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Ukrainian war hero and lawmaker slurs Jews - JTA

Nadiya Savchenko, a fighter jet pilot who was elected to parliament in 2014 while she was still being held as a prisoner of Russia, made the statements on Saturday during a televised interview for the 112 station and insisted they were not indicative of anti-Semitic bias.

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2017 could bring "perfect storm' for Israel's relationship with the Diaspora, says Reut Institute report - Jerusalem Post

The report discusses various components of Israel's ties with world Jewry, primarily US Jewry, and posits that if Israel does not take action to change an outdated mindset and working assumptions which no longer correlate with reality, Israel’s function as the national home for the Jewish people will ultimately be destroyed.

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Israel plans global push to track Jewish marriage - and divorce - Forward

An Israeli government ministry reportedly plans to keep track of Jews who marry around the world with an international database of Jewish marriage and divorce.

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‘Birthright for moms’ brings nearly 1,000 Jewish dads to Israel - Arutz Sheva

An organization which has brought 10,000 Jewish mothers on subsidized trips to Israel has also brought nearly 1,000 fathers since launching its program for men in 2013.

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Israel’s president denies pardon to jailed former prime minister - JTA

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin rejected a pardon request from former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is currently serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption.

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Egypt’s last Jews aim to keep heritage alive - YNet

From a full community with alleged roots in the country since the times of the pharaohs to a mere 18 today, the dying-out Jewish community of Egypt hopes to have its legacy preserved in an Egyptian civilization museum.

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Jessica Biel discovers that she’s a little bit Jewish - Jewish News

The actress and wife of Justin Timberlake, delves into her Jewish history during the genealogical program.

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CIJA 'troubled and angered' by Montreal imam's sermon calling for murder of Jews

Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair of CIJA Quebec says: “We are deeply troubled and angered that yet another imam has dehumanized Jews and glorified violence against them. More worrying yet, is that the Dar al-Arkam mosque, far from repudiating its guest imam, is spreading his incitement to violence and hatred against Jews through its YouTube channel."

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Archaeologists discover one of Rome's lost Jewish cemeteries - Forbes

The discovery further reveals the oft-overlooked Jewish population that lived, worked and died within ancient and medieval Rome

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Under pressure, Amazon stops selling three Holocaust-denial books - Jewish Chronicle

The online retailer Amazon.com has stopped selling three Holocaust-denial books after the World Jewish Congress and Yad Vashem voiced growing frustration that Amazon was giving a platform to anti-Semites.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanks US Senators for letter supporting Jewish communities amid escalating anti-Semitism

“It is beyond reassuring to know that members of the US Senate are taking these threats seriously and are committed to protecting our communities,” Lauder said.

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Jewish community in Kyrgyzstan honors citizens who welcomed Jewish refugees during Holocaust

An estimated 20,000 Ashkenazi Jews found refuge in Kyrgyzstan during the Holocaust, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. These refugees were able to settle into their temporary homes with relative ease and in most cases lived in peace and harmony with their neighbors.

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Sticking up for Israel in the United Nations | Op-ed by Robert R. Singer - US News & World Report

WJC CEO Robert R. Singer writes that new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is a breath of fresh air at the United Nations, but it’s going to take courage to bring real change.

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WJC President Lauder condemns desecration of Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia: ‘We must never be complacent in the face of anti-Semitism’

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has condemned the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia as a “despicable and cowardly act of hatred” and urged citizens and local authorities across the United States to be vigilant against all signs of anti-Semitism.

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Lauder: 'American Jews are worried, it’s time to address the issue of anti-Semitism'

Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, is calling on US authorities to analyze the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in America and take appropriate action to combat it.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes ‘firm and appropriate’ US response to renewed Iran aggression

“It is imperative that the entire international community recognize that we are dealing with an erratic and dangerous regime with enormously destructive nuclear capabilities at its fingertips," says Lauder.

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WJC President Lauder: Paris summit ‘meaningless and misguided’

“To effectively assist in propelling the peace process, the international community must refrain from singling out Israel; it must urge the Palestinians to drop their preconditions."

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WJC President Lauder rejects France peace summit: There is no alternative to bilateral Israeli-Palestinian talks

NEW YORK - World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has called France’s plan to convene officials from more than 70 countries in Paris for talks on Middle East peace a “subversive attempt to impose a settlement on the Israelis and Palestinians without the explicit agreement or participation of both sides.”

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WJC condemns 'deeply biased' and 'manipulative' anti-Israel resolution passed by UN Commission on the Status of Women

Evelyn Sommer, Chair, WJC North America, says: “Under the guise of speaking out for the protection of Palestinian women, this Commission has exploited the chance to accuse Israel of being among the greatest human rights abusers."

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Lauder meets with UN Secretary General Guterres, rejects Palestinian distortion of history

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres met with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder this week and reiterated an earlier comment that there is an absolute tie between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

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WJC President Lauder reacts to London attacks: ‘A callous and calculated strike against democracy and liberty’

"The terrorists won’t succeed if we stand united against them, if we defend our democracies and uphold our freedoms,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder.

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World Jewish Congress criticizes UN report branding Israel an apartheid state

WJC CEO Robert Singer urged UN leaders and member states “to dissociate themselves from this report and to condemn it for what it is: a piece of vile anti-Israel propaganda that has not basis in fact.”

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WJC welcomes draft legislation in Germany to combat online hate

Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas proposed legislation on Tuesday to fight hate speech, threatening social media companies with fines of up to €50 million ($ 53million) in case of non-compliance.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes Swiss lawmakers' push to protect religious communities, end government funding of BDS

Both decisions, which Lauder called “admirable moves worthy of emulation,” still require the consent of the other house of Swiss parliament before they can go into effect.

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WJC welcomes Amazon move to remove Holocaust-denial books, offers assistance in identifying further material

The World Jewish Congress has reached out to Amazon on multiple occasions since 2013, and as recently as earlier this month, to request removal of items that breach Amazon’s guidelines prohibiting the sale of material that “promote or glorify hatred.”

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World Jewish Congress praises US statement rejecting UNHRC’s discrimination against Israel

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, CEO and Executive Vice President Robert R. Singer, WJC North America Chair Evelyn Sommer and WJC North America Executive Director Betty Ehrenberg sent a letter to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Erin Barclay to express the organization’s appreciation of her remarks.

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World Jewish Congress mourns death of Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to UN

“I was always struck by the huge respect he showed for the Jewish people and, especially, to the Russian Jewish veterans of the Second World War, who fought against and were victorious over the Nazis,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said.