This year's march took place under heavy police protection, with a turnout of some 1,500 demonstrators from across Europe, according to sources in Sofia. The WJC and the Bulgarian Jewish community have made a series of active efforts in recent months to curb the demonstration, engaging with the Bulgarian government to demand a complete administrative ban be placed on the march.
Julius Malema, commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), said this week that if Israel could solve the water problem across South Africa in a “real” and “permanent” way – and not just in Cape Town – his party would start lobbying its support.
The family of Paul Leffmann did not adequately show that the late businessman sold the masterpiece “The Actor” under duress, which would have mandated its return to the family, Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Members of the ruling Left Green Movement, the Progressive Party, People’s Party and the Pirate Party submitted the bill to the Albingi on Tuesday, the RUV news site reported. Together, the parties account for 46 percent of the parliament’s 63 seats.
WJC CEO Robert Singer: "The fact you had 42,000 people sitting in the stands, seeing the slogan ‘Say No To Anti-Semitism’, means many people were exposed to it and I think it’s only the start of the process.”
Addressing participants at the Rome International Conference on Anti-Semitism, Lauder said: “New Europe is suddenly looking an awful lot like the Europe of the 1930s. As a Jew, I can think of nothing more dangerous.”
“The World Jewish Congress stands with the French Jewish community in harshly condemning the provocative and deplorable attack and demanding immediate action from the French police and judicial system,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.
WJC General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft writes in the Boston Herald: 'Just as Jews are commanded at the Passover Seder to remember that we were slaves in Egypt, I can never forget that my parents and I were once stateless refugees.'
WJC Jewish Diplomat Ela Cenudioglu reflects on Holocaust remembrance and the idea behind the World Jewish Congress #WeRemember campaign, after taking part in the Italian Jewish community's annual Run for Remembrance.
WJC-North America executive director Betty Ehringberg remarked: "We are here working together with the Latin Coalition for Israel, the American Jewish community and Jewish and Christian leaders, celebrating understanding and mutual respect, and hoping that there are more countries that will follow the example of Guatemala.”
WJC President Lauder decried the “contemptuous demonstration” exhibited by the student protesters, who called Meridor a war criminal and accused Israel of being a terrorist state. Lauder thanked campus security for its quick attention, and urged King’s College to do everything in its power to prevent such an incident from occurring again.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: "Apart from the material dimension of this decision, it is also a highly symbolic step: finally, those who suffered tremendous injustice are now being formally recognized as Nazi victims.”
World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer met with Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and handed him a petition requesting that the Bulgarian government issue an administrative ban on a neo-Nazi march scheduled for February 17.
"Poland’s new law is especially objectionable as it stifles any real confrontation with the most chilling aspect of the country’s wartime history - the extent to which local Poles were complicit in the destruction of their Jewish neighbors.”