June 11, 2019 — Los Angeles
On June 11, 2019, AJC Los Angeles met with Consul General Christophe Lemoine, Deputy Consul General Matthieu Clouvel, and French Parliament Member Roland Lescure. AJC participants included Russell Schwartz, Eva Dworsky, Burak Gatenyo, and Acting Chief of Staff Dganit Abramoff.
The meeting discussed the rise of hate crimes and anti-Semitism in France, and France's adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of Anti-Semitism.
Also discussed were the issues of online incitement and France’s effort to “control” hate speech online via cybersecurity legislation. We noted the results of coalition-based advocacy in fighting hate, specifically AJC’s role in bringing together Muslims and Jews. We also asked France to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in all its entirety.