The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism—or Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (LICRA) in French—was established in 1927, and is opposed to intolerance, xenophobia and exclusion.
In 1927, French journalist Bernard Lecache created "The League Against Pogroms", and launched a media campaign in support of Sholom Schwartzbard who assassinated Symon Petliura on 25 May 1926 in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Schwartzbard viewed Petliura as responsible for numerous pogroms in Ukraine. After Schwartzbard's acquittal, the league evolved into LICA (Ligue internationale contre l'antisémitisme—or international league against anti-semitism). Schwartzbard was a prominent activist in this organization.
The LICRA is mainly financed by state subsidies. It receives around 500,000 euros every year from the French government.
LICRA rejoiced loudly, seeing immediately the significance of the event. On the evening of Monday 24 July 2017, the National Assembly effectively incorporated into the criminal law, in the form of an amendment, a punishment of ineligibility for public office for people convicted of "actions related to racism, antisemitism, holocaust denial, homophobia and any form of discrimination". Alain Jakubowicz, president of LICRA, is full of himself: "With this vote, the National Assembly has adopted a proposal made by LICRA for a long time and which culminated thanks to many meetings I was able to have, alongside Mario Stasi and Sabrina Goldman, with the Home Secretary and a certain number of MPs."
✡ Alain Jakubowicz (Business)
Belgian League Against Antisemitism Lbca ⁕ (Business)
David-Olivier Kaminski (Business)
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