In response to the increase in global hatred and anti-Semitism, the chair of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel, Haim Bibas, together with Gabriel Groisman, Mayor of Bal Harbour, Florida, and Uwe Becker, Mayor of Frankfort-am-Main, Germany, announced on February 27, 2019, the establishment of an international coalition of mayors to combat anti-Semitism and the BDS movement.
The mayors committed to a number of actions:
1. Holding an annual meeting, each year in a different location, in order to further its goals.
2. Taking concrete steps, each mayor in his jurisdiction, to raise awareness about this issue in formal and informal education systems and to encourage the reporting of violent incidents.
3. Considering the possibility of passing relevant legislation on the issue.
4. Investigating ways to unite against the rise of fanaticism and extremism around the world.
“We unequivocally condemn all forms of hatred, prejudice and contempt that have permeated our society. We, the leaders of municipalities from around the world, understand that we cannot refrain from taking responsibility and taking part in the global efforts to take action against these phenomena,” they wrote in the announcement.
Source: Yoni Kempinski, “Global mayors unite against anti-Semitism and BDS,” Arutz Sheva, (February 27, 2019).