Global Forum on Antisemitism to Convene in Latin America for First Time
JNS.org – Two-hundred international experts will gather in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from July 16-18 for the Global Forum Combatting Antisemitism (GFCA), a conference to discuss the global rise in Jew-hatred and formulate an action plan to counter it.
The GFCA, held biennially in Jerusalem, is being hosted in Latin America for the first time. This year’s conference is organized by the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) — a subsidiary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America’s largest Latino Christian organization; the Israeli Foreign Ministry; and the World Jewish Congress through its regional chapter, the Latin American Jewish Congress. Attendees will include academics, political leaders, heads of civil society, clergy, journalists, diplomats, educators and concerned citizens.
“The emerging Evangelical community in Latin America, in its support for Israel, must stand side by side with the Jewish community in fighting anti-Semitism,” said Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of HILC, which is the first Christian organization to take part in the planning, implementation, and follow-up for the GFCA.
“The first GFCA in Latin America presents a unique opportunity to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism in Latin America and develop an action plan that would complement the one drafted at the last GFCA in Jerusalem during June 2015,” HILC said in a press release.
On July 18, forum participants will attend a ceremony for the 22nd anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires. That attack, suspected to have been carried out by Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah, killed 85 people and injured hundreds more.