The educational manual, introduced by Director General Audrey Azoulay, is geared toward youth, teachers and political leaders warning that anti-Semitic attitudes are no longer limited to radical or extremist groups but are appearing more in the mainstream.
Both forms of education will ensure anti-Semitism is not seen as exclusive to the Holocaust.
“Anti-Semitism is not the problem of Jewish communities alone, nor does it require the presence of a Jewish community to proliferate,” said Azoulay, UNESCO’s first Jewish director general.
“It exists in religious, social and political forms and guises, on all sides of the political spectrum.”
The new study was a joint initiative of UNESCO and the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) published due to a feeling of renewed danger amongst Jews in Europe.
The guide specifically asks European governments to educate students from a younger age so they are more resistant to hateful and anti-Semitic ideas as they grow up.
The document contains stereotypes that European students should be taught including that Jews are more loyal to Israel, blood libel claims and conspiracies that Jews are plotting to take over the world.
Underpinning the UNESCO document is a perspective that it is essential to teach about anti-Semitism education and Holocaust education in tandem.
World Jewish Congress and UNESCO have teamed up to create an interactive Holocaust education website.
The site includes a chronology of the Holocaust, video testimonies of survivors and updates about Holocaust denial, Nazis and collaborators.
An “Educate A Friend” feature enables users to ‘nominate’ a friend to receive automatic emails containing information and facts.
The website will be paired with a social media campaign to reach hundreds and thousands of young people with the goal of reaching a million people.
The launch at the end of 2018 is in English, French and Spanish.