Homepage.

  • Report an antisemitic incident

    The SIG runs a registration centre for antisemitic incidents. Here you can report an incident.

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  • Topics

    Here you can find information on antisemitism and freedom of speech, antisemitism and Israel, anti-racism legislation and racism and antisemitism on the internet.

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  • Projects

    Prevention is the key to combating antisemitism and racism. SIG supports prevention projects, engages with politicians, media and institutions, participates in dialogue groups and answers questions from interested parties.

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  • Reports

    Switzerland has three relevant regular reports on anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic attitudes and incidents. Together with the Foundation against racism and antisemitism GRA, the SIG publishes an annual Report on Anti-Semitism for German-speaking Switzerland. The CICAD publishes a similar report on French-speaking Switzerland. Every two years, the Service for Combating Racism SCRA publishes an overview of incidents, attitudes and measures in the field of racism.

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