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OPINION | Of Course Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

Shmuel Rosner writes: "Will a statement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ignite a similar round of defiance and violence? It’s possible."

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Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest wins recognition with European Heritage title

The president of the Hungarian Federation of Jewish Communities MAZSIHISZ, Andras Heisler, called it a source of pride that the Dohány Street Synagogue, home to active religious life since 1859, had become the first Jewish site granted with European Heritage recognition.

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30 YEARS AGO | 250,000 rally in Washington on Freedom Sunday in support of Soviet Jewry

The struggle to free Soviet Jewry was heavily supported by the World Jewish Congress, whose leadership repeatedly visited Moscow to press the Soviets to change their policies, was successful and Soviet Jews gained the right to emigrate.

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WJC WEBINAR: Ambassador Dani Dayan on perception vs. reality in presenting Israel abroad

Tune in Tuesday @ 10:00AM EST to hear from Israel’s Consul General in New York on using diplomacy to dispel common misconceptions and lies about the Jewish State:

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CIJA alarmed by spike in hate crime targeting Jews

CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel says in statement: "While Canada remains one of the best countries in the world to be a minority, antisemitism and hate persist at the margins of society. We are alarmed by the overall increase in hate crime, the increasingly violent nature of these crimes, and the spike in incidents targeting the Jewish community."

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Israel pulls out of Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Germany over political conflict - JTA

The Frankfurt Bible Museum announced that it has canceled the exhibit scheduled for a September 2019 opening. Its director, Jürgen Schefzyk, said he regretted the German government’s decision, adding that neither Holland nor Austria would have hesitated to issue general immunity guarantees.

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BDS opponent receives Jewish support for top civil rights post, as pro-Palestinian groups protest - JNS

—Leaders of major American Jewish organizations are rallying around Kenneth L. Marcus, the nominee for assistant secretary of education for civil rights, as pro-Palestinian groups denounce him for opposing the BDS movement.

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Man charged with hate crime after attacking elderly man at Jewish nursing home in New York - CBS

A man walked into a Jewish nursing home in the Bronx, tried to rob an elderly resident and then beat the older man and yelled anti-Semitic remarks at him, police said Sunday.

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French police arrest 5 suspects in ‘anti-Semitic’ home invasion - JTA

The suspects – a career criminal in his 50s, three younger men and a 19-year-old woman – were apprehended Tuesday on suspicion that they planned and executed the crime in September at the home of a Sephardic Jewish leader, Le Figaro reported.

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder: 70 years after Arab states rejected UN partition plan – a two-state solution is still possible today

World Jewish Congress and Israel’s Mission to UN mark 70th anniversary of vote to establish Jewish state; US Vice President Mike Pence: "Under President Trump, if the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel.

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World Jewish Congress President Lauder condemns Egypt mosque attack: We must stand together and defeat this scourge of terrorism

“Terrorism of this kind does not discriminate – we are all targets. Decent people of all religions, faiths, and nationalities in this world must defend each other and look after each other. We cannot let terror reign," Lauder says.

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Lauder urges German railway: Teach passengers on future ‘Anne Frank’ train Holocaust history

Following reports that Germany’s national railway plans to name a high-speed train after Anne Frank, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urged Deutsche Bahn to provide passengers of the ICE with information about its predecessor company’s role in the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust.

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International sports organizations must enforce fair treatment of all teams – including Israel’s

It is the responsibility of the overarching bodies in all branches of sport to enforce a code of ethics for equal and fair treatment, without compromise or exception, writes WJC CEO Robert Singer.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder honors former Sec. of State Colin Powell with Theodor Herzl Award

Powell: ‘America’s support of the democratic state of Israel has never wavered and it never will’; George Stevens, Jr. accepts Teddy Kollek Award on behalf of his father, film director George Stevens, says: ‘I know that were my father here today, he would consider himself a voice in the chorus of the WJC.’

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemns ‘senseless’ terror that killed eight in New York

“We stand in solidarity with the people of New York, and trust that the city’s authorities will remain vigilant and do everything possible to prevent future threats of this kind.”

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WJC President Lauder ‘profoundly disappointed’ by Poland’s proposed restitution law

Lauder says that while he “strongly welcomed” the principle and importance of such legislation, the actual text proposed by the Polish Ministry of Justice was insufficient and “excluded the vast majority” of survivors and their families.

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World Jewish Congress calls Austrian election result ‘distressing,’ urges to keep far-right party out of government

The WJC president congratulated current Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on placing first in the polls, warned against including the Freedom Party in any governing coalition.

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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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WJC urges Sweden to prioritize safety of Jewish community, after second firebomb attack in 2 days

“There can be no tolerance for any anti-Semitic violence or hate speech of any kind .... We urge the Swedish authorities to take every measure possible to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its citizens. No person should ever have to live in fear or danger.”

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World Jewish Congress condemns firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

"Anti-Semitic violence will never be tolerated; we call on all European governments to make this message infinitely clear and enforced," says WJC CEO Robert Singer

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WJC condemns vandalism of Amsterdam kosher restaurant: "There can be no tolerance for anti-Semitic violence or hate speech"

"The World Jewish Congress stands firmly with the Organisation Jewish Communities in The Netherlands in its vigilant efforts to ensure the security and well-being of all of its members. No Jew should ever have to live in fear or danger.”  

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World Jewish Congress mourns death of King Michael of Romania: "King Michael was a great friend of the Jewish people"

“Hundreds of thousands of Jews died in Romania at the hands of the pro-German Antonescu regime... without King Michael’s firm intervention and renunciation of ties with the Axis powers, countless more would have also lost their lives,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said.

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WJC North America welcomes House approval of bill to condition aid to Palestinians on eliminating terror payments

"US must stand strong in battle against terror", says WJC Chair North America Evelyn Sommer following passage of Taylor Force Act in House.

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World Jewish Congress joins US concern over disproportionate and biased UN focus on Israel

World Jewish Congress President Lauder joins the United States and Israel in voicing concern following the General Assembly’s adoption this past week of six anti-Israel resolutions. 

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WJC Jewish Diplomats hold high-level talks in UNESCO as part of European regional gathering

In an open exchange of views with the representatives, the JDs addressed the bias against Israel and the anti-Israel resolutions which are often adopted by UNESCO’s governing bodies, the ongoing politicization which is currently plaguing the organization and the need for UNESCO to focus on its original mandate through much needed reform.  

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Poland condemns anti-Semitism and attempts to deny Israel’s right to exist, Deputy PM tells forum co-hosted by WJC

At the event's opening dinner, Undersecretary of State Marek Magierowski also sounded a positive note on Israel, stressing that Poland would always be supportive of it in international fora.

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Last chance to submit ideas to WJC / Israeli Consulate's East Coast Campus Pitch Competition

College and university students in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware are invited to pitch their ideas for a campus event, strategy, or initiative that explores a new and groundbreaking approach to Israel advocacy and fighting anti-Semitism.