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Iran says U.S. extension of sanctions act violates nuclear deal - Reuters

U.S. Senate voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, saying it violated last year's deal with six major powers that curbed its nuclear program.

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Amazonian Jews thrive in the depths of the rainforest - Times of Israel

Unreachable by road, the city of Iquitos must be accessed by air or boat — yet the tiny Jewish community still imports clergy and exports a love of Israel.

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Robert Singer: For Israelis and Palestinians, a glimmer of hope in the darkness

WJC CEO Robert Singer writes in Times of Israel: "It has become ever clear throughout the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict that any recipe for true coexistence requires a system of mutual faith and respect, of stepping out of the political arena and into the personal, toward a shared future.

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Robert Singer: For Israelis and Palestinians, a glimmer of hope in the darkness

WJC CEO Robert Singer writes in Times of Israel: "It has become ever clear throughout the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict that any recipe for true coexistence requires a system of mutual faith and respect, of stepping out of the political arena and into the personal, toward a shared future.

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World Jewish Congress urges UN to recognize Jewish refugees from Arab lands

WJC, North America Chair Evelyn Sommer lays out several  steps for the UN to take to assist the Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

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CST urges British Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ban neo-Nazi group - Jewish Chronicle

The Community Security Trust is backing moves to have an extremist group responsible for a series of attacks and threats on prominent British Jews proscribed as a terrorist organization.

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Obama signs waiver to prevent moving US embassy to Jerusalem - JTA

President Barack Obama signed a waiver to prevent moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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British home secretary pledges £13.4million to guard every Jewish school, college, and nursery and synagogue in the UK - The Telegraph

The Home Secretary said she was forced to act after receiving 924 reports of anti-Semitic incidents, including 86 violent assaults, last year.

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In Holland, a Jewish journalist belatedly honored for unmasking a ‘monster’ - JTA

Forty years after his reporting exposed one of the worst war criminals in Dutch history, Hans Knoop is still celebrated in his native Netherlands as a hero.

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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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Young Jewish international volunteers gather in Switzerland - JTA

Some 160 young Jews from 37 countries gathered in the Swiss city of Basel for the first global summit of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps, a volunteer-based group affiliated with the World Jewish Congress.

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'Be like Theodor Herzl': In Basel, Ronald S. Lauder lays out his vision for Jewish leadership

Speaking in the Swiss city of Basel where the first Zionist congresses were held after 1897, the World Jewish Congress president urged the next generation of Jewish leaders to be like modern Zionism’s founding father.

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Ronald S. Lauder: Russia’s fight against anti-Semitism isn’t just good for Jews – it’s good for Russia as well

WJC, RJC co-sponsor 1st Moscow International Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism

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Ronald S. Lauder: The United Nations cannot erase Jewish history

For the Jewish people, no place is as holy as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a sacred site where memory, tradition, and faith are sown in the very soil, says the WJC president in reaction to the UNESCO vote.

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Robert Singer: Democratic nations must ensure the United Nations changes its ways

UN Secretary General-designate Antonio Guterres and Western countries must act to overcome the United Nations’ blatant anti-Israel bias, argues the WJC CEO in an op-ed published in the Portuguese weekly 'Expresso'.

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Israel freezes ties with Unesco for 'denying Jewish holy sites' - BBC News

Israel has frozen co-operation with the UN's cultural agency, accusing it of denying Judaism's connections to the religion's holiest sites.

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Hispanic evangelicals emerging as new source of Israel support - JNS

When Hispanic-American pastors from around the country met in the nation's capital last week, the main issue on their agenda was not immigration or health care--it was Israel.

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Ronald S. Lauder - Babi Yar: Why Holocaust remembrance still matters - ABC Religion and Ethics

Last week, the World Jewish Congress commemorated the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar, together the Ukrainian government. Some no doubt question the purpose of such memorials. But not remembering is the first step in making new atrocities possible.

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World Jewish Congress US applauds the House of Representatives for support of direct Mideast negotiations

The World Jewish Congress, United States (WJC, US), on Wednesday praised the US House of Representatives for passing H. Con. Res. 165, a bipartisan resolution that reaffirms support for direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations to ensure a genuine and lasting Middle East peace.   

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World Jewish Congress urges Norwegian government to oppose city's Israel boycott

WJC CEO Robert Singer: "To Jews around the world, calls for a boycott of Jewish businesses resonate in a special way"

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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 urges Texas university to bar extremist

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called on Texas A&M University to insist on the cancelation of an event with Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement in the United States, on its campus.

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Strasbourg mayor welcomes WJC-JDCorps delegation, invites World Jewish Congress to hold next summit there

WJC CEO Robert Singer told Ries that he was lucky to be mayor of such a beautiful city with such ancient Jewish history, and said he was sure that all of the Jewish diplomats present in the room would now act as ambassadors to Strasbourg and urge others to visit.

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Current levels of anti-Semitism in Europe not acceptable, Irish President Higgins tells WJC

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins welcomed senior Jewish community professionals from 41 countries world-wide in Dublin for the annual meeting of the World Jewish Congress National Community Directors’ Forum.

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UN human rights chief tells World Jewish Congress CEO: We share your concerns

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights meets WJC CEO Robert Singer in Geneva for discussions on anti-Semitism, anti-Israel policies, and other concerns facing Jews around the world.

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'Be like Theodor Herzl': In Basel, Ronald S. Lauder lays out his vision for Jewish leadership

Speaking in the Swiss city of Basel where the first Zionist congresses were held after 1897, the World Jewish Congress president urged the next generation of Jewish leaders to be like modern Zionism’s founding father.

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WJC acquires security alert system for Jewish community emergency communications

The World Jewish Congress has acquired a security alert system to enable Jewish communities around the world to communicate efficiently and immediately in the event of emergency anti-Semitic or terror situations.