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The Temple Mount: Israel's commitment to preserve the status quo - Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

In the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Ruth Lapidoth & Tomer Treger analyze the legal validity of Israel's commitment to the status quo in view of the rules of international law concerning unilateral declarations.

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Artists’ anti-Israel protest of David Grossman play fizzles - JTA

Politics chased Grossman to New York this week, where an adaptation of his novel by two of Israel’s best-known theater companies — the Habima National Theatre and the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv — was staged Monday night as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

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Margaret Bergmann Lambert, Jewish high jumper excluded from Berlin Olympics, dies at 103 - New York Times

In June 1936, just a month before the Olympics, Ms. Lambert, then known as Gretel Bergmann, won a meet against some of the best German high jumpers with a leap of 5 feet 3 inches. That height tied a German record and would have been good enough to win the gold medal.

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'The world rewards Palestinians for supporting terror,' says former anti-Israel US journalist

Hunter Stuart, a freelance journalist who lived in Jerusalem for 1.5 years, explains to audience at WJC headquarters how his perception of the conflict shifted during his time in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

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WATCH | American imam calls to annihilate the Jews

Delivering a Friday sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis near Sacramento on Friday, Egyptian-born American Imam Ammar Shahin called for God to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews” and “destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

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Applying new law, Israel bars five BDS activists

All of those prevented from boarding the flight were taking part in an interfaith trip run in conjunction with the Interfaith Network for Justice in Palestine.

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Israeli army arrests mother of Palestinian terrorist who killed three in Halamish

Ibtisam al-Abed,released a widely-shared video in which she praised the attack and said that she was proud of her son. She also distributed candies to neighbors in celebration of the attack and, according to an army statement cited by the Times of Israel, “called for attacks on Jews.”

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Israeli spies helped pave the way for Balfour Declaration, says ex-Mossad chief

According to Efraim Halevy, intelligence gathered by the pre-state underground NILI intelligence network during the First World War was key in winning over British support, especially as it proved vital in the British conquest of Palestine.

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Amid unrest, Israeli diplomats in Turkey work from home

Turkey has been highly critical of Israel’s decision, since reversed, to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount after two Israeli police officers were killed at the holy site earlier this month. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called upon Muslims worldwide to “protect Jerusalem.”

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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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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: Six-Day War taught us that even in face of tremendous adversity, anything is possible

"The 1967 Six-Day War was a defining moment in the history of a young and fragile state in the face of tremendous aggression from all of its surrounding neighbors," says Lauder.

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World Jewish Congress praises EU lawmakers for backing measures to combat anti-Semitism

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed a resolution adopted by the European Parliament which urges all EU member states to combat anti-Semitism. "If Jews are forced to leave, it would be a disaster for Europe," said Lauder.

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WJC President Lauder condemns Egypt attack: Muslim leaders must speak out and protect Christians in the Middle East

‘Let this be a Ramadan of peace for Muslims and non-Muslims alike,' says Lauder.

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WJC President Lauder urges CUNY to replace Linda Sarsour as commencement speaker

“CUNY must not provide a stage for a person who perpetuates anti-Semitism and discrimination, or who advocates for violence of any kind, be it directly or indirectly. We urge CUNY to rescind its invitation to Linda Sarsour and find a commencement speaker worthy of speaking to its graduates,” Lauder said.

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WJC President Lauder condemns Manchester attack: 'World stands united in resolve to defeat terrorism'

World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder has condemned the terrorist attack by a suicide bomber at a concert in Manchester, England on Monday night as "despicable and horrendous."

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WJC President Lauder condemns demonstrations held outside Turkey synagogue, urges authorities to take necessary precautions

Islamist protesters were rallying outside the Neve Shalom synagogue against the new security measures put in place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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WJC US supports bi-partisan bill to increase sanctions on Hezbollah

"This bi-partisan bill will demonstrate America’s resolve to not sit idly by while Hezbollah attacks US allies, increases its heinous and violent crimes and continues to wreak havoc in the region," says Rabbi Joel Meyers, Chair, WJC US.

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23 years since AMIA attack | Argentine cabinet chief: 'Terrorism is act of hatred against humanity'

World Jewish Congress’ Latin American affiliate hosts parliamentarians from across the region for special meeting on terrorism ahead of commemoration marking 1994 bombing; Latin American Jewish Congress President Adrian Werthein: “We will not stop in our efforts to achieve justice."

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WJC commends Canada for revoking directive on Israeli goods made beyond Green Line

“The World Jewish Congress, North America deeply opposes any measures that attempt to in any way boycott or sanction Israeli products and considers these as unjustified acts of discrimination against the Jewish state,” said Evelyn Sommer, Chair of WJC, North America.

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WJC-JDCorps Steering Committee meets with newly elected chair of WJC-Israel, Gad Ariely, on sidelines of annual meeting

Members of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps steering committee met in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem this week for its annual meeting to discuss ongoing and upcoming efforts, including internal procedures and collaborative activities and diplomatic outreach.

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WJC decries UNESCO vote challenging Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, calls to reject ‘manipulative’ bid to deem Hebron site in danger

The Palestinian motion requesting to designate the Old City of Hebron – including the Tomb of Patriarchs within its parameters – as a World Heritage Site in Danger on an emergency basis, will be up for vote on July 7.

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WJC decries one-sided UN forum on Palestinians, calls for dissolution of organizing committee

World Jewish Congress sets up a symbolic protest opposite UN headquarters of empty table adorned with Palestinian and Israeli flags to represent that the appropriate forum for the peace process is at the negotiations table, and not inside the UN.

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World Jewish Congress urges Ukrainian city to cancel festival named for anti-Semite

“It’s deplorable that the city of Lviv would hold an event honoring a murderous anti-Semite, on precisely the anniversary of an atrocious massacre that claimed the lives of thousands of Jews,” WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said.

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Ronald S. Lauder expresses grave concern over divisiveness surrounding Western Wall controversy

“I fervently hope that a resolution can be found in the interest of Jewish unity and in a spirit of mutual understanding," says WJC President Lauder.