Lest we forget!
Work against anti-Semitism and racism "has become part of our values"
Borussia Dortmund's commitment to anti-Semitism is praised by UEFA as a "shining example." At a panel discussion of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, BVB spoke about their projects and goals.
The forum "Combating anti-Semitism in and through sport" marks the start of a long-term WJC initiative "Combating anti-Semitism in and through sport". Senior officials from the EU Commission, the UN Human Rights Council, UNESCO and UEFA reported and listened attentively at the meeting in Switzerland. "Today's discussion on combating anti-Semitism in sport and society could not be more topical," said Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the EU Commission: "Anti-Semitism is unfortunately on the rise again throughout Europe."
Football is determined to help counter this worrying trend. "Our door is open," emphasised UEFA Secretary General Theodore Theodoridis, citing the recent joint work of Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea against racism, discrimination and anti-Semitism as exemplary. "In the first step, the work was the response to a huge problem," said Daniel Lörcher about BVB's long-standing commitment and added that this "has become part of our values and the identity of our club". With educational trips, city tours, readings, workshops, but also the training of security staff or the established code word "Panama", Borussia Dortmund is continuously fighting discrimination, always under the motto "Borussia verbindet" (Borussia connects).
Photos: Israel in Geneva / Nathan Chicheportiche