Minister for Equality Samantha Sacramento attended an International Parliamentary Conference on Combatting Antisemitism in Berlin. The summit was organised by the German Government and Parliament in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combatting Antisemitism (ICCA), and hosted over 150 parliamentarians from more than 50 countries.
Ms Sacramento said Gibraltar was very fortunate to live in an
interdenominational culture so harmoniously “and that as a nation we do not suffer from
antisemitic attacks as in other places in the world”.
But she said this did not mean “we are completely free of such reprehensible behaviour in Gibraltar” and we must do all we can to ensure it is eradicated and never escalates.
“We must also never become complacent, and do all that we can in sharing proper education of the Jewish culture and of the horrors of the Holocaust; education against intolerance and indifference is a collective responsibility,” she said.
“It is also our duty to act in solidarity with Jewish people all over the world and do what we can to help in the fight against antsemitism because denouncing it and standing up for Jewish citizens is a shared obligation,” she added.
In addition to senior political leaders and specialist speakers on antisemitism, the conference was also addressed by the German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, who stated the importance of keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust and made clear the obligation of “never again” by deed so that such a violation of human dignity is never repeated.
Chancellor Merkel said that antisemitism continues and is today manifesting itself in
different ways. The Chancellor emphasised that Germany as a State and German citizens have an obligation to eradicate antisemitism; an obligation on “us Germans as a
responsibility for our past”.
Key international speakers also included First Vice-President of the EU Commission Frans Timmermans, Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, and UK Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove MP.