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'Soldier of Allah' avoids terror charge due to Facebook settings - Telegraph

Leroy McCarthy, a Muslim convert, could not be charged under the Terrorism Act because his profile was set to private, meaning he was jailed for just 18 weeks.

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National Front politician says French far-right party has ‘cabal’ headed by Jew - JTA

The conflict between the suspended senator Claudine Kauffmann and party spokesperson David Rachline erupted last week, further underscoring longstanding tensions and divisions within the nationalist party over Jews, Nazis, anti-Semitism and collaboration during the Holocaust.

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Dutch rabbi quits centrist party for leader’s alleged ‘exclusion of Muslims - JTA

Lody van de Kamp, a left-leaning activist for Jewish-Muslim dialog, said he would leave his political party of 20 years to protest its leader’s praise for “Judeo-Christian society” — which the rabbi says excludes Muslims.

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These pro-Israel students remain steadfast in midst of anti-Semitic whirlwind - Times of Israel

With white supremacy on the right and anti-Zionism on the left, it's choppy waters for Jews on campus who express their support for the Jewish state.

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WJC WEBINAR: BDS - the new anti-Semitism on college campuses

Watch Charles Asher Small, founding Director and President of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), in conversation with WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps Member Efraim Chalamish.

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Halloween retailer pulls Anne Frank costume amid complaints - Associated Press

Website apologizes for depicting Holocaust diarist, explaining that it also sells costumes for 'school projects and plays'.

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Hummus Unites Jews and Muslims in Argentina

“Make Hummus, not war.” That was the message behind a recent event that brought local Jews, Muslims and other Arabs together for a hummus-making competition in Buenos Aires.

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German Jews Cut Ties with Local Turkish Group Due to Anti-Semitism

The Jewish community in the city of Mannheim broke off talks and exchanges with the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (referred to in Germany as Ditib) because of “anti-Semitic statements” from Ditib’s central office in Ankara.

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Shalom Bulgarian Jewish Organization Campaigns for Ban on 2018 Lukov March

The Shalom Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria is campaigning against the holding of the annual “Lukov March” in Sofia in February 2018, calling for an effective ban on an event that honors a pro-Nazi general.

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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 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.

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Twitter blacklists #GasTheSynagogue hashtag at WJC's request

The WJC contacted Twitter over the week to raise concern over the hashtag. A representative of Twitter responded within 24 hours that the hashtag had been blocked and that the company was doing everything possible to prevent it from trending.

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WJC President Lauder meets with family of IDF soldier held by Hamas, pledges to do everything possible to advocate for his release

Lauder thanked Simcha and Leah Goldin for their sacrifice and pledged to do everything possible to maintain awareness of their plight and advocate for the release of their son.