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Due to the rise of antisemitism and reports of attacks against Jews all around the world, the IJL established a new project – “Agen Ami.”
“Agen Ami” is a legal strategy to enhance the personal security of Jews in their communities. It constitutes a real, accessible and immediate “firsthand” legal solution for thousands of Jews all over the world. It is envisaged that every Jewish community will have its own Community Representative, who will maintain a 24/7 hotline for community members to immediately report antisemitic offenses that they personally experienced or witnessed. The Community Representative will inform the IJL about the offenses, and after examining each case, we will assign a local criminal lawyer to the victims. The Community Representatives will also be charged with promoting this project among their Jewish community members.
After many weeks of joint hard work and constant contact with the heads of the Jewish communities in Barcelona and in Riga, this project was approved and started operating in these two cities. At this time we are working to add a third Jewish community to this program. Many more Jewish communities all across Europe are expected to follow.
The meaning of “Agen Ami” in Hebrew is “protect my people.” The name ״Agen״ in Hebrew (אג״ן) is composed of the initials of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali (אייל, גלעד, נפתלי), in memory of three Israeli Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in 2014.
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Eyal Yifrach z”l, Gil-ad Shaar z”l and Naftali Frenkel z”l (Photo credit: Israel Defense Forces)
We are all in this together
May 18, 2021
The local Jewish community is working with us to remove graffiti that was spread near Jewish institutions in Barcelona.
“The insulting term ‘Zhid’ is used to denote ‘Jews’ in a traditionally derogatory manner”
Read IJL’s letter to a local newspaper who used the word “Zhid”
Attack in Magdeburg, Germany
The victim was walking in the busy city center of Magdeburg, when a group of four to five young men unknown to him asked him to stop and give them his white kippa. He ignored the request and walked faster. However, the group followed him and attacked him…Read more