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Working with the OSCE

Working with the OSCE

JPR research has played a key role in the development of a new Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) publication on antisemitic and hate crimes and security.

The new publication, entitled Understanding antisemitic hate crimes and addressing the security needs of Jewish communities, is designed to be a practical guide for governments that outlines the measures and practices tthey should implement in co-operation with Jewish communities, to better address Jewish security needs.

In the course of preparing the publication, the OSCE commissioned JPR to undertake a study of the perceptions and experiences of antisemitism among Jews across Europe, paying particular attention to any differences that exist in relation to Jews by age, sex and levels of religiosity.

The report we prepared for the OSCE was written by David Graham and Jonathan Boyd, and drew heavily on the data JPR gathered and analysed in 2012 for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, as well as new qualitative data gathered specifically for the OSCE project.

The new OSCE guide was initially launched on 15 May at the Parliamentary Society of the German Bundestag, and then followed up on 30 May with a second event at the European Parliament in Brussels, organised in co-operation with the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI), the European External Action Service (EEAS), and the European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism (WGAS). Jonathan Boyd attended that event on behalf of JPR, where the guide was presented to some 130 participants from EU Institutions, civil society, and the broader public. As part of the programme, Jonathan presented JPR’s work at the Austrian Embassy, sharing many of JPR’s insights into contemporary antisemitism, with a particular focus on its impact on young people.

The OSCE guide can be downloaded here. The JPR report that was commissioned by the OSCE, will be published by JPR later this year.

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