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March 8, 2016 10:31 am

Madrid Mayor Joins American Jewish Committee Initiative Against Antisemitism

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Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena, pictured, signed on to an American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) initiative. Photo: Ahora Madrid, David Arenal via Wikimedia Commons.

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena, pictured, signed on to an American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) initiative. Photo: Ahora Madrid, David Arenal via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena has signed on to an American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) initiative, “Mayors United Against Antisemitism,” which calls on municipal leaders in the US and Europe to take a stand against rising antisemitism.

“Antisemitism is unacceptable,” Carmena said in a statement released Monday. She is the first Spanish mayor to join the AJC campaign, which was launched last July in the US and expanded to Europe last fall. Fifty-six European mayors have joined 309 American municipal leaders in signing the initiative’s mission statement so far, including mayors from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The statement calls upon “mayors, municipal leaders, and other officials in Europe to join us in affirming that antisemitism is not compatible with fundamental democratic values” and to recognize that “in a world of global communications where antisemitic ideas can and do spread quickly, the impact of the rise of antisemitism in Europe does not stop at Europe’s borders.”

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The statement also declares that antisemitic acts cannot be justified as manifestations of views regarding the existence or actions of the state of Israel.

“Mayor Carmena’s commitment to safeguarding Madrid’s Jewish community, and to being a vanguard against antisemitism and proponent of democratic values, is deeply appreciated,” said Dina Siegel Vann, director of AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs, who attended the signing ceremony in Madrid on Monday.

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