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Brazil’s Jewish community welcomes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on first-of-a-kind visit

Fernando Lottenberg, president of Conib, the umbrella organization of Jewish communities and an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, took part in the meeting, which he relayed as being held in a warm atmosphere. T

World Jewish Congress mourns death of Israeli literary giant Amos Oz

Amos Oz’s legacy will continue for years to come, and he will forever be remembered as a face of Israel in its first 70 years of creation.

Welcome for IHRA adoption by the Office for Students | Statement by the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said: “This is a welcome step by the Office for Students. It shows a commitment by the regulator to lead by example.

WJC mourns the passing of Rona Ramon

Rona Ramon was a brave and courageous woman, who taught an entire nation how to gracefully and nobly contend with the greatest griefs. Following the great disasters that took the lives of her husband and child, Mrs. Ramon dedicated her own life to helping others live theirs – not only coping, but also rising from pain and sorrow.

Australia recognises that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel | Statement by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry

In a joint statement made by ECAJ President Anton Block and CEOs, Peter Wertheim and Alex Ryvchin, the ECAJ praised the announcement as “a simple acknowledgement of a reality that has existed since 1950. The Prime Minister deserves credit for resisting pressure from many quarters against taking even this modest step”.

World Jewish Congress mourns death of Noah Klieger, recipient of 2018 WJC We Remember Award

“Noah Klieger was a hero of his generation and an inspiration to the Jewish people,” WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said.

Bulgarian neo-Nazis launch online attack against WJC CEO Robert Singer over Lukov march

Comments on the post ranged from those declaring that the Lukov March should take place in another Bulgarian town next year to protect Lukov’s honor, to overtly aggressive messages of antisemitic hate speech directed at the Bulgarian Jewish community and the world Jewry.

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Shahar Azran

The only effective solution for fighting antisemitism is education

As the Commissioner for Combatting Antisemitism of the World Jewish Congress, representing more than 100 Jewish communities on six continents, I regularly see the horrific consequences of hatred directed at Jews and Jewish institutions.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder voices concern following the adoption of anti-Israel UN resolutions

“It is unconscionable that such an esteemed body that was born out of the horrors of the Holocaust continues, in unrelenting fashion, to entertain resolutions that seem to have been authored by individuals without a firm grasp of reality," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder calls on international community to urge Hamas to cease rocket barrage against Israel

“The World Jewish Congress sends its deep condolences to the family of the IDF officer killed this morning in these clashes, and wishes a full recovery to those wounded. We stand in solidarity with all Israelis at this difficult time,” he said.

WJC President Lauder in aftermath of Pittsburgh attack: We must work together to ensure that our Jewish communities are secure and protected

"It is imperative that the authorities across the US, and in every country that has a Jewish community, take every threat seriously"

World Jewish Congress horrified by Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: This was an attack not just on the Jewish community, but on America as a whole

"This was an attack not just on the Jewish community, but on America as a whole," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

WJC President Lauder praises bipartisan US Senate bill imposing sanctions on use of human shields

“Every terror group that cowardly hides behind women and children while using hospitals and schools as bases to attack civilians, in clear violation of both international law and basic moral values, should be held accountable and punished,” Lauder added.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder at UNESCO conference at UNGA: ‘World leaders must not remain silent in the face of antisemitism'

UNESCO releases Guidelines for Policymakers on combating antisemitism, to be implemented in partnership with WJC

World Jewish Congress condemns ‘despicable’ neo-Nazi march in Dortmund

“The despicable neo-Nazi display that occurred over the weekend in Dortmund should appall and repel all proponents of democracy, tolerance, and justice,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said.

Chelsea FC and World Jewish Congress to host global summit on antisemitism - Jewish News

Premier League side and World Jewish Congress will convene event next year, addressing discrimination and racism in sport.

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World Jewish Congress condemns brutal stabbing of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz

“It is our deep hope that this horrific murder will not dissuade proponents of democracy and acceptance from continuing to embrace and promote these very messages that Mayor Adamowicz carried throughout his life and career,” Lauder added.

Holocaust survivors, with support of social media giants, join World Jewish Congress for mass global awareness initiative ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

World Jewish Congress’ 2019 #WeRemember campaign to combat rising antisemitism and xenophobia runs January 6-27

WJC and Board of Deputies stand against antisemitsm in football: There must be no tolerance for use of slur ‘Yid’

“Contrary to the protests of many fans, there is no grey area when it comes to slurs that target a particular religious, racial, or ethnic group. The word yid has for years been re-appropriated from its original Yiddish to carry a distinctly pejorative and antisemitic message, and its use by fans in the stands, either as a self-designated nickname or as a slogan against rivals must not be tolerated in any way.”

Shahar Azran

Ronald S. Lauder, WJC President and Chairman of the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation, welcomes Polish initiative to mark 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation with international commemoration at site of Nazi death camp

“I am grateful to the Polish authorities and my friend Piotr Cywiński, the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, for beginning this undertaking to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau as the central event of the 2020 International Holocaust Remembrance Day observances across the globe. The World Jewish Congress will be proud and honored to once again participate actively in this momentous commemoration by partnering with the Auschwitz Birkenau Memorial Foundation to bring a delegation of survivors and children of survivors to Auschwitz-Birkenau, alongside students from Jewish schools across what had been Nazi-occupied Europe," he said.

World Jewish Congress condemns desecration of Greece Holocaust memorial: ‘There is no place in European society for antisemitism’

“There is an epidemic of antisemitism sweeping across Europe right now, and it must be made clear by authorities on every level that this cannot and will not be tolerated.”

World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Simcha 'Kazik' Rotem, one of last survivors of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

“The passing of Simcha ‘Kazik’ Rotem marks the end of an era,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “

WJC condemns attack on Jewish girl in France, urges European leaders to act to protect communities

“It is inconceivable that the Jewish community in France, or elsewhere, should have to brace themselves each day against potential threats, or have to live in fear or trepidation simply because of their identity,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer

World Jewish Congress troubled by honoring of Nazi collaborator in Ukraine

“The notion that a figure such as Stepan Bandera – a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War who is deeply controversial within Ukrainian society and beyond – will be celebrated in this way is deeply troubling."