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Vitriolic protest erupts against Israel at Russian conference - YNet

Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese participants at a youth conference in Russia chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to Jews" and set fire to Israel's flag when they came across members of the Israeli delegation.

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Honoring of anti-Semites a ‘problem,’ says Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine - JTA

In recent years, various honors have been paid in Ukraine to several nationalists who are admired locally, but also reviled over accusations of hatred of Jews and complicity in atrocities against them.

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Vienna subway remembers city’s little-known apartment concentration camps - JTA

The Wiener Linien installation unveiled Thursday at the Herminengasse station features a graph scheme in which each identified victim that had lived on that alley is represented by a black line, stretching through a visual representation of its 21 buildings to Nazi death camps across Europe.

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Faces of Holocaust victims projected on Prague synagogue - Associated Press

Starting on Monday, the faces of some Czech Jews who were killed by the Nazis during World War II are being projected on the outer wall of a Jewish bath at the Pinkas Synagogue after it gets dark.

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Rome march promotes Jewish-Christian solidarity - Jerusalem Post

WWII memorial event recalls dangers of antisemitism, racism; Riccardo Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome, Ruth Dureghello, president of the Jewish community of Rome and Virginia Raggi, Rome’s mayor, also attended.

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Jewish leader deplores 'prejudiced' opposition to mosque in London Jewish community - Haaretz

Marie van der Zyl, vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, condemned 'the uninformed and prejudiced comments' against the Golders Green project.

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Fresh fears of far-right gains in Europe - Jewish Week

Strong showing of the far-right parties in Germany and Austria is attributed to a growing anti-immigrant populism and nationalism that is in stark contrast to the European Union’s support of open borders for trade and immigration.

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Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter - JTA

The photo featuring two toddlers wearing a yellow star was widely circulated on Twitter under the hashtag #anti020week. The digits are the Amsterdam-area dial code, which in soccer jargon references the city’s main soccer club, Ajax.

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Bulgarian government appoints national coordinator for fight against anti-Semitism

The Shalom Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria welcomed the Cabinet decision: "This is a serious call for an uncompromising attitude towards all actions that overwhelm common values such as tolerance, humanism and respect for human rights."

WJC in the Media

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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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A Simchat Torah Message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

May all Jews see one another as equal members of one people, and respect each others's differences just as we value and need each other's strengths.

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A Sukkot Message from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

May a Sukkat Shalom, a true tabernacle of peace, shelter you, your families and the entire Jewish people this Sukkot and throughout the coming year.

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Jerusalem Post 50 Most Influential Jews: WJC President Ronald S. Lauder - Keeping the Jewish Flame Burning

New York-based Ronald S. Lauder is one of the most prominent leaders of world Jewry. International philanthropist, investor, art collector and former US ambassador to Austria, Lauder has served since 2007 as president of the World Jewish Congress.

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WJC President Lauder congratulates Chancellor Merkel on German election victory

WJC President: ‘Merkel is a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people’; Lauder decries 'disgraceful' reactionary AfD party which he says 'recalls the worst of Germany's past.'

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UNESCO D-G Bokova at WJC reception: Fighting anti-Semitism requires education on roots of hate

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed Irina Bokova warmly at reception in her honor, citing the close relationship and mutual trust that has developed between their offices over the years and praising her for her “great courage, great determination, despite difficult times.”

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WJC President Lauder strongly condemns London attack: 'We must stand together in the unbending struggle against terror and hatred'

"We stand by the British government and its citizens in abhorring yet another terrorist attack on their soil, the fifth this year. Our thoughts are with the victims and we are grateful that no lives were lost."

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World Jewish Congress condemns Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingya, urges international community to safeguard rights of all minorities

"Legitimate struggle against terrorists and terrorism should never be exploited for oppression and murder of innocent civilians based on their belonging to a particular ethnic group," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

Press Releases

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World Jewish Congress to honor “grandfather of Yiddish literature” at Odessa conference

Conference initiated by WJC's International Yiddish Culture Center to celebrate publication of "Mendele Mokher Sforim: A collection of prose and memories", a Russian-language anthology of selected articles about the preeminent Yiddish writer and never-released archival photographs.

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WJC urges International Judo Federation to intervene in ban on Israeli symbols at UAE games

World Jewish Congress calls on Judo Federation Marius Vizer to "step in and protect the rights of the Israeli national judo team and keep the spirit of sport free of political discrimination.”

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World Jewish Congress co-hosts LGBTQ n' Z: A Conversation About Pride, Zionism, and Inclusivity

Special discussion organized in collaboration with the pro-Israel LGBTQ organization A Wider Bridge in response to contentious summer of Pride events across the United States. WJC CEO Robert Singer: "It is time to bring Zionism back into the LGBTQ discourse and to demand that a movement that thrives on inclusivity not exclude its members over their support for the State of Israel."

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WJC denounces ‘disgraceful and deplorable’ Ukrainian monument honoring anti-Semitic nationalist leader

“The celebration of anti-Semites – including so-called nationalist ‘heroes’ – cannot and should not be abided. We urge the local Vinnitsa authorities to retract their celebration and take all possible steps to have the Petliura monument removed.”

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WJC President Lauder Decries ‘Senseless’ Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder decried the “senseless” violence in Las Vegas today that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured at a country music festival.

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WJC Deeply Disturbed by EU Parliament for Hosting Convicted Terrorist, Urges Others Not to Give Her Platform

Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), today sharply criticized the European Parliament for hosting Leila Khaled, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who continues to advocate violence against Israelis.

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WJC-Jewish Diplomats meet presidents and foreign ministers from eight states on sidelines of UNGA

The Jewish Diplomats (JDs) represented the WJC in over a dozen diplomatic meetings and side events with high-ranking government officials over the course of the annual meeting in New York.

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WJC Condemns U.N. Threat to Blacklist Companies Active in West Bank, East Jerusalem

“Such a database hinders the advancement of peace in the Middle East. Further, its adoption falls well beyond the mandate of the Council, opening the door to arbitrary boycott attempts.”

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Digital version of The World Jewish Congress, 1936-2016 now available on Kindle

The World Jewish Congress, 1936-2016 details the dramatic diplomatic efforts and achievements of this preeminent international Jewish organization, from its founding in Geneva 80 years ago through the present.