1. The Committee on Political
Affairs and Democracy considers the report on renewed commitment
in the fight against antisemitism in Europe, presented by the Committee
on Equality and Non-Discrimination, as being very timely and relevant.
This report was originally triggered by a renewed wave of targeted
attacks against members of the Jewish community in the past years
in a number of Council of Europe member States. The Berlin Conference
on combating anti-Semitism, organised by the German Government and
Parliament in co-operation with the Inter-Parliamentary coalition
for combating antisemitism (ICCA) from 13 to 16 March 2016, offered
food for thought for the preparation of the committee opinion.
2. Welcoming the general findings of this report, the committee
proposes to further clarify and define the draft resolution contained
in the main report through a number of amendments, in particular
with regard to the promotion of dialogue between political and religious
leaders, the importance of Holocaust remembrance and the active
role that parliamentarians can play in the prevention of antisemitism.