Event: ‘Europe in Crisis – a Shattered Haven’


melgidTom Wilson

TIME: 18:00-19:00, Tuesday 6th September 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 14, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKERS: Melanie Phillips, Journalist, Broadcaster and Author, Gideon Falter, Chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Tom Wilson, Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society

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This summer Europe is witnessing an unprecedented wave of Islamist inspired violence, from well-organized mass casualty attacks conducted by Islamic State direct cells, to a series of horrific stabbing shooting attacks conducted by radicalised individuals. At the same time political extremism is on the rise across Europe, and the threat from a far-Right backlash threatens to further destabilise the continent. Europe’s Jewish communities have been on the front line of much of the rising tide of violence, with the emergency measures introduced by European governments appearing only a short term solution for the security of Europe’s Jews. With the liberal democratic system itself coming under threat, the long term future of European Jewry now appears in question.

By kind invitation of Matthew Offord MP, The Henry Jackson Society are delighted to be holding a screening of the recently released documentary ‘Europe in Crisis – A Shattered Haven’, which takes a compelling and in depth look at the fate of Europe’s Jewish communities amidst the rise in violence, extremism and worsening political instability. This important new documentary features interviews by Stephen Sackur, BBC Hard Talk host, with experts, politicians and European citizens, as well as the Henry Jackson Society’s Research Fellow Hannah Stuart.

The Documentary screening will be followed by discussion with a panel of public figures and specialists, as well as questions from the audience, with a chance to hear the panellists giving their thoughts on the pressing themes and questions raised by the documentary.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, broadcaster and author. Her weekly column, which is currently appearing in The Times, has appeared over the years in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Daily Mail. She has a weekly radio show on Voice of Israel, is a regular panellist on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze and appears frequently on BBC TV’s signature political shows Question Time and The Daily Politics. She also writes regularly for the Jewish Chronicle and the Jerusalem Post. Her best-selling book Londonistan, was published in 2006 by Encounter, New York. She followed this in 2010 with The World Turned Upside Down: the Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, with a foreword by David Mamet and also published by Encounter. Guardian Angel, was published in 2013 by emBooks.

Gideon studied law at the University of Warwick, building up the JSoc whilst fighting off opposition within the Students’ Union. He was elected Anti-Racism Officer for the student body and appointed to the Race and Religion Incident Review Panel of Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police’s Key Individuals Network. He graduated and returned to London in 2005. In 2009, he reported and pressed charges against the then head of the Foreign Office’s South Asia Group for antisemitic hate speech. The conviction was later overturned on appeal. In the summer of 2014, as fighting flared between Hamas and Israel and antisemitism peaked in Britain, Gideon joined Campaign Against Antisemitism. He was the principal organiser of CAA’s major rally outside the Royal Courts of Justice calling for zero tolerance law enforcement against antisemitism. Gideon was elected Chairman of CAA in autumn 2014. Gideon has written articles for the Guardian and Times of Israel.

Tom Wilson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the New Middle East at The Henry Jackson Society. He regularly appears in broadcast media, including BBC News and Sky News, offering his take on issues in the Middle East, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary Magazine, Standpoint, The Spectator, The Jerusalem Post and other outlets. Prior to joining The Henry Jackson Society, Tom worked as a Tikvah Fellow at Commentary Magazine, where he wrote about political extremism and terrorism in the Middle East. His main areas of expertise are Israel/Palestine, Iran and Middle Eastern Politics.


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