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More than a dozen killed in car-ramming attack on crowded Barcelona boulevard

Israel’s Channel 10 reported that Meir Bar Chen, the city’s Chief Rabbi, said that while Jewish institutions had been closed down as a precaution, the attack did not appear to be aimed at Jews. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has stated that it does not know of any Israeli casualties.

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More than 100 British MPs back joint Jewish-Muslim complaint against newspaper's 'Muslim problem' article

Letter signed by 107 MPs from across the political spectrum came on the heels of a joint declaration by the Board of Deputies and local Muslim organizations stating that use of such language "harks back to the use of the phrase ‘The Jewish Problem’ in the last century."

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Polish historian requests exhumation of massacred Jews

A Polish historian has petitioned his country’s Institute of National Remembrance to disinter the bodies of hundreds of Jews murdered in the village of Jedwabne during the Second World War in order to exonerate their Polish neighbors.

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Popular travel site delists Swiss hotel over anti-Semitic signs

Hotel manager Ruth Thomann told local media that she had not intended the missives as anti-Semitic and that they were badly worded responses to complaints by both guests and staff. According to The Guardian, the Paradies’ popularity is a result of its willingness to allow guests to store Kosher food in the staff room freezer.

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Israel and Jewish communities condemn neo-Nazi violence, warn of dangers of hate speech

Rivlin calls display of Nazi flags by white supremacists there “beyond belief; Brazilian Jewish leader warns community to stay alert to hate speech; British BoD stands in solidarity with American Jewish organisations; Executive Council of Australian Jewry calls events 'a vivid reminder that hate speech is often a precursor to ... hate crimes.'

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Organizers of DC inclusivity march apologize for Yom Kippur scheduling, but say date won't change

“We have learned from our Jewish friends that Yom Kippur is a day of making amends and of asking and receiving forgiveness. We hope that our sincere apology will be received with compassion, and that we will build a stronger relationship among all our communities as a result," said the organizers.

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Swiss lawmakers to vote on banning import of kosher, halal meat - JTA

Herbert Winter, president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities, told Tages-Anzeiger that if the bill becomes law, it will “be a massive limitation on the religious freedoms of Jews” in Switzerland, a population of approximately 18,000, according to the European Jewish Congress.

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US pushing Israel for greater recognition of non-Orthodox denominations

During a series of meetings with Israeli officials, representatives of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv stressed “the importance of religious pluralism and respect for non-Orthodox streams of Judaism,” especially in relation to the ongoing controversy regarding egalitarian worship at the Western Wall.

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Israeli aid arrives in Sierra Leone after deadly mudslides - Times of Israel

Israel’s envoy to West Africa says crates of food, enough for 10,000 meals, are the first international assistance to reach country.

WJC in the Media

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Ronald S. Lauder: Racist rhetoric and violence have no place in our society

“I hope that groups of all faiths and backgrounds can work together to foster an environment of tolerance to ensure the events of this weekend are never repeated," said Lauder.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemns violent neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville

“It is utterly distressing and repugnant that such hatred and bigotry still run rampant in parts of this country. There is no place in our democratic society for such violence and intolerance. We must be vigilant and united in our opposition to such abhorrence."

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Lauder 'disturbed' by Senator's backtrack on anti-BDS bill, urges her to resume co-sponsorship

“Israel has no greater friend in the world than the United States, and I call upon Senator Gillibrand, and all of her colleagues in Congress, to back the Israel Anti-Boycott Act in a demonstration of unwavering US support for combating anti-Semitism across the world.”

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World Jewish Congress welcomes EU court’s decision to keep Hamas on terror list

"It is imperative that the European Union do everything in its legal power to crack down on any signs on its soil of collaboration with this terrorist group," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder wishes Senator John McCain a speedy recovery

Lauder calls Senator McCain a true hero who has championed the rights of all people throughout his life and shown unbending support and respect for the Jewish community.

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WJC President Lauder applauds French President Macron for denouncing anti-Zionism as new form of anti-Semitism

Jews around the world are suffering the effects of anti-Israel hate speech, Ronald S. Lauder says.

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World Jewish Congress condemns UNESCO decision to deem Old City of Hebron site in danger

The draft resolution deeming the Old City of Hebron, including the Tomb of the Patriarchs within its parameters, as a ‘site in danger’ passed in a secret ballot with 12 in favor, six abstentions and three opposed.

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WJC President Lauder condemns London attack: 'We must stand together against terrorism & hate'

'We must stand together to defend the critical values of tolerance and freedom that make our society strong, and do everything in our power to fight this scourge of terrorism,' Ronald S. Lauder said; BoD President Jonathan Arkush: Hatred of people because of their religion has no place in our society.

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WJC President Lauder praises Senate adoption of new Iran sanctions

Lauder says bipartisan legislation 'sends a strong message to Iran and its allies that their nefarious activities will not be tolerated', adding: 'We must continue to work together to stop Iran’s reign of terror'.

Press Releases

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Israeli opposition leader MK Herzog: Organized Jewish efforts essential to combating BDS

The World Jewish Congress hosted Israeli opposition leader MK Isaac “Bougie” Herzog at its headquarters in New York on Thursday to celebrate the launch of “The Anti-Israel Agenda - Inside the political war on the Jewish state,” an anthology produced by Australian Jewish leader and member of the WJC-Jewish Diplomatic Corps Alex Ryvchin.

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OAS Sec. Gen. Luis Almagro: Israel stands out in this region as full-fledged democracy

'Fighting terrorism means fighting impunity,' OAS chief tells forum of Israel Council on Foreign Relations, which operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress, in Jerusalem.

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Russian Jewish Congress marks 75 years since largest Holocaust massacre in Russia

Russian Jewish Congress President Yuri Kanner, a WJC vice president, calls Zmievskaya Balka the 'Russian Babi Yar,' and says: “We called our procession the March of the Living because we are alive, we remember, and should never forget what has happened.”

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WJC mourns passing of long-time WIZO President Raya Jaglom

The World Jewish Congress on Wednesday mourned the passing of Raya Jaglom, Honorary Life President of World WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization), and a long-serving member of the WJC’s Executive Committee.

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WJC welcomes Senate panel’s adoption of bill conditioning US aid to PA on ending terror pay

“This is a crucial piece of legislation which could set a precedent for the entire world in insisting that humanitarian aid must be used for humanitarian purposes, and not to encourage terrorism."

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After WJC exposes Arabic anti-Semitic content, YouTube removes flagged material

The World Jewish Congress will continue its research to provide qualitative data about Arabic-language anti-Semitism on social media platforms; when completed, the comprehensive research will be released to the public.

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WJC condemns Halamish terror attack, demands PA take immediate measures to curb incitement

“We demand that the Palestinian Authority take immediate measures to crack down on the incitement that led to this attack and make every effort to prevent such an atrocity from happening again.”

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WJC President Lauder condemns demonstrations held outside Turkey synagogue, urges authorities to take necessary precautions

Islamist protesters were rallying outside the Neve Shalom synagogue against the new security measures put in place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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WJC US supports bi-partisan bill to increase sanctions on Hezbollah

"This bi-partisan bill will demonstrate America’s resolve to not sit idly by while Hezbollah attacks US allies, increases its heinous and violent crimes and continues to wreak havoc in the region," says Rabbi Joel Meyers, Chair, WJC US.