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Germany’s first Holocaust professor begins work in building once used to manufacture Zyklon-B gas - Daily Mail

Sybille Steinbacher took up her appointment at a prestigious German university this week as the country's first academic to teach the Nazi Holocaust to students.

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Spanish citizenship granted to Jews from Panama - JTA

Eight Panamanian Sephardic Jews received Spanish citizenship from Spain’s ambassador to Panama in a ceremony at the Spanish Embassy in Panama City.

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New Jersey considers tougher penalties for making bomb threats

The legislature of the US state of New Jersey is considering a bill that would drastically increase the penalties for making false bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other sites.

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In U.S. Presidential First, Trump Prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall - Reuters

The president was joined on the visit by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who went to the wall shortly after Trump and said prayers.

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Romania passes law providing more money for Holocaust survivors - JTA

Romania’s legislature adopted a bill to increase direct financial support for Holocaust survivors.

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Majority of Jewish leaders in Diaspora in favor of moving US embassy to Jerusalem - Jerusalem Post

In addition, while a vast majority of participants said they want Jerusalem to have a "clear Jewish majority,” and believe it should never be divided.

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As Trump arrives in Israel, his deal-making skills face a test - New York Times

President Trump began a two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank on Monday as Air Force One touched down around noon at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s party withdraws 2nd candidate who supported BDS - JTA

William Tchamaha was removed Thursday from the En Marche centrist party’s list in the northern Seine-Maritime in next month’s elections, the news site Actu reported.

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Bulgarian deputy PM under fire for defending 'jokes' about Shoah

The head of Bulgaria's Jewish community, Alek Oscar, has condemned statements made the country's Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov in which he belittled the Holocaust.

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WJC President Lauder commends Comerica for closing anti-Israel group’s bank account

“Comerica has demonstrated that it is committed to helping the State of Texas enforce its strict anti-BDS laws, and that it will have zero tolerance for any person or organization that seeks to undermine democracy or promote terror," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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Ronald S. Lauder: "We are one people, and we take care of each other”

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder's address to the delegates of the World Jewish Congress' Plenary Assembly in New York.

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Michael Burleigh: Confronting a new era of anti-Semitism - Project Syndicate

When talking to Ronald S. Lauder, one quickly gets the impression that his combination of urbanity and insight makes him exactly the right person to speak for the world Jewish community in these troubled times. Lauder may be a worldly diplomat, but he is ready to fight.

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Lauder calls German far-right party AfD 'a disgrace'

In an interview with the newspaper 'Die Welt', World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder criticized the far-right, populist German party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which he called "a disgrace for Germany."

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WJC and Israel’s Mission to UN to co-host annual 'Ambassadors Against BDS' summit at UN headquarters in New York

US Ambassador Nikki Haley to headline anti-BDS conference, held in UN General Assembly Hall; more than 2,000 students, dignitaries, public officials, diplomats and opinion makers, expected to attend.

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Under pressure, Amazon stops selling three Holocaust-denial books - Jewish Chronicle

The online retailer Amazon.com has stopped selling three Holocaust-denial books after the World Jewish Congress and Yad Vashem voiced growing frustration that Amazon was giving a platform to anti-Semites.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanks US Senators for letter supporting Jewish communities amid escalating anti-Semitism

“It is beyond reassuring to know that members of the US Senate are taking these threats seriously and are committed to protecting our communities,” Lauder said.

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Jewish community in Kyrgyzstan honors citizens who welcomed Jewish refugees during Holocaust

An estimated 20,000 Ashkenazi Jews found refuge in Kyrgyzstan during the Holocaust, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. These refugees were able to settle into their temporary homes with relative ease and in most cases lived in peace and harmony with their neighbors.

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Sticking up for Israel in the United Nations | Op-ed by Robert R. Singer - US News & World Report

WJC CEO Robert R. Singer writes that new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is a breath of fresh air at the United Nations, but it’s going to take courage to bring real change.

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World Jewish Congress thanks Norway FM for opposing labor union's boycott of Israel

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) delegates voted 193 to 117 in favor of a boycott of the State of Israel, despite criticism from government.

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Brother of fallen IDF soldier captured by Hamas speaks at WJC offices as part of campaign to secure his return

World Jewish Congress active in campaign to seek return of the bodies of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin; WJC launched petition to ICRC in March, 7,500 signatures already received.

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World Jewish Congress publishes book chronicling its 80-year-long history

In his foreword, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder writes that “this book reminds us not only what the WJC did in the past, but why the Jewish people need this vital organization now more than ever and will continue to need it in the future.”

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WJC President Lauder congratulates Macron on 'tremendous victory' as French leader

Lauder expressed confidence that the new French leader will continue to have close and positive ties with the French Jewish community and fight all forms of anti-Semitism, whether from the extreme left or the extreme right.

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder urges football associations worldwide to reject anti-Israel vote in FIFA

‘Political agendas must not undermine FIFA’s mandate of inclusion and camaraderie’

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World Jewish Congress rejects UNESCO vote on Jerusalem as ‘distorted and illegitimate revision of history’

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanks 10 member states that voted against the decision for ‘speaking up for truth and justice'.

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Education Without Borders: World Jewish Congress brings photo exhibit showcasing diversity of children hospitalized in Israel to UN headquarters

Israeli initiative ensures education for all hospitalized children. "We thank the United Nations for allowing us to host this exhibition at its headquarters in New York, and to expose the true face of Israel to the family of nations," says WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.

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Argentine leader congratulates Ronald S. Lauder on reelection as World Jewish Congress president

Latin American Jewish Congress elects Adrian Werthein as new president.