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Hummus unites Jews and Muslims in Argentina - JTA

Though it may have been the first hummus competition of its kind in Buenos Aires, the evening germinated over the course of informal get-togethers with members of the Latin American Jewish Congress and local Muslim youth.

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Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg defends targeted ads in face of ‘Jew hater’ controversy - JTA

Sandberg also announced in the message posted on Facebook last week that the company is strengthening its policies and tools on targeted ads.

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British Board of Deputies expresses solidarity with mosque after stabbing attack

BoD Public Affairs Director Phil Rosenberg wrote to say that Dr Nasser Kurdy “and the whole community are in our thoughts and prayers. These terrorists may wish to sow division, but they only succeed in bringing us closer together.”

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As Iraqi Jewish voices die out, a project seeks to preserve their rich history - Times of Israel

A handful of scholars are creating a multimedia resource to give Mizrahi Jews the same platforms to tell their stories as Ashkenazim who suffered in the Holocaust.

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Body of rabbi pulled from rubble of Mexico earthquake

The Israeli emergency organization announced that it had recovered the body of Rabbi Haim Ashkenazi, rabbi of the Kehillat Magen David synagogue, from the rubble of an office building in Mexico city.

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Shortcomings of Mossad's Nazi hunt revealed in secret document - Washington Post

After the Eichmann trial, people assumed that the Mossad would do everything in its power to trace, surveil and then capture or kill Nazis.

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Remembering my father Elie Wiesel on the eve of Rosh Hashanah - The Forward

Elisha Wiesel writes: "My father’s message is a manifestation of Kant’s categorical imperative: That every action you take should be an action you would want repeated the world over."

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The lingering ideology of ISIS: Views from the Salafi-Jihadi inferno - Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

It remains the obligation of the Islamic world—specifically, the thousands of Muslim intellectuals—to find a proper antidote to this contagion, writes Bulgarian Ambassador to Israel Dimitar Mihaylov.

WJC in the Media

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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.

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Italy pledges to continue supporting Israel and Jewish communities, PM Gentiloni tells WJC President Lauder

WJC President Lauder met Friday with Italian PM Gentiloni and thanked him for his country’s public support for Israel at UNESCO, including its rejection of a Palestinian backed resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

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WJC condemns assault on French Jewish family, demands authorities be vigilant in defense of community

“The Jews in France are proud citizens – they must be accorded with the protection and respect they deserve," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin following memorial to Munich Olympic massacre victims

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder was visiting Germany to unveil the monument paying tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches that were murdered during the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

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WJC President Lauder: '45 years after Munich Olympic massacre, we see world’s silence again'

Long-awaited 1972 Munich Olympic massacre memorial inaugurated in Germany; Ronald S. Lauder: 'This monument is not just about Jews. It is about all people.'

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WJC President Lauder welcomes State Dept.’s decision to appoint special anti-Semitism envoy

“America’s Jewish community is undoubtedly among the safest in the world, but the demonstrations of blatant anti-Semitism, bigotry and racism that we have seen of late make the importance of such an envoy ever clear," says Lauder.

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World Jewish Congress condemns desecration of Holocaust Memorial in Boston as ‘hate crime’

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: "The World Jewish Congress strongly condemns the desecration of the Holocaust Memorial in Boston. This was a despicable act of baseless hatred and should be designated as a hate crime."

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On UNHRC floor, WJC urges council to reaffirm Jewish right to circumcision and ritual slaughter

"In Europe - the cradle of democracy - the Jewish and Muslim right to freedom of religion and belief is increasingly being challenged in some countries.... these laws preventing certain communities from having a religious life equal to others are unacceptable," says WJC Jewish Diplomat  Aurélie Casahoursat.

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Twitter blacklists #GasTheSynagogue hashtag at WJC's request

The WJC contacted Twitter over the week to raise concern over the hashtag. A representative of Twitter responded within 24 hours that the hashtag had been blocked and that the company was doing everything possible to prevent it from trending.

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WJC President Lauder meets with family of IDF soldier held by Hamas, pledges to do everything possible to advocate for his release

Lauder thanked Simcha and Leah Goldin for their sacrifice and pledged to do everything possible to maintain awareness of their plight and advocate for the release of their son.

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WJC joins call on UC-Irvine to create comprehensive, campus-wide plan to protect free speech

WJC among 54 signatories of letter to UC-Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman, commending him for putting SJP on probation and recommending further measures to ensure atmosphere of tolerance and free speech on campus.

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WJC Executive Committee adopts policy resolutions on key issues facing Jewish world

WJC's 2017 resolutions include: proposed government bans on ritual slaughter and circumcision, controversies regarding respect for religious plurality in Israel, anti-Israel resolutions at UNESCO, attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel, and condemnation of neo-Nazism and political extremism on both the radical left and right.

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WJC-Jewish Diplomats meet key diplomats in London, call for end to bias against Israel in UN

The WJC-Jewish Diplomats (JDs) met on the sidelines of the Executive Committee meeting to discuss their ongoing efforts to work on behalf of and together with the 100 communities represented by the WJC, engaging in training and high-level discussions with representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the embassies of Serbia, Germany and Israel.

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WJC President Lauder at Executive Committee: Jewish unity is key in fight against anti-Semitism

Hosting members of World Jewish Congress Executive Committee, UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow says, 'Threats against Jews mustn’t be met with complacency'.

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World Jewish Congress puts Yiddish back on the map in Europe

Under guidance from WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, the WJC opened the Yiddish International Culture Center in Vilnius in 2014, with the "understanding that Yiddish is almost an extinct language."

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30 percent of Spanish language Google searches for 'Jew' are anti-Semitic, WJC affiliate finds

New study conducted by the World Jewish Congress' affiliate the Latin American Jewish Congress, the Argentine umbrella organization Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentina and the AMIA Jewish community center.