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Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC)

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called on all Europeans to reject extremism and populism and stand up for fundamental values and freedoms ahead of this month’s European elections, slated to take place between May 23-26.

“We have seen a constant and worrying rise of extremist parties, from both the far-Right and the far-Left, and populist parties in elections across the continent and we are concerned that this trend will continue in the European elections,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor.

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“These parties are a danger to Europe, a danger to democracy and pose a threat to minorities in Europe, including to the Jewish community.”

All polls and many commentators are predicting that extremist and populist forces are set to make major gains in the European election. The polls also show that many mainstream pro-European parties will lose seats.

“Only through close political and economic cooperation can we ensure a peaceful and prosperous Europe, which is the best guarantee for the well-being of our community. We therefore must work together to strengthen moderate forces in order to stem and even reverse the tide against the extremists.” Dr Kantor added.

”We remain deeply concerned that anti-Semitism and the attacks on religious rights are used and abused for political gain and we call on all political parties to oppose all attempts to restrict the right to a Jewish life in Europe,” Dr. Kantor said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.