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British Jews concerned by drop in hate crime prosecutions

"History shows us that where low-level abusive and discriminatory behaviours goes unchecked, much worse can follow," says BoD President Jonathan Arkush.

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Hungarian who helped Jews flee Holocaust honored in Budapest - AP

Emil Wiesmeyer's printing company initially made 4,000 of the basic passports, part of efforts by Swedish special envoy Raoul Wallenberg to save Jews from Nazi death camps.

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Amid jitters over far-right, Austria’s Kurz vows no anti-Semitism in coalition - AFP

Incoming chancellor, reportedly in talks with nativist Freedom Party, says zero-tolerance for anti-Semitism a precondition for joining government.

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White Supremacist leader to speak at heavily-Jewish University of Florida - JTA

Although the event is not sponsored by any groups affiliated with the university, the public university must pay over $500,000 in security for the event. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot charge a speaker for security costs due to potential protesters.

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Ads opposing Balfour celebrations banned by Transport For London - Jewish News

Palestinian envoy to Britain accuses Transport for London of ‘censorship’ after campaign is pulled.

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How this pristine 15th-century Hebrew Bible survived the Inquisition - JTA

Thanks to the University of Coimbra's undocumented policy of subterfuge against the Inquisition, it is in possession of a collection of rare, pristine Jewish manuscripts found nowhere else.

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British Board of Deputies looks forward to good relations with new Muslim community center

Board of Deputies Vice President Marie van der Zyl has expressed the desire that there will be good relations between the Jewish community of Golders Green and the new Hussainiyat Al-Rasool Al-Adham Community Centre in Golders Green, following a dialogue between the two organizations.

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Spanish newspaper regrets discussion of British soccer club’s ‘Jewish origin’ - JTA

Marca, a Madrid-based daily sports paper, published the article on Monday ahead of a Champions League match between the Spurs and Real Madrid.

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At former Nazi death camp Sobibor, a post-Holocaust construction boom - Times of Israel

After decades of obscurity, a one-time Nazi-built extermination center is being transformed to commemorate Jewish victims and attract more visitors

WJC in the Media

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WJC urges UN body to focus on its core mandate rather than addressing political matters

WJC President Lauder: "Decisions that rewrite history and call into question deep rooted Jewish ties to our holy sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere have no place at UNESCO, and it is our hope that the organization will carry out much-needed reforms."

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A Simchat Torah Message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

May all Jews see one another as equal members of one people, and respect each others's differences just as we value and need each other's strengths.

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A Sukkot Message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

May a Sukkat Shalom, a true tabernacle of peace, shelter you, your families and the entire Jewish people this Sukkot and throughout the coming year.

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Jerusalem Post 50 Most Influential Jews: WJC President Ronald S. Lauder - Keeping the Jewish Flame Burning

New York-based Ronald S. Lauder is one of the most prominent leaders of world Jewry. International philanthropist, investor, art collector and former US ambassador to Austria, Lauder has served since 2007 as president of the World Jewish Congress.

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WJC President Lauder congratulates Chancellor Merkel on German election victory

WJC President: ‘Merkel is a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people’; Lauder decries 'disgraceful' reactionary AfD party which he says 'recalls the worst of Germany's past.'

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UNESCO D-G Bokova at WJC reception: Fighting anti-Semitism requires education on roots of hate

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed Irina Bokova warmly at reception in her honor, citing the close relationship and mutual trust that has developed between their offices over the years and praising her for her “great courage, great determination, despite difficult times.”

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WJC President Lauder strongly condemns London attack: 'We must stand together in the unbending struggle against terror and hatred'

"We stand by the British government and its citizens in abhorring yet another terrorist attack on their soil, the fifth this year. Our thoughts are with the victims and we are grateful that no lives were lost."

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World Jewish Congress condemns Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingya, urges international community to safeguard rights of all minorities

"Legitimate struggle against terrorists and terrorism should never be exploited for oppression and murder of innocent civilians based on their belonging to a particular ethnic group," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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Italy pledges to continue supporting Israel and Jewish communities, PM Gentiloni tells WJC President Lauder

WJC President Lauder met Friday with Italian PM Gentiloni and thanked him for his country’s public support for Israel at UNESCO, including its rejection of a Palestinian backed resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

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WJC denounces ‘disgraceful and deplorable’ Ukrainian monument honoring anti-Semitic nationalist leader

“The celebration of anti-Semites – including so-called nationalist ‘heroes’ – cannot and should not be abided. We urge the local Vinnitsa authorities to retract their celebration and take all possible steps to have the Petliura monument removed.”

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WJC President Lauder Decries ‘Senseless’ Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder decried the “senseless” violence in Las Vegas today that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured at a country music festival.

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WJC Deeply Disturbed by EU Parliament for Hosting Convicted Terrorist, Urges Others Not to Give Her Platform

Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), today sharply criticized the European Parliament for hosting Leila Khaled, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who continues to advocate violence against Israelis.

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WJC-Jewish Diplomats meet presidents and foreign ministers from eight states on sidelines of UNGA

The Jewish Diplomats (JDs) represented the WJC in over a dozen diplomatic meetings and side events with high-ranking government officials over the course of the annual meeting in New York.

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WJC Condemns U.N. Threat to Blacklist Companies Active in West Bank, East Jerusalem

“Such a database hinders the advancement of peace in the Middle East. Further, its adoption falls well beyond the mandate of the Council, opening the door to arbitrary boycott attempts.”

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Digital version of The World Jewish Congress, 1936-2016 now available on Kindle

The World Jewish Congress, 1936-2016 details the dramatic diplomatic efforts and achievements of this preeminent international Jewish organization, from its founding in Geneva 80 years ago through the present. 

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WJC welcomes Swedish court ruling to reroute Nazi march away from synagogue on Yom Kippur

Last week, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder met with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in New York and emphasized to him that allowing the neo-Nazi march to take place on Yom Kippur in front of a synagogue was utterly unacceptable.

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At WJC reception, Greek FM Kotzias decries 'hypocrisy and double-speak' of criticism of Israel

In a warm welcome of Nikos Kotzias at WJC reception in his honor, Ronald S. Lauder thanks the minister for his strong support of Israel and personal fight against anti-Semitism in Greece. “Minister Kotzias represents the amazing changes in the improved relations between Israel and Greece over the past two years,” Lauder said.

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On UNHRC floor, WJC urges council to reaffirm Jewish right to circumcision and ritual slaughter

"In Europe - the cradle of democracy - the Jewish and Muslim right to freedom of religion and belief is increasingly being challenged in some countries.... these laws preventing certain communities from having a religious life equal to others are unacceptable," says WJC Jewish Diplomat  Aurélie Casahoursat.