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Switzerland cuts funding of Palestinian organization due to concerns over terror

The Swiss Foreign Ministry will no longer support the Ramallah-based Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, which has also received funding from several other European countries, because the group in turn funds another NGO which engaged in the glorification of terror when it named a youth center after Dalal Mughrabi.

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Australian broadcaster pushes back at criticism over use of 'Palestine' instead of 'Israel' on map

Australian Broadcasting Company says the "story was about the repealing of a law in Lebanon that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims... As this law does not exist in Israel, and never has, it was not shown on the map."

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British lawyer fined £34,595 for anti-Semitic Facebook posts

The Solicitors Regulation Authority began investigating Majid Mahmood, a partner at City Law Chambers in Luton and a director at Liberty Law Solicitors, after the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, a watchdog group, brought a complaint after being made aware of the solicitor’s posts.

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British Jews welcome government crackdown on online hate speech

BoD CEO Gillian Merron: "This is a positive step towards tackling hate crime in the UK. Whether it is face to face or online, hate speech is illegal and must be treated as such."

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German university turns to police over BDS violence

Humboldt University in Berlin filed the complaint against BDS activists Ronnie Barkan, Majed Abusalama and Stavit Sinai for trespassing when they entered the event, featuring MK Aliza Lavie, and engaged in what the Post described as "alleged anti-Semitic...verbal tirades.”

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Week after Charlottesville violence, Boston far-right rally outnumbered by counter-protesters

"Our neighbors have all the love we need to build a unity that is stronger than racism, stronger than anti-Semitism, stronger than hate,” Mayor Marty Walsh was quoted as saying.

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U.S. pushing to quash U.N. ‘blacklist’ of firms doing business in Israeli settlements - Washington Post

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to approve the database of companies last year, over objections from the United States and Israel, which describe the list as a prelude to anti-Israel boycotts.

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Holocaust memorial in Bulgaria defaced with anti-Semitic slogans

Mayor Ognian Tzenkov described the vandalism as "an outrageous and unacceptable act”; Jewish community president Dr. Alexander Oscar stated that "the monument will continue to be a symbol of the brotherhood and long-lived history between our two nations.”

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Prada-owned clothing company under fire for items bearing yellow star patch

The World Jewish Congress contacted Prada, the owner of the Miu Miu brand, to express its discomfort and demand that the items be removed.

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Ronald S. Lauder: Racist rhetoric and violence have no place in our society

“I hope that groups of all faiths and backgrounds can work together to foster an environment of tolerance to ensure the events of this weekend are never repeated," said Lauder.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemns violent neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville

“It is utterly distressing and repugnant that such hatred and bigotry still run rampant in parts of this country. There is no place in our democratic society for such violence and intolerance. We must be vigilant and united in our opposition to such abhorrence."

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Lauder 'disturbed' by Senator's backtrack on anti-BDS bill, urges her to resume co-sponsorship

“Israel has no greater friend in the world than the United States, and I call upon Senator Gillibrand, and all of her colleagues in Congress, to back the Israel Anti-Boycott Act in a demonstration of unwavering US support for combating anti-Semitism across the world.”

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World Jewish Congress welcomes EU court’s decision to keep Hamas on terror list

"It is imperative that the European Union do everything in its legal power to crack down on any signs on its soil of collaboration with this terrorist group," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder wishes Senator John McCain a speedy recovery

Lauder calls Senator McCain a true hero who has championed the rights of all people throughout his life and shown unbending support and respect for the Jewish community.

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WJC President Lauder applauds French President Macron for denouncing anti-Zionism as new form of anti-Semitism

Jews around the world are suffering the effects of anti-Israel hate speech, Ronald S. Lauder says.

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World Jewish Congress condemns UNESCO decision to deem Old City of Hebron site in danger

The draft resolution deeming the Old City of Hebron, including the Tomb of the Patriarchs within its parameters, as a ‘site in danger’ passed in a secret ballot with 12 in favor, six abstentions and three opposed.

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WJC President Lauder condemns London attack: 'We must stand together against terrorism & hate'

'We must stand together to defend the critical values of tolerance and freedom that make our society strong, and do everything in our power to fight this scourge of terrorism,' Ronald S. Lauder said; BoD President Jonathan Arkush: Hatred of people because of their religion has no place in our society.

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WJC President Lauder praises Senate adoption of new Iran sanctions

Lauder says bipartisan legislation 'sends a strong message to Iran and its allies that their nefarious activities will not be tolerated', adding: 'We must continue to work together to stop Iran’s reign of terror'.

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At Muslim-Jewish Conference in Sarajevo, WJC-Jewish Diplomats find world of trust and respect

IN PICTURES | Sarajevo Jewish community President Jakob Finci: "This is a city where Jews have lived for 450 years, and Muslims even longer. The entire period is notable for the peace and unity among the religions, helping each other while nurturing own religion and respecting others."

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder condemns Barcelona attack

“We are monitoring the events as they unfold with care and concern, and are in touch with the local Jewish community and its security groups. We pray that there will be no more victims," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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Israeli opposition leader MK Herzog: Organized Jewish efforts essential to combating BDS

The World Jewish Congress hosted Israeli opposition leader MK Isaac “Bougie” Herzog at its headquarters in New York on Thursday to celebrate the launch of “The Anti-Israel Agenda - Inside the political war on the Jewish state,” an anthology produced by Australian Jewish leader and member of the WJC-Jewish Diplomatic Corps Alex Ryvchin.

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OAS Sec. Gen. Luis Almagro: Israel stands out in this region as full-fledged democracy

'Fighting terrorism means fighting impunity,' OAS chief tells forum of Israel Council on Foreign Relations, which operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress, in Jerusalem.

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Russian Jewish Congress marks 75 years since largest Holocaust massacre in Russia

Russian Jewish Congress President Yuri Kanner, a WJC vice president, calls Zmievskaya Balka the 'Russian Babi Yar,' and says: “We called our procession the March of the Living because we are alive, we remember, and should never forget what has happened.”

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WJC mourns passing of long-time WIZO President Raya Jaglom

The World Jewish Congress on Wednesday mourned the passing of Raya Jaglom, Honorary Life President of World WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization), and a long-serving member of the WJC’s Executive Committee.

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WJC welcomes Senate panel’s adoption of bill conditioning US aid to PA on ending terror pay

“This is a crucial piece of legislation which could set a precedent for the entire world in insisting that humanitarian aid must be used for humanitarian purposes, and not to encourage terrorism."

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After WJC exposes Arabic anti-Semitic content, YouTube removes flagged material

The World Jewish Congress will continue its research to provide qualitative data about Arabic-language anti-Semitism on social media platforms; when completed, the comprehensive research will be released to the public.

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WJC condemns Halamish terror attack, demands PA take immediate measures to curb incitement

“We demand that the Palestinian Authority take immediate measures to crack down on the incitement that led to this attack and make every effort to prevent such an atrocity from happening again.”