Oboler to attend important forum on the Holocaust remembrance and antisemitism

October 8, 2021 by Henry Benjamin
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Andre Oboler heads to Sweden this weekend,  the sole Australian representative making the long trip to attend the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism.

Andre Oboler

Australia will also be represented by some of its European-based diplomats and Oboler will join them as part of the Australian delegation.

The Forum was to take place in October 2020, 75 years after the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau but it was delayed until  October 13 due to COVID-19.
Over 50 countries will attend the forum which will be moderated by CNN anchor Hala Gorani and will be visited throughout the day by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.
Sweden will assume the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance from March 2022 to the end of February 2023.
Among the speakers at the forum will be Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Mayor of Malmö Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, President of Israel Isaac Herzog, Professor Yehuda Bauer, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder and President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum Miranda Vuolasranta. Guests of honour are survivors of the Holocaust who will take part in a conversation with Prime Minister Löfven.

Dr Andre Oboler is CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and one of the sessions at the forum is entitled Combating antisemitism and hate speech on social media.
He told J-Wire: “I’m attending at the request of the Swedish Government, but am also being included as part of the Australian Government’s delegation. Some of the other expert members of Australia’s delegation to IHRA will also be attending online.
I’m deeply honoured to have served over the past year as a member of the Swedish Government’s expert group to advise on the programme of the Malmo Forum. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve on this group with experts such as Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt, Prof. Dina Porat, and the others.
The meetings of the expert group in the lead up to the Malmo Forum have been a real master class in the forum’s topics, with experts presenting and discussing the challenges we face in protecting the memory of the Holocaust and in the fight to tackle rising global antisemitism.”

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