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Anti-Semitic graffiti spray painted on Barcelona synagogue - JTA

The graffiti discovered Wednesday was ordered erased by Barcelona Deputy Mayor Gerardo Pisarello, who called for an investigation into the incident.

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South Africa's Economic Freedom Fighters express interest in Israel’s proposed solutions to water crisis - SA Jewish Chronicle

Julius Malema, commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), said this week that if Israel could solve the water problem across South Africa in a “real” and “permanent” way – and not just in Cape Town – his party would start lobbying its support.

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France hands back Nazi looted art to Jewish family - AFP

Three Renaissance paintings to be given to descendants of Herta and Henry Bromberg, who were forced to sell them in 1938 to flee Europe

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Judge says Met Museum can keep Picasso sold by Jew fleeing the Nazis - JTA

The family of Paul Leffmann did not adequately show that the late businessman sold the masterpiece “The Actor” under duress, which would have mandated its return to the family, Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled Wednesday, Reuters reported.

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WATCH | Chelsea Football Club says 'no to anti-Semitism'

WJC is honored to partner with Chelsea F.C. in its initiative to promote tolerance and end anti-Semitism - both in sport, and in larger society.

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WATCH | Chelsea Football Club says 'no to anti-Semitism'

WJC is honored to partner with Chelsea F.C. in its initiative to promote tolerance and end anti-Semitism - both in sport, and in larger society.

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Chelsea FC to take action against fans found to have used antisemitic language

World Jewish Congress welcomes Chelsea FC's initiative to combat anti-Semitism.

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Polish president to sign controversial bill to outlaw blaming Poland for Holocaust crimes - AP

Law would also ban the use of terms such as "Polish death camps" in relation to Auschwitz and other such camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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Bill to ban circumcision introduced in Iceland’s parliament - JTA

Members of the ruling Left Green Movement, the Progressive Party, People’s Party and the Pirate Party submitted the bill to the Albingi on Tuesday, the RUV news site reported. Together, the parties account for 46 percent of the parliament’s 63 seats.

WJC in the Media

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WJC condemns Florida shooting: Such brutal crimes strike directly at the heart of the values of freedom and liberty that our society was built on

"The WJC vehemently condemns the deplorable and despicable mass shooting and mourns the senseless loss of lives in this unspeakable tragedy," Lauder said.

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WJC CEO: Bulgaria Lukov March is neo-Nazi and must be banned

World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer in interview with Sega Newspaper reporter Svetoslav Terziev; Issue 6096 (31) 06 February 2018

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Roman Abramovich dedicates Chelsea match to victims of the Holocaust - Jewish News

WJC CEO Robert Singer: "The fact you had 42,000 people sitting in the stands, seeing the slogan ‘Say No To Anti-Semitism’, means many people were exposed to it and I think it’s only the start of the process.”

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urges Germany to solve issue of Nazi-looted art once and for all

“I'm afraid our topic tonight, Nazi-looted art, the Washington Principles, and the fact that we are still dealing with this topic, 73 years after the end of World War II, is simply not acceptable."

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urges European leaders: 'Stand up and say strongly - hatred of Jews ends here and now'

Addressing participants at the Rome International Conference on Anti-Semitism, Lauder said: “New Europe is suddenly looking an awful lot like the Europe of the 1930s. As a Jew, I can think of nothing more dangerous.”

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WJC condemns attack on French boy, demands authorities take severe and punitive measures

“The World Jewish Congress stands with the French Jewish community in harshly condemning the provocative and deplorable attack and demanding immediate action from the French police and judicial system,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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Remembering the Holocaust and today’s ‘stateless’ refugees | Menachem Rosensaft - Boston Herald

WJC General Counsel Menachem Rosensaft writes in the Boston Herald: 'Just as Jews are commanded at the Passover Seder to remember that we were slaves in Egypt, I can never forget that my parents and I were once stateless refugees.'

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'It is our duty as human beings to honor the victims of the Holocaust and make sure it never happens again'

WJC Jewish Diplomat Ela Cenudioglu reflects on Holocaust remembrance and the idea behind the World Jewish Congress #WeRemember campaign, after taking part in the Italian Jewish community's annual Run for Remembrance.

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Jewish leaders meet Guatemalan president in support of Jerusalem embassy move - Jerusalem Post

WJC-North America executive director Betty Ehringberg remarked: "We are here working together with the Latin Coalition for Israel, the American Jewish community and Jewish and Christian leaders, celebrating understanding and mutual respect, and hoping that there are more countries that will follow the example of Guatemala.”

Press Releases

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World Jewish Congress, Israel’s Consulate in New York hold 3rd annual Campus Pitch Competition

Binghamton University students win $10,000 grant for proposal to bring Israeli water innovation to Africa.

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World Jewish Congress and Knesset Christian Allies Caucus honor Christian leaders committed to Israel

Rep. Alan Clemmons and Christine Darg each to receive prestigious awards at 12th annual 'Night to Honor our Christian Allies'; US Ambassador David Friedman delivers keynote address.

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Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism on social media up 30 percent in January 2018 compared to 2016, WJC report finds

World Jewish Congress demands social media companies abide by own guidelines restricting hate speech, and urges government to enforce strict regulations to curb its proliferation.

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Five student groups to pitch ideas for Israel advocacy project on campus, for chance to win $5,000 grant for implementation

World Jewish Congress and Israel's Consulate in New York to hold third annual Campus Pitch Competition

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WJC decries anti-Israel protest at King’s College: ‘it is never acceptable to engender fear in the name of political activism’

WJC President Lauder decried the “contemptuous demonstration” exhibited by the student protesters, who called Meridor a war criminal and accused Israel of being a terrorist state. Lauder thanked campus security for its quick attention, and urged King’s College to do everything in its power to prevent such an incident from occurring again.

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World Jewish Congress praises Germany for agreeing to compensate Jewish Nazi victims from Algeria

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: "Apart from the material dimension of this decision, it is also a highly symbolic step: finally, those who suffered tremendous injustice are now being formally recognized as Nazi victims.”

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WJC petition signed by 175,000 and calling for ban on neo-Nazi march delivered to Bulgarian PM       

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer met with Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and handed him a petition requesting that the Bulgarian government issue an administrative ban on a neo-Nazi march scheduled for February 17.

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More than 1,000 run through Bologna in road race for Holocaust remembrance

World Jewish Congress joins Italian Jewish community for second annual Run for Remembrance, initiated by President of the Italian Union of Jewish Communities Noemi Di Segni.

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World Jewish Congress calls Poland’s new Holocaust law ‘historical obfuscation’ and an ‘attack on democracy’

"Poland’s new law is especially objectionable as it stifles any real confrontation with the most chilling aspect of the country’s wartime history - the extent to which local Poles were complicit in the destruction of their Jewish neighbors.”