Albania's PM: Antisemitism threatens our civilisation

Albania's PM: Antisemitism threatens our civilisation

Albania's PM: Antisemitism threatens our civilisation Izvor: Shutterstock
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Albania on Wednesday hosted the first Balkans' Forum Against Antisemitism aimed at creating a united front against that phenomenon.

The participants of the Forum held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, included MPs and other officials from the region and other countries.

"It's needed to continue fighting against every form of antisemitism which is a threat to our civilisation," Edi Rama, Albanian Prime Minister, told the gathering, organised by his country's Parliament, the New York-based Movement for Fighting Antisemitism, and Israeli's Jewish Agency.

Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, praised the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism recently adopted by the Albanian Parliament.

The definition describes hate speech and other forms of the discrimination of the Jewish people and state, their property and religious objects.

Pompeo spoke about the Albanian people's heroism during the WW II when they rejected to betray the Jews, adding that more Jewish people lived in Albania after the war ended than before.

"Let's continue to further secure that people of all religions can live and progress next to each other," Pompeo said.

Albania is proud of its treatment of the Jews during WW II, being the only country in which they were not killed or surrendered to the Nazis. And of the fact that before the war only 600 Jews lived in the country, while by the end of it there were 2,000 of them.

The Albanians protected the Jews and helped others who fled Germany, Austria and other countries, by hiding and smuggling them, the Associated Press said.



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