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Chuck Schumer: 'Anti-Semitism is in far too many European homes'

The senator for New York Chuck Schumer criticized efforts to delegitimize and boycott Israel, slamming the BDS movement as "a modern form of anti-Semitism."

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Jewish official resigns from UK Labour Party after controversial leader Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected - JTA

Parry Mitchell announced his resignation following the results. He had told the London-based Jewish Chronicle in August that he would no longer represent the party if Corbyn remained its leader.

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Jewish officials briefed on terror threats ahead of High Holy Days - Jerusalem Post

In a pre-Rosh Hashanah briefing, Jewish community and US security officials urged Jewish institutions to be resilient and keep up morale in the face of terrorist threats.

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Iran's supreme leader tells Ahmadinejad not to run again - Los Angeles Times

Previous Iranian President Ahmadinejad is a populist conservative who was one of the West’s most reliable antagonists during his eight years in office.

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Anti-BDS campaign blasts churches for 'classic anti-Semitism' - Israel Hayom

Pro-Israel activists hung up signs at the World Council of Churches headquarters in Geneva which read: "We know who you are, we know what your ideology is, now everyone will know".

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‘Holocaust was a good time!’: Racist, anti-Semitic slogans on UK college students’ T-shirts - RT

Exeter University is investigating after some of its students were seen donning T-shirts with racist and anti-Semitic slogans, including ‘Don’t speak to me if you’re not white’, at a sports club social event.

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Netanyahu invites PA leader Abbas to address Knesset - Israel Hayom

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly in New York, reiterating Israel's commitment to peace and underscoring the importance of independent negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

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UK lawmaker calls anti-Semitism in Labour Party hard left 'terrifying'- Daily Mail

Ruth Smeeth has experienced more than 25,000 incidents of abuse, much of it racial, in recent months

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Auschwitz victim Jane Haining's last words to pupils revealed - BBC News

The last words of a Scots missionary to her pupils as she was led off to her death in the Auschwitz concentration camp have been revealed.

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WJC President Lauder calls UN Chief Ban’s remarks on Israel ‘a missed opportunity’

"Holding Israel disproportionately responsible for the deteriorating conditions separating Israelis and Palestinians does not further the cause of peace," Lauder said.

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New consul general hopes to advance the diplomatic ball for Israel - Jewish Journal

Sam Grundwerg has arrived in Los Angeles, and it is a fairly safe bet that he is the first Israeli consul general who has been elected to the football hall of fame.

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Interview with Robert Singer: Greek-Israeli cooperation in defense, energy ‘important’ - Kathimerini

In an interview with 'Kathimerini' during a recent visit to Athens, the WJC CEO hails Greece for supporting closer ties with Israel in a broad range of activities, while expressing concern over the influence of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

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'Attempts to delegitimize Israel among most prevalent forms of contemporary anti-Semitsm', member of WJC's Jewish Diplomatic Corps tells UN

Oleg Ivanov, a representative of the WJC's JDCorps program, participated in High-Level Forum on Global Anti-Semitism at the UN.

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WJC extends sympathy to Muslim community following murders near NY mosque

World Jewish Congress President Lauder: 'People of all faiths must be free to live without fear of violence and hatred'.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Auschwitz

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder has hailed Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as “a strong signal” against hatred and called the Catholic Church leader “one of the closest ally Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism."

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World Jewish Congress President: Polish officials must immediately apologize for remarks questioning Poles’ involvement in murder of Jews during WWII

Ronald S. Lauder: “In a free Poland, there is no room for prejudice;” Statements “slap in the face” to Jewish community.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder decries attack in Nice, urges international community to unite and 'rip this terrorism from its roots'

“The heinous attack carried out against scores of innocent people in Nice tonight was nothing short of an act of war and the world must treat it as such,” Lauder said.

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Ronald Lauder works to spark the flames of Jewry’s future - Times of Israel

The recent winner of the Guardian of Zion Award speaks about art restitution, the evils of anti-Israelism, and the need to make more ‘Jewish worlds’.

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WJC President Lauder joins UNESCO head Irina Bokova in honoring Elie Wiesel at high-profile event in New York

Ronald S. Lauder delivered a tribute to the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, at a high-profile awards evening honoring heroes in the global campaign against violent extremism in New York City.

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World Jewish Congress to co-organize events on 75th anniversary of Babi Yar massacre

A 100-strong WJC delegation will be in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv next week to take in commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the slaughter of more than 33,000 Jews by Nazi Germany at the Babi Yar ravine in 1941.

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder responds to Iranian president’s UN remarks

“We may have thought that under Rouhani, Iran’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric had abated, but clearly, Iran hasn’t changed. It still promotes hatred against Israel, fixated on the notion of a Zionist conspiracy against the world,” Lauder said. “We urge world leaders to strongly condemn his hateful discourse and recognize that Iran is still every bit as dangerous as we feared.”

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Belarus and US sign cultural heritage agreement at World Jewish Congress headquarters

The agreement, signed by Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makai and U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Chair Lesley Weiss, declares that “Each party will take appropriate steps to protect and preserve properties that represent the cultural heritage of all national, religious, or ethnic groups that reside or resided in its territory, including groups that were victims of genocide during the Second World War.”

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WJC President Ronald Lauder hosts Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, thanks him for being 'true friend of Israel and Jewish people'

US and Belorussian governments to sign agreement at WJC headquarters Wednesday to preserve Nazi victims' property and sites in former Soviet state; WJC holding meetings with close to 40 presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers visiting New York this week for United Nations General Assembly.

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WJC officials to meet with leaders from 30 nations in New York this week

The World Jewish Congress will be holding talks with top government officials from more than 30 different countries gathered in New York this week for the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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'Excellent relations with Jewish community and Israel,’ Azerbaijan’s president tells WJC delegation

A delegation of the World Jewish Congress and the Russian Jewish Congress headed by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder held talks in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Tuesday.

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Rivlin thanks WJC for standing up for Jewish people / Netanyahu to WJC: Israel isn't isolated     

The members of the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee, led by Ronald S. Lauder, met in Jerusalem with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Jutta Limbach, former German chief justice and chair of art restitution panel, passes away

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called Jutta Limbach, Germany’s former chief justice and a long-time head of the Goethe Institute who passed away at the age of 82, a "formidable and strong-willed woman who helped to enhance her country's reputation."