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UN expected to vote for funding UNHRC blacklist of companies with ties to Israel - Jerusalem Post

The blacklist, which is to be updated annually, was initiated back in March when the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution in order to put it together.

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EU can fight Jew-hatred without definition of it, says envoy on anti-Semitism - JTA

Von Schnurbein was referring to the removal in 2013 from the website of the EU’s anti-racism agency of a “working definition” of anti-Semitism that also mentioned the demonization of Israel as an example of the phenomenon. Following the removal, EU officials distanced themselves from that text, which pro-Palestinian activists long criticized as dangerous to free speech.

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US Congress okays $600m. for Israel missile defense - Times of Israel

Defense Bill provisions include cooperation on research and development programs, procurement of Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow 3

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Hezbollah denies it promised Russia no attacks on Israel - Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah is "almost certain" that the IAF was behind strikes on its forces from Lebanese airspace on Wednesday.

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Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders convicted of inciting against Moroccans - JTA

The incitement conviction of Geert Wilders, a Dutch far-right politician who promised to ensure his country has fewer Moroccans, will strengthen him electorally, the former leader of Dutch Jewry’s watchdog on racism said.

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YouTube partially lifts ban on Muslim's pro-Israel video- CBN News

YouTube partially lifted its ban on a video recorded by a British Muslim who used to hate Jews but changed his thinking.

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Hate speech: Social media giants don't live up to their promises

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are failing to meet the targets they pledged earlier this year, a study has found.

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WJC VIDEO: 30 points of dignity

On 10 December 1948, the world agreed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, 30 people from 6 continents share this one, essential message.

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Underhanded tactics’ of BDS movement unnerve Jews on college campuses worldwide - Algemeiner

Regular scheduling of BDS votes on Shabbat and holidays amounts to a pattern aimed at preventing Jewish students from countering Israel’s increasingly professionalized, sophisticated and well-funded on-campus critics, Jewish leaders say.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes initiatives by Google, internet giants to curb terror, anti-Semitism online

‘Viral hate content must be eradicated like any viral disease,' says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.

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How the far right is trying to woo an unlikely ally: Jews - Washington Post

In Austria, a Freedom Party victory in the presidential election next week would make Norbert Hofer the first far-right head of state in Western Europe since the demise of Nazi Germany.

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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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World Jewish Congress demands Ecuador’s UN envoy publicly apologize for equating Zionism with Nazism

In letter Ambassador Horacio Sevilla, WJC CEO Robert Singer calls remarks an insult to the memory of Holocaust victims and a trivialization of genocide.

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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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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.