Sport is a major lever in the fight against racism and antisemitism In order to avoid prejudices. A vector of social diversity and equal opportunities, sport is also a factor of emancipation. Sport should not be transformed into a vector of exclusion, but must remain a real factor of celebration, integration and conciliation. Sports clubs can promote diversity by implementing actions to raise awareness, for instance, for both the fight against antisemitism and Holocaust distortion.
EUJS notes that:
- According to a survey of 309 Makkabi Germany athletes, 39% of the Makkabi sportspeople have experienced at least one or more antisemitic incidents, with the number rising to 68% in their football department.
- There is a growing tendency of football clubs committed to the principle of equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment.
- Sports Clubs are starting to adopt and implement the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism in particular in the UK, in Germany and in Austria.
EUJS believes that:
- Sport is a valuable tool to educate and to promote diversity for the sake of countering the spreading of hatred.
- All sports actors, namely, amateur and professional players, management staff as well as supporter groups, should play an active role in raising awareness against antisemitism and to encourage good sport conduct.
EUJS resolves to:
- Promote the use of sports games and debate to help children and young people to recognize different forms of discrimination including antisemitism and their effects, with the aim of developing more tolerant and more inclusive behaviours.
- Establish close cooperation with civil society organisations pursuing this goal, such as FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) in particular during their annual FARE action week.
- Call on local, national and european sports clubs to adopt and implement the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
- Collaborate with sports clubs to provide awareness workshop on the dangers of antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms.