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Amid rising antisemitism, German Jews are not alone | Op-ed

'The time has come for us all to unite against hatred of Jews and other minorities, and to put a stop to xenophobia and discrimination, no matter where it comes from,' writes WJC Jewish Diplomat Micky Fuhrmann in the Jerusalem Post.

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Nazi symbols, salutes on display at Ukrainian nationalist march

Jewish community slams 'scandalous event' honoring the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.

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Denmark’s ruling party is split over whether to ban circumcision

The internal conflict is over an online petition from February calling for a ban on the practice. The petition has received 92 percent of its authors’ goal of collecting 50,000 cosignatories by August, JTA reports.

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2017 sets new record for neo-Nazi activity in Sweden

In 2017, 3,660 instances of neo-Nazi activity were documented by Expo (up from 3,064 in 2016 and a new record) meaning groups carried out an average of 10 instances of activity per day across the Nordic country.

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Belgian PM Charles Michel criticizes Brussels University for honoring British filmmaker Ken Loach

‘’No accommodation with anti-Semitism can be tolerated, whatever its form. And that also goes for my own Alma Mater,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel declared.

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Jewish pilgrims gather in Tunisia for Lag B'Omer festival

At least 5,000 tourists, including more than 100 Israelis, expected at Africa's oldest synagogue, Ghriba, on island of Djerba, AFP reports.

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Is this artichoke kosher? Rome defends a classic Jewish dish

New York Times explores controversy over  the dish — basically a peeled artichoke, fried in oil and then refried in more oil — which dates back to the 16th century. A stroll down the restaurant row of Rome’s Jewish ghetto shows that it is still very much a main attraction.

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Jewish Heritage Centre to be created in Glasgow

The Centre will be housed in Scotland's oldest synagogue  and will include a display on those who fled the Nazis and found sanctuary in Scotland, BBC reports.

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The fight against anti-Semitism is not a fight "à la carte" | CRIF President Francis Kalifat in Le Figaro

Francis Kalifat explains why CRIF indicated that the leaders of the Front National and France Insoumise would not be welcome at the White March in memory of murdered Holocaust victim Mireille Knoll.

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WJC welcomes US Embassy move to Jerusalem as ‘critical moment in history’

“The World Jewish Congress deeply appreciates the strong message that the United States is sending to the international community of the indisputable truth of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. This is a precedent worthy of emulation, and we hope to see more of Israel’s allies follow suit," Lauder said.

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WJC President Lauder praises Trump for sending ‘unmistakable message to Iran that its threats will not be tolerated’

  “Iran is a rogue nation ruled by a regime that cannot be trusted to honor its word, and even more so with nuclear capabilities that would enable them to wreak havoc on the world and cause a catastrophic arms race in the region,” Lauder said.

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WJC President Lauder welcomes Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s condemnation of anti-Semitism

“The World Jewish Congress is gratified by President Poroshenko’s unambiguous denunciation of the ugly anti-Semitic demonstrations that have recently taken place in various parts of Ukraine."

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On the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Warsaw Ghetto, remembering those we’ve lost

"On a train from Berlin to Poland last week, I thought about my brother Benjamin, who was five-and-a-half when he was murdered by the Nazis. Today I honor his memory and the memory of all who perished in the Holocaust." WJC General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft's address to the annual Holocaust Remembrance Program in the Rotunda of the Supreme Court, New York County, as published in Tablet.

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World Jewish Congress delegation travels to Poland to commemorate 75th anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

In address at official state ceremony, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder appeals to Poles and Jews to remember 'common bonds' and 'the truth'

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World Jewish Congress holds memorial for Holocaust survivor murdered in Paris

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder ‘We must continue to sound the alarm until we put a stop to this terrifying rise of anti-Semitism'

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World Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with British Jewish community against Labour Party anti-Semitism

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: "We stand shoulder to shoulder with our British colleagues as they call for a zero-tolerance approach which is matched by actions and not just words. We simply ask Jeremy Corbyn to end his support of anti-Semites.”

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Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds | Op-ed by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder in New York Times

"We are at a crossroads. The choices that Israel makes in the coming years will determine the destiny of our one and only Jewish state — and the continued unity of our cherished people."

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At WJC forum, Paraguayan President Cartes discusses Embassy move to Jerusalem: 'If you have any doubt, just read the Bible'

Cartes added that this would be his final trip to Israel, as his term of office draws to a close, and called the visit “very emotional.”

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World Jewish Congress denounces UNHRC resolution condemning Israel for Gaza violence

"We are acutely distressed by the UNHRC’s resolution which condemns Israel for indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force, without a single mention of Hamas’ control in these developments, and its preposterous move for a so-called impartial investigation whose outcome, based on many of the statements heard in the council, has already been decided."

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WJC condemns ‘disturbing and provocative’ anti-Semitic symbols at Bulgaria football match

" We deeply appreciate the efforts being made by National Coordinator against Anti-Semitism Minister Georg Georgiev to this effect, and trust that he will continue to make it expressly clear that such manifestations of incitement will not be tolerated.”

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World Jewish Congress urges people worldwide to support Greek Jews: “There is no room in Greek society for anti-Semitism”

Greek Jewish community to hold ‘silent protest’ following repeated anti-Semitic acts.

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Israel, 70 years young: WJC Jewish Diplomats reflect on 70th anniversary mission to Israel

Over the course of the three-day mission, the WJC JDCorps visited Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, and engaged with leaders of Israeli society in government, academia, media, faith communities, business and young leadership on issues including regional and security developments in Israel and the Middle East, models of coexistence, drivers of innovation and academic excellence, and Israel in the eyes of the international media.

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WJC President Lauder congratulates the City of Weinsberg on finding a fair and just solution with Max Stern Art Restitution Project in Nazi looted art case

“This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Washington Principles. The restitution of this painting is a clear wake-up call to all state and private institutions who cast a blind eye and are still looking the other way instead of doing the right thing,” Mr. Lauder added.

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Lauder denounces Abbas’ remarks: "No leader - Arab, Western, or other - should ever question the origins of the Holocaust"

"The Nazi genocide, history's most shocking crime against humanity, was pure evil. And anyone who suggests otherwise should be ashamed and must apologize," Lauder said.

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World Jewish Congress calls on OAS to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Addressing OAS' Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism, WJC says: “It is imperative that all parts of civil society join together with governmental authorities to fight and defeat the forces behind this evil”.

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World Jewish Congress and Chelsea Football Club kick off strategic partnership to put a stop to anti-Semitism in sports

The Red Card for Hate initiative will take the form of three specific projects geared toward encouraging supporters, government officials and the public at large to treat anti-Semitism more seriously and to engage in discourse for effective action.