The entire World Jewish Congress family deeply mourns the passing of

Mervyn Smith z”l,

long-serving Jewish communal leader of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the African Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress.

May his memory be a blessing.

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Israel foiled Palestinian rocket attack to assassinate Lieberman

Israel foiled Palestinian rocket attack to assassinate Lieberman

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Israeli mayor's call for ban on Arab workers on public construction sites widely rejected as 'racist'

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Bloodbath at Jerusalem synagogue: Five killed in terrorist attack against Jewish worshipers

Bloodbath at Jerusalem synagogue: Five killed in terrorist attack against Jewish worshipers

The World Jewish Congress expressed shock and outrage at Tuesday's terror attack in Jerusalem in which four rabbis and a policeman were killed and dozens of others wounded.

World Jewish Congress mourns passing of South African Jewish leader Mervyn Smith

World Jewish Congress mourns passing of South African Jewish leader Mervyn Smith

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Canada's top court clears extradition of suspect in deadly 1980 Paris synagogue bombing

Canada's top court clears extradition of suspect in deadly 1980 Paris synagogue bombing

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WJC honors Henry Kissinger with Theodor Herzl Award

WJC honors Henry Kissinger with Theodor Herzl Award

More than 500 guests attended the award dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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Netanyahu: No Jewish prayers to be allowed on Temple Mount

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One killed, 14 wounded in another suspected terror attack in Jerusalem

One killed, 14 wounded in another suspected terror attack in Jerusalem

An Arab driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of people at a light rail station in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, killing one bystander and injuring 14 other people.

Czech Republic has no intention to change policies toward Israel, says Czech FM

Czech Republic has no intention to change policies toward Israel, says Czech FM

Lubomír Zaorálek told a WJC/ICFR event in Jerusalem that Prague remained “committed to Israel's right to self-defense."

'Arbeit macht frei' sign at former Nazi camp Dachau stolen

'Arbeit macht frei' sign at former Nazi camp Dachau stolen

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Lauder urges Swiss museum not to accept Nazi art dealer's collection before probe is completed

Lauder urges Swiss museum not to accept Nazi art dealer's collection before probe is completed

In a joint interview with 'Der Spiegel', German Culture Minister Grütters and Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, discuss the lessons of the Gurlitt case.

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