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UN criticism of Israel's bombing of Hezbollah is absurd, says UK foreign secretary - The Guardian

Foreign secretary Johnson speaks after UK mission puts UN ‘on notice’ over what it sees as human rights council’s bias against Israel.

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Robert R. Singer | We must engage with the UN Human Rights Council to overcome its anti-Israel bias

WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert R. Singer writes: If UNHRC continues to single out and demonize Israel and apply different standards to different countries, it will not gain any credibility.

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Mexican Jewish community to build new JCC in capital city

Miguel Ángel Mancera, the mayor of Mexico City, laid the foundation stone of a new Jewish community center in the capital which will cost nearly $5.3 million.

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Filmmaker Ken Loach accuses 'Zionists' of stifling free speech

British filmmaker Ken Loach on Tuesday claimed that the cancelation of a speaking event at a Methodist church hall in Edinburgh, Scotland with the anti-Israel activist Jackie Walker was the result of pressure by "Zionist individuals" on Bishop John Armes.

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2,000-year-old Jewish community unearthed near Beit Shemesh

Discoveries at the site included “eight ritual baths, cisterns and hiding refuges, along with rock-hewn industrial installations,” the IAA said.

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Farrakhan warns Trump about Jared Kushner and ‘Jewish control’ - Forward

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan urged President Trump to “extricate” himself from perceived Jewish influence in the White House — starting with Jared Kushner.

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Woman who received doctorate 77 years after Nazis denied it to her dies aged 104

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, who became Germany’s oldest recipient of a doctorate almost eight decades after fleeing the Nazis, has died at the age of 104.

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Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US companies over support for Israel - Associated Press

The announcement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry accuses the United States of “propping up the Zionist regime, terrorists and suppressing civilians in the region,” the state agency IRNA reported.

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Ukrainian war hero and lawmaker slurs Jews - JTA

Nadiya Savchenko, a fighter jet pilot who was elected to parliament in 2014 while she was still being held as a prisoner of Russia, made the statements on Saturday during a televised interview for the 112 station and insisted they were not indicative of anti-Semitic bias.

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Under pressure, Amazon stops selling three Holocaust-denial books - Jewish Chronicle

The online retailer has stopped selling three Holocaust-denial books after the World Jewish Congress and Yad Vashem voiced growing frustration that Amazon was giving a platform to anti-Semites.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanks US Senators for letter supporting Jewish communities amid escalating anti-Semitism

“It is beyond reassuring to know that members of the US Senate are taking these threats seriously and are committed to protecting our communities,” Lauder said.

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Jewish community in Kyrgyzstan honors citizens who welcomed Jewish refugees during Holocaust

An estimated 20,000 Ashkenazi Jews found refuge in Kyrgyzstan during the Holocaust, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. These refugees were able to settle into their temporary homes with relative ease and in most cases lived in peace and harmony with their neighbors.

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Sticking up for Israel in the United Nations | Op-ed by Robert R. Singer - US News & World Report

WJC CEO Robert R. Singer writes that new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is a breath of fresh air at the United Nations, but it’s going to take courage to bring real change.

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WJC President Lauder condemns desecration of Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia: ‘We must never be complacent in the face of anti-Semitism’

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has condemned the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia as a “despicable and cowardly act of hatred” and urged citizens and local authorities across the United States to be vigilant against all signs of anti-Semitism.

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Lauder: 'American Jews are worried, it’s time to address the issue of anti-Semitism'

Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, is calling on US authorities to analyze the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks in America and take appropriate action to combat it.

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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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WJC condemns 'deeply biased' and 'manipulative' anti-Israel resolution passed by UN Commission on the Status of Women

Evelyn Sommer, Chair, WJC North America, says: “Under the guise of speaking out for the protection of Palestinian women, this Commission has exploited the chance to accuse Israel of being among the greatest human rights abusers."

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Lauder meets with UN Secretary General Guterres, rejects Palestinian distortion of history

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres met with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder this week and reiterated an earlier comment that there is an absolute tie between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

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WJC President Lauder reacts to London attacks: ‘A callous and calculated strike against democracy and liberty’

"The terrorists won’t succeed if we stand united against them, if we defend our democracies and uphold our freedoms,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder.

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World Jewish Congress criticizes UN report branding Israel an apartheid state

WJC CEO Robert Singer urged UN leaders and member states “to dissociate themselves from this report and to condemn it for what it is: a piece of vile anti-Israel propaganda that has not basis in fact.”

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WJC welcomes draft legislation in Germany to combat online hate

Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas proposed legislation on Tuesday to fight hate speech, threatening social media companies with fines of up to €50 million ($ 53million) in case of non-compliance.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes Swiss lawmakers' push to protect religious communities, end government funding of BDS

Both decisions, which Lauder called “admirable moves worthy of emulation,” still require the consent of the other house of Swiss parliament before they can go into effect.

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WJC welcomes Amazon move to remove Holocaust-denial books, offers assistance in identifying further material

The World Jewish Congress has reached out to Amazon on multiple occasions since 2013, and as recently as earlier this month, to request removal of items that breach Amazon’s guidelines prohibiting the sale of material that “promote or glorify hatred.”

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World Jewish Congress praises US statement rejecting UNHRC’s discrimination against Israel

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, CEO and Executive Vice President Robert R. Singer, WJC North America Chair Evelyn Sommer and WJC North America Executive Director Betty Ehrenberg sent a letter to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Erin Barclay to express the organization’s appreciation of her remarks.

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World Jewish Congress mourns death of Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to UN

“I was always struck by the huge respect he showed for the Jewish people and, especially, to the Russian Jewish veterans of the Second World War, who fought against and were victorious over the Nazis,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said.