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Remembering the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas four years ago today

Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah were kidnapped near Alon Svhut by Hamas terrorists.

Calls for 'death to Israel' at annual Al Quds day marches

These marches threaten the safety of Jewish communities worldwide. Terror organizations must not be allowed to march freely through the capitals of European nations.

WJC stands with French Jews in denouncing naming of street after Nakba, thanks government for prompt removal of plaque

Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, called the declaration and the street sign “false declarations, shockingly irresponsible and dangerous.

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"It is time for the international community to wake up to the grave danger posed by Hamas"

“51 years, to the day, since the start of the 6-day war, the Jewish State continues to be attacked from all sides. It is time for us to stand firmly together, and declare unequivocally, enough is enough," WJC CEO Robert Singer tells members of the WJC Executive Committee meeting in Prague.

Israel aids Guatemala after deadly volcano eruption

Israel announced that it has delivered emergency aid to Guatemala in response to a volcano eruption that left more than 60 dead.

UNESCO publishes guide to education to address anti-Semitism

The manual, introduced by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, is geared toward youth, teachers, and political leaders alike. It warns that anti-Semitic attitudes are no longer limited to radical or extremist groups, and are appearing more in the mainstream.

With roots in Latin America, Hezbollah is the real terror threat in our hemisphere

The West must prevent this terrorist group and its patron and principal funder, the government of Iran, from building its strategic base in Central and South America, WJC CEO Robert Singer writes in Miami Herald.

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.

Nazi symbols, salutes on display at Ukrainian nationalist march

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

WJC in the Media

WJC intern Adela Coab Moadeb named one of NY Jewish Week's 36 under 36

“Zionism is an ideology, not a political position or policy No one should ever have to apologize for thinking the Jewish people have a right to a Jewish state.”

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Charlotte Knobloch | What We German Jews hear When the U.S. ambassador says he wants to 'empower' toxic populists

The newly-appointed American ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is now joining the populist chorus by stating in a recent interview with the far-right Breitbart website that he wants to "empower" the "resurgence" of "anti-establishment" conservative forces - the same language used by the AfD - throughout Europe.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder reacts to Gaza violence

“Hamas is fully responsible for the violent developments. Hamas is a terrorist organization that has hijacked the Palestinian citizens’ right to protest peacefully and brought bloodshed and misery to the people for whose welfare it claims to be responsible."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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'

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: Gaza resolution proves UN held hostage by anti-Israel elements

"We applaud the efforts of US ambassador Nikki Haley to add an amendment to the resolution condemning Hamas, and the majority of states that actually voted in favor of such, and regret that the lack of a two-thirds majority prevented this importance clause from being adopted."

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In Kiev, WJC CEO Robert Singer urges Ukraine to activate special envoy to combat anti-Semitism and adopt definition as proposed by IHRA

While in Kiev, Singer also addressed a forum of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, entitled 'Israel’s Experience of State-Building: Lessons for Ukraine.'

World Jewish Congress: Cancellation of the Argentina-Israel friendly match is a win for those who incite to violence

The World Jewish Congress denounces the Palestinian Football Association for fomenting violence against another team and its captain, and strongly invites the Argentine Football Association to join in this denunciation. FIFA must now allow such nefarious activities to continue unhindered.

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WJC Executive Committee sounds alarm on anti-Semitism on both far-left and far-right

The World Jewish Congress Executive Committee gathered in Prague this week for its bi-annual meeting, to discuss the pressing issues facing their communities around the world.

World Jewish Congress condemns terror attacks from Gaza: 'World must open its eyes and recognize that Israel is under attack 

"We urge the international community to hold Hamas fully responsible for inciting this violence, and for providing the systemic infrastructure that enables such terror to continue unhindered."

WJC joins Ukrainian Jews in expressing concerns over efforts to glorify 18th century massacre in which thousands perished

" It is only by facing the realities of history openly and honestly that we can move forward together and defeat bigotry and xenophobia in all its forms."

WJC thanks Czech Republic for recognizing Hamas responsibility in Gaza violence

In a letter to Stropnický, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer wrote, "The World Jewish Congress deeply appreciates the Czech Republic’s steady commitment to the State of Israel and your own judicious statement this week regarding the violence on the Gaza border, holding Hamas fully responsible for the events and discounting attempts to link these riots with the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem."

WJC CEO Singer meets UNESCO D-G Azoulay for productive talks focused on efforts to fight racism and anti-Semitism

World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer met Friday with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, for a productive and warm discussion centered around the tireless efforts being taken by both organizations, both individually and in cooperation, to combat all forms of racism and anti-Semitism. 

World Jewish Congress US calls for swift appointment of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism

The World Jewish Congress United States (WJC US) has joined a coalition of concerned religious and human rights organizations in the US in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to quickly fill the position of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Other signatories to this letter include ADL, B’nai B’rith, Hadassah, and NCSEJ, inter alia.