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Hungary blocks more than 20 websites for Holocaust denial

A Budapest court has ordered the temporary shutdown of nearly two dozen websites that carry content denying the Holocaust, the Budapest chief prosecutor said. 

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US ‘concerned’ over advanced air defense battery at Iran nuke site

The US State Department has expressed concern at recent reports that Iran has deployed an advanced air defense system to guard a secretive nuclear site.

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Report: UN funneled millions to Assad regime via aid program - Israel Hayom

The United Nations has violated US and EU sanctions by paying associates of Syrian President Bashar Assad tens of millions of dollars through an aid program, 'The Guardian' reports.

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Gene Wilder’s most Jewish moments - Religion News Service

There were few comic actors as beloved as Gene Wilder, who died Monday at the age of 83, and few who were as recognizably Jewish.

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Lithuania town marks 75th anniversary of massacre of Jews - Associated Press

President Dalia Grybauskaite says commemoration of Moletai massacres shows the Baltic country is becoming more "open and tolerant."

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UN official: Demolition of unauthorized Palestinian village would be sign of Israeli annexation goals

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, made remarks in report to Security Council in New York.

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Brussels Air agrees to serve Israeli snack on flights after Jerusalem outcry - Times of Israel

The move comes after the Foreign Ministry embarked on a campaign to have Brussels Airlines rethink the decision not to stock Achva halva, accusing the airline of joining a boycott of Israel. A spokesperson for the carrier told The Times of Israel last week that it had no interest in any boycotts or in being involved in politics.

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Italy’s national Jewish museum joins cultural sites donating a day of proceeds to earthquake relief - JTA

Meanwhile, more than 20 volunteers from the Israeli aid organization IsraAid have been working in the earthquake zone since Thursday along with other relief organizations, including volunteers from Islamic Relief Italia.

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Rabbis deny report of Louisville synagogue resettling Jewish Syrian refugees - JTA

On Friday, JTA received an anonymous report that an unnamed Conservative synagogue in the city had welcomed three Syrian Jewish families. The report provided the names and some personal details of the families, but did not name the synagogue. Other publications have since published the report.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Auschwitz

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder has hailed Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as “a strong signal” against hatred and called the Catholic Church leader “one of the closest ally Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism."

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World Jewish Congress President: Polish officials must immediately apologize for remarks questioning Poles’ involvement in murder of Jews during WWII

Ronald S. Lauder: “In a free Poland, there is no room for prejudice;” Statements “slap in the face” to Jewish community.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder decries attack in Nice, urges international community to unite and 'rip this terrorism from its roots'

“The heinous attack carried out against scores of innocent people in Nice tonight was nothing short of an act of war and the world must treat it as such,” Lauder said.

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Ronald Lauder works to spark the flames of Jewry’s future - Times of Israel

The recent winner of the Guardian of Zion Award speaks about art restitution, the evils of anti-Israelism, and the need to make more ‘Jewish worlds’.

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Ronald Lauder works to spark the flames of Jewry’s future - Times of Israel

The recent winner of the Guardian of Zion Award speaks about art restitution, the evils of anti-Israelism, and the need to make more ‘Jewish worlds’.

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder called Wiesel, who passed away Saturday at the age of 87, “a beacon of light” and said the Jewish world “owes him an enormous debt of gratitude.

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Ronald S. Lauder: Abbas' ‘inciting’ remarks hinder critical efforts to relaunch peace talks

WJC president urges Palestinian leader to retract European Parliament remarks

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Lauder: ‘If all Jews left Europe tomorrow, it would be sad for the Jews, but a disaster for Europe’

WATCH: The president of the World Jewish Congress on Sunday addressed the Board of Deputies of British Jews and warned of a growing tide of hatred and terror targeted against Jews and others, including in Britain.

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Robert Singer: Russia and Israel, unlikely bedfellows for 25 years

Ties between Russian and Israel mustn’t be looked at through rose-colored glasses, but there is no doubt that this is an historic time for Russia and the Jewish people, one that is mutually beneficial for both sides.

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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Auschwitz

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder has hailed Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as “a strong signal” against hatred and called the Catholic Church leader “one of the closest ally Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism."

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WJC President Lauder condemns terror attack in France which leaves 86-year-old priest dead

Ronald S. Lauder on Tuesday issued a strong condemnation of the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, calling it “a monstrous and evil act of murder committed against innocent people inside a house of worship.”

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World Jewish Congress President: Polish officials must immediately apologize for remarks questioning Poles’ involvement in murder of Jews during WWII

Ronald S. Lauder: “In a free Poland, there is no room for prejudice;” Statements “slap in the face” to Jewish community.

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Paraguayan President Cartes: 'Israel is in the heart of Paraguayans'

Before the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, President Horacio Cartes expressed his satisfaction at being the first Paraguayan head of state to visit Israel.

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'This struggle is not for Jews alone,' says EU's coordinator on fighting anti-Semitism

The European Commission's coordinator on combating anti-Semitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, told a forum in Jerusalem that a spike of anti-Semitic incidents had not been due to the influx of Syrian refugees into Europe.

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Latin American Jewish Congress hosts region's first Global Forum Combating Anti-Semitism

LAJC President Jack Terpins: Anti-Semitism is a social disease which must be fought by society as a whole; Forum held on anniversary of 1994 AMIA bombing; Argentinian Vice President Gabriela Michetti addressed opening dinner.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder decries attack in Nice, urges international community to unite and 'rip this terrorism from its roots'

“The heinous attack carried out against scores of innocent people in Nice tonight was nothing short of an act of war and the world must treat it as such,” Lauder said.

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WJC concerned by Ukraine's decision to rename Kyiv boulevard after ultra-nationalist complicit in murdering Jews during Holocaust

The WJC “utterly rejects” the idea of elevating the memory of Stepan Bandera as a figure to be honored in modern-day Ukraine, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said.

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder called Wiesel, who passed away Saturday at the age of 87, “a beacon of light” and said the Jewish world “owes him an enormous debt of gratitude.