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Israeli man succumbs to wounds after stabbed by Palestinian terrorist

On Thursday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed three Israeli men in the West Bank settlement of Adam. One of them, Yotam Ovadia, a father of two, has succumbed to his wounds. May his memory be a blessing.

Lawfare Project, World Jewish Congress urge Stanford to effectively address threat of violence against Jewish students

Last week, an incoming Residential Assistant and former student government member at Stanford University, Hamzeh Daoud, wrote that he would "physically fight Zionists on campus next year […] after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish [Israel]."

Lawfare Project, World Jewish Congress urge Stanford to effectively address threat of violence against Jewish students

Last week, an incoming Residential Assistant and former student government member at Stanford University, Hamzeh Daoud, wrote that he would "physically fight Zionists on campus next year […] after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish [Israel]."

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Without Regrets: Commemorating the 9th of Av

When I will walk the streets of old Jerusalem on the 9th day of Av, I will see the remnants of the Crusaders and the Mamluks, the Romans and the Byzantine, all those who tried to establish permanent presence in the city of G-d and have failed to do so. The curse and punishment of exile to the Jews came with a hidden blessing, written in Leviticus (26:32), translated literally says, I will make the land desolate and your enemies who will try to live there will also be desolated.

Sign the WJC petition: Tell the United Nations to condemn Hamas’ environmental war crimes

We call upon Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip for causing severe environmental damage to southern Israel.

Sign the WJC petition: Tell the United Nations to condemn Hamas’ environmental war crimes

We call upon Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip for causing severe environmental damage to southern Israel.

Penetrating study reveals extent of anti-Semitism in Poland in wake of Holocaust law

Dr. Rafał Pankowski, a sociology professor at Warsaw’s Collegium Civitas, explores the disturbing revival of anti-Semitism in Poland, identifying dozens of examples of such expressions.

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WJC concerned by rise in anti-Semitism in Germany: “Concerted efforts needed to quell violence and harassment of Jewish community”

“The WJC stands ready to assist our community in Germany, as well as all levels of government, to work toward implementing the necessary steps to quell anti-Semitism across the country,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said.

My journey to the past: A reflection on Zaglembie Ghettos by WJC General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft

Sons and daughters of survivors, looking for a sense of closure in Poland

WJC President Lauder condemns ‘despicable and deliberate’ anti-Semitic vandalism of Elie Wiesel house, calls for swift investigation and penalty

“This callous act was an attack against the very principles of morality and humanity for which Wiesel stood,” Lauder says.

Remembering My Father in Auschwitz: An article by WJC General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft

Nothing about the Shoah was logical or made sense. Our task, our mission, today and always, is not to try to understand, but to remember.

Following Outrage, Netflix Nixes Plan to Air Laudatory Louis Farrakhan Documentary

Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress — North America, said of the film, “At a time when Netflix has announced that it plans to bring more faith and family-based shows to its subscribers, its choice of offering a film on the life of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is deeply dismaying.”

WJC President thanks US Senator Ted Cruz and bipartisan co-sponsors of STOP Using Human Shields Act

In letter to Senator Cruz, Lauder underscores that act 'reinforces the beliefs of the United States of America', 'puts terror organizations on notice', and 'makes it clear' that if organizations like UN don't lead effort to protect human beings around the world, 'we will.'

Ronald S. Lauder: In a daring White Helmet rescue operation, Israel has proven that humanitarian aid takes precedence over political considerations

“Hundreds and thousands of Syrians are still living in imminent danger, and it is beyond praiseworthy to witness the efforts being made on their behalf,” Lauder said.

WJC condemns desecration of Jewish monument in Greece, calls on authorities to follow through with commitment to fighting anti-Semitism

"We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and in Greece to fight combat racism, anti-Semitism and hatred under difficult circumstances."

WJC President Lauder: 'UN resolution on human shields will help bring security and stability to the Middle East'

“This is an important step forward in the global war on terror and a critical moral stance," says Lauder

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World Jewish Congress condemns 'disgraceful' neo-Nazi march in Washington: 'Hatred and extremism cannot be allowed to tear the fabric of our society apart'

“A gathering of racists and hatemongers on the anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville march can only be described as a disgrace and embarrassment for the United States," says WJC North America Chair Evelyn Sommer.

WJC, LAJC delegation visit Guatemala City: “Guatemala is among the strongest and most devoted friends of Jews and Israel in the world”

"The warmth toward the Jewish community and the strong bilateral ties with Israel will continue to yield mutually beneficial results for both of our peoples,” says WJC CEO Robert Singer.

WJC US Applauds Senate Adoption of Israel Security Assistance Legislation S.2497

The World Jewish Congress United States today applauded the adoption by the United States Senate of the US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 2497). This bipartisan legislation seeks to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself against increasing threats including Iran’s growing presence close to Israel’s northern border.

World Jewish Congress urges UK Labour Party to adopt IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism

“The World Jewish Congress strongly supports the unified stance of British Jewry in urging the Labour Party, and indeed the government itself, to adopt the working definition of anti-Semitism agreed upon by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

World Jewish Congress urges UNHRC commission of inquiry on Gaza to remain independent and impartial

“The very resolution that called for the creation of this commission was problematic from the start, condemning Israel for disproportionate use of force while virtually ignoring Hamas’ role in inciting Palestinians to commit violence against Israeli citizens."

World Jewish Congress mourns death of June Jacobs, ‘giant in the world of advocacy and unparalleled figure in the Jewish world’

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: “Jacobs shifted the course of contemporary Jewish history, and thousands of lives were changed for the better due to her tireless efforts”

WJC concerned by rise in membership in radical Reichsbürgerbewegung: "We must not let vigilantes take the law into their own hands"

President of the Council of German Jews and WJC Vice-President Dr Josef Schuster said that the figures should “not just worry the Jewish community but the entire country”.

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WJC stands in solidarity with Greek people amid deadly wildfires

“Your nation has demonstrated incredible and admirable resilience in the face of this unthinkable calamity. We stand in solidarity with the people of Greece as you confront this crisis, and we pray for the fires to end speedily with no further loss of life or injury," write WJC President Lauder and CEO Singer in letter to PM Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

WJC thanks International Judo Federation for ‘unyielding stance’ against anti-Israeli moves

Recalling IJF intervention at WJC request in October 2017, WJC CEO Robert Singer says: “Demands for compliance often fall on deaf ears... let this be a lesson that such behavior will not be tolerated"