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May 29, 2019 11:36 am

European Rabbis Call on World Regulator of Emojis to Add Images Showing Judaism

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JNS.org – The Conference of European Rabbis has called on the nonprofit global body that regulates emojis, Unicode Consortium, “to create a new emoji [to] symbolize the Jewish religion and its symbols.”

“There are emojis of women in the hijab and Arab clerics, and the Jews have been forgotten,” said chief of staff Gadi Gronich of the Conference of European Rabbis in a statement.

“If it is legitimate to present a family consisting of two men or two women, and to present the traditional attire of the Islamic religion, we believe that there is room for presenting the Jewish symbol as well,” stated the letter, which comes as there has been increasing antisemitism in Europe over the past several years.

Germany’s antisemitism czar cautioned Jews on Saturday against wearing a kipah in public due to the rise in antisemitic incidents.

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Emojis are small digital images used to express emotions, ideas and other messages.

Jewish-related emojis currently available are a synagogue, the Star of David and the Israeli flag.

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