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The rise and fall of Jewish Salonica - TLV1

In the late 15th century, the then-Ottoman city (today the Greek city of Thessaloniki) welcomed large numbers of Sephardi Jews who had been expelled from Spain, making it very soon the largest Jewish city in Europe. A series of crises and disasters, culminating in the Nazi occupation in the 1940s, led to its ultimate destruction.

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WJC CEO praises Serbia's law on restitution of Nazi-looted Jewish property

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer was in Serbia this week for talks with political leaders and representatives of the local Jewish community.

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Scuffle erupts at rally against BDS promoter Linda Sarsour - Times of Israel

A scuffle broke out between supporters and critics of the City University of New York’s plan to host Linda Sarsour, an activist opposed to President Donald Trump and a supporter of attempts to boycott Israel.

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Muslim man comforts elderly Jewish woman in symbol of Manchester's unity - Independent

A Muslim man comforted an elderly Jewish woman and the pair prayed together at a floral tribute in Manchester, England in a symbol of the city's unity following a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 22 people.

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Egypt: More than two dozen killed in attack on bus of Christians

At least 26 people were killed and 25 wounded Friday in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo. Local media reported witnesses saying that between eight and 10 gunmen carried out the attack.

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Hungarian Jewish community condemns state TV for airing anti-Semitic rhetoric against Soros

The Jewish Community federation Mazsihisz on Friday condemned a public broadcaster’s airing of a anti-Semitic rhetoric against the Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire George Soros, and the state news agency MTI's silence about it.

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Hecklers shout ‘Heil Hitler!’ during South African Jewish school’s Holocaust play - JTA

Teenage hecklers interrupted a South African Jewish school’s performance of a play about the Holocaust with chants of “Heil Hitler!” and other anti-Semitic taunts.

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‘Alt-right’ celebrates alleged body slam of Jewish reporter Ben Jacobs by GOP congressional candidate - JTA

Users of websites associated with the “alt-right” are cheering a Republican congressional candidate from Montana for allegedly body slamming Jewish reporter Ben Jacobs.

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Estonia blasts BDS, calls Israel 'a friend and partner' - Jerusalem Post

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Misker told the 'Post' that his country was firmly supportive of Israel, but still did not accept settlement construction.

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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 Ronald S. Lauder welcomes FIFA Council’s move to defer decision on Israel’s football association

“Politics, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have no place in sport – these are issues meant for the negotiating table, not the football field," says Lauder.

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WJC President Lauder commends Comerica for closing anti-Israel group’s bank account

“Comerica has demonstrated that it is committed to helping the State of Texas enforce its strict anti-BDS laws, and that it will have zero tolerance for any person or organization that seeks to undermine democracy or promote terror," says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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Ronald S. Lauder: "We are one people, and we take care of each other”

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder's address to the delegates of the World Jewish Congress' Plenary Assembly in New York.

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Michael Burleigh: Confronting a new era of anti-Semitism - Project Syndicate

When talking to Ronald S. Lauder, one quickly gets the impression that his combination of urbanity and insight makes him exactly the right person to speak for the world Jewish community in these troubled times. Lauder may be a worldly diplomat, but he is ready to fight.

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Lauder calls German far-right party AfD 'a disgrace'

In an interview with the newspaper 'Die Welt', World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder criticized the far-right, populist German party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which he called "a disgrace for Germany."

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WJC and Israel’s Mission to UN to co-host annual 'Ambassadors Against BDS' summit at UN headquarters in New York

US Ambassador Nikki Haley to headline anti-BDS conference, held in UN General Assembly Hall; more than 2,000 students, dignitaries, public officials, diplomats and opinion makers, expected to attend.

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Under pressure, Amazon stops selling three Holocaust-denial books - Jewish Chronicle

The online retailer Amazon.com has stopped selling three Holocaust-denial books after the World Jewish Congress and Yad Vashem voiced growing frustration that Amazon was giving a platform to anti-Semites.

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Gad Ariely unanimously elected chairman of WJC-Israel Executive Board

Gad Ariely succeeds outgoing WJC-Israel Executive Board Chairman Shai Hermesh, who stepped down after 11 years in the post.

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World Jewish Congress thanks Norway FM for opposing labor union's boycott of Israel

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) delegates voted 193 to 117 in favor of a boycott of the State of Israel, despite criticism from government.

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Brother of fallen IDF soldier captured by Hamas speaks at WJC offices as part of campaign to secure his return

World Jewish Congress active in campaign to seek return of the bodies of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin; WJC launched petition to ICRC in March, 7,500 signatures already received.

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World Jewish Congress publishes book chronicling its 80-year-long history

In his foreword, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder writes that “this book reminds us not only what the WJC did in the past, but why the Jewish people need this vital organization now more than ever and will continue to need it in the future.”

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WJC President Lauder congratulates Macron on 'tremendous victory' as French leader

Lauder expressed confidence that the new French leader will continue to have close and positive ties with the French Jewish community and fight all forms of anti-Semitism, whether from the extreme left or the extreme right.

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder urges football associations worldwide to reject anti-Israel vote in FIFA

‘Political agendas must not undermine FIFA’s mandate of inclusion and camaraderie’

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World Jewish Congress rejects UNESCO vote on Jerusalem as ‘distorted and illegitimate revision of history’

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanks 10 member states that voted against the decision for ‘speaking up for truth and justice'.

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Education Without Borders: World Jewish Congress brings photo exhibit showcasing diversity of children hospitalized in Israel to UN headquarters

Israeli initiative ensures education for all hospitalized children. "We thank the United Nations for allowing us to host this exhibition at its headquarters in New York, and to expose the true face of Israel to the family of nations," says WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.