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Third Spanish municipality reverses own BDS vote following legal action - JTA

The City Council of Petrer, a city of 95,000 located 200 miles southeast of Madrid, voted Thursday to withdraw its support from a 2016 resolution for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, or BDS, according to a statement Friday by the pro-Israel ACOM group.

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UK universities urged to crack down on anti-Semitism ahead of Israel Apartheid Week - The Telegraph

Jo Johnson, universities minister, has written to the chief executives of the representative bodies for higher education institutions, reminding them of their responsibility to ensure students do not suffer “discrimination, harassment or victimization”.

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Swastika made of feces found at Rhode Island art school - Times of Israel

RISD launches investigation into hate crime after Nazi symbol found in gender-neutral dorm bathroom.

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Report: Attackers saw off Jewish man’s finger, beat his brother near Paris - Times of Israel

Siblings hospitalized after anti-Semitic assault in Bondy, according to anti-Semitism watchdog.

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Israel Apartheid Week events cause turmoil in UK universities - Jewish Chronicle

Universities Minister Jo Johnson, has written to Universities UK to reaffirm the body's obligation to tackle antisemitism on campus.

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In large ad, Muslims in Twin Cities send prayers to Jews affected by bomb threats - The Star Tribune

Message follows a rash of bomb threats that targeted Jewish community centers throughout the country in recent weeks, including the Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park and the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul.

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Polish official charged for allowing former Jewish school building to be demolished - JTA

The Prosecutor’s Office in Konin this week charged the conservator, identified as Janusz T. in Polish news reports, for abuse of power by a public official. Janusz headed up a delegation from a Regional Office for the Protection of Monuments.

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UN rights office decries Israeli sentence as excessively lenient - Reuters

Elor Azaria shot a terrorist in the head after he was incapacitated following a knife attack in March 2016, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on Tuesday.

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Jewish community welcomes Netanyahu at Bondi Synagogue - SBS

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent his first day in Australia fielding questions over Palestinian statehood.

WJC in the Media

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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes ‘firm and appropriate’ US response to renewed Iran aggression

“It is imperative that the entire international community recognize that we are dealing with an erratic and dangerous regime with enormously destructive nuclear capabilities at its fingertips," says Lauder.

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WJC President Lauder: Paris summit ‘meaningless and misguided’

“To effectively assist in propelling the peace process, the international community must refrain from singling out Israel; it must urge the Palestinians to drop their preconditions."

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WJC President Lauder rejects France peace summit: There is no alternative to bilateral Israeli-Palestinian talks

NEW YORK - World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has called France’s plan to convene officials from more than 70 countries in Paris for talks on Middle East peace a “subversive attempt to impose a settlement on the Israelis and Palestinians without the explicit agreement or participation of both sides.”

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World Jewish Congress President Lauder demands Montana immediately ban planned neo-Nazi rally: ‘Alt-right march puts all of America at risk

“When notorious and self-professed neo-Nazis announce that they are planning to march through a town carrying ‘high-profiled rifles’ in an action targeting ‘Jews, Jewish business, and everyone who supports either,’ the local authorities must respond with quick alarm and vigilance," says Ronald S. Lauder.

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The UN is preventing true Israeli-Palestinian peace: Op-ed by Ronald S. Lauder - Times of Israel

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder writes: 'In deferring to the Security Council, the US has allowed the counterproductive bias of the United Nations to gain the upper hand, at least in the short term, posing yet another obstacle to a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.'

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Panel: Genocide, wars, indifference will make Mideast Christians extinct - Catholic News Service

"Today we are witnessing the world's indifference to the slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa," Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, told a panel discussion in New York.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes initiatives by Google, internet giants to curb terror, anti-Semitism online

‘Viral hate content must be eradicated like any viral disease,' says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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How the far right is trying to woo an unlikely ally: Jews - Washington Post

In Austria, a Freedom Party victory in the presidential election next week would make Norbert Hofer the first far-right head of state in Western Europe since the demise of Nazi Germany.

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Ronald S. Lauder praises countries for helping Israel to fight fire blazes

The head of the World Jewish Congress expressed concern about the wild fires currently raging in Israel and thanked the many countries who supported Israel's fight against the fires.

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World Jewish Congress decries neo-Nazi march held in Sofia, Bulgaria despite municipal ban

. “On behalf of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, we welcome Mayor Fandakova’s ban this year on the rally, but are distressed that even that declaration of authority could not put a stop to such a display of hatred and anti-Semitism,” Singer said.

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Yale student's idea for mock peace talks on campus takes top prize in WJC / Israeli Consulate Campus Pitch Competition

The World Jewish Congress and the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles will be launching the West Coast Campus Pitch Initiative this week, aiming for the final competition to be held at the end of the spring semester. The competition will be launched in London next semester, and in cities across Europe and Latin America in the semesters to follow.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: Strong chemistry between Trump and Netanyahu may be recipe for end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Wednesday welcomed the “extremely positive” meeting held earlier in the day between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an “an encouraging sign that the historic alliance between Israel and the United States is back on strong footing.”

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WJC and Israel's UN mission to hold 2nd annual global summit against BDS at UN headquarters

The conference will open with a plenary session in the General Assembly Hall, followed by various forums and breakout sessions on topics ranging from the use of digital media to diplomatic means to counter the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the academy, private sector and on social media.

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WJC North America expresses ‘deep concern’ over spate of anti-Semitic incidents

“We are deeply concerned by these attacks on Jewish and other sites which are intended to instill fear in our community and in those of other minorities,” said WJC NA Chair Evelyn Sommer.

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WJC US calls for 'sensitive and responsible' American immigration policy

The American section of the World Jewish Congress has called on the US government to support a “sensitive and responsible immigration policy that adheres to the noblest American tradition of helping those seeking peace and freedom” while “ensuring the safety and security” of all of its citizens against the threat of terror.

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At Holocaust memorial in Greece, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder says: ‘Indifference has not gone away’

‘The world has stayed silent in face of atrocities; this silence must end, once and for all,' says Lauder.

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Ronald S. Lauder condemns deadly attack on Muslim worshippers in Quebec City

The head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Monday expressed outrage over the terror attack at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. At least six people were murdered by two masked gunmen on Sunday night, and eight wounded.

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Lauder criticizes ADL reaction to Trump statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

"It does no honor to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust to play politics with their memory," declared World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder.