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With UNESCO vote, Palestinians’ bid for attention backfires - JTA

If the latest draft resolution at UNESCO on “Occupied Palestine” succeeded in the Palestinians’ aims to reclaim the world’s attention, then it was a Pyrrhic victory at best and a setback at worst.

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Czech parliament denounces UNESCO Jerusalem resolution - CTK

The Czech Chamber of Deputies denounced the Arab countries-proposed UNESCO resolution on cultural heritage in eastern Jerusalem, about which Israel says it ignores the Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, at its session on Wednesday.

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Commemoration marks 75 years since the start of Jewish deportations by the Nazis - Deutsche Welle

In 1941, the Nazis began deporting Jews to death camps. The infamous Track 17 at Berlin's Grunewald station was the departure point.

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Jewish members of Congress denounce UNESCO resolution - Arutz Sheva

A group of Jewish American lawmakers on Wednesday issued a statement denouncing the UNESCO resolution which denies the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

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British inter-faith activist Sigmund Sternberg passes away

The renowned interfaith activist and philanthropist Sir Sigmund Sternberg died Tuesday at the age of 95.

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Richard Ferrer: 'Holohoax' hashtags and 'Zio' slurs - when will Twitter take anti-Semitism seriously? - IB Times

Free speech ends where race hate, threats and incitement begin.

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Israel cries foul over UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem's religious sites - Los Angeles Times

The United Nations’ cultural agency on Tuesday endorsed a controversial resolution on Jerusalem that Israeli officials have assailed as omitting the historical link of the Jewish people to the city.

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French far-right politician wants kippah ban to fight Islamic extremism

National Front leader Marine Le Pen said that if elected France's new president next year, she would push for a ban of all displays of religious symbols and clothing in public, including Jewish ones.

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Mexico fires Jewish UNESCO envoy over Jerusalem vote - Jewish News

Andrés Roemer was released after protesting his country’s support for a resolution which denied Jewish ties to Temple Mount.

WJC in the Media

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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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Hispanic evangelicals emerging as new source of Israel support - JNS

When Hispanic-American pastors from around the country met in the nation's capital last week, the main issue on their agenda was not immigration or health care--it was Israel.

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Ronald S. Lauder - Babi Yar: Why Holocaust remembrance still matters - ABC Religion and Ethics

Last week, the World Jewish Congress commemorated the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar, together the Ukrainian government. Some no doubt question the purpose of such memorials. But not remembering is the first step in making new atrocities possible.

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Ronald S. Lauder - Babi Yar: Why Holocaust remembrance still matters - ABC Religion and Ethics

Last week, the World Jewish Congress commemorated the 75th anniversary of Babi Yar, together the Ukrainian government. Some no doubt question the purpose of such memorials. But not remembering is the first step in making new atrocities possible.

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Rivlin to meet with Jewish and world leaders in Ukraine - Jerusalem

Israel's president will n international group of participants at Babi Yaar that will include World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder, who will head a 100-member delegation of the WJC. Lauder will also be among the speakers at the ceremony.

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WJC President Lauder calls UN Chief Ban’s remarks on Israel ‘a missed opportunity’

"Holding Israel disproportionately responsible for the deteriorating conditions separating Israelis and Palestinians does not further the cause of peace," Lauder said.

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New consul general hopes to advance the diplomatic ball for Israel - Jewish Journal

Sam Grundwerg has arrived in Los Angeles, and it is a fairly safe bet that he is the first Israeli consul general who has been elected to the football hall of fame.

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Interview with Robert Singer: Greek-Israeli cooperation in defense, energy ‘important’ - Kathimerini

In an interview with 'Kathimerini' during a recent visit to Athens, the WJC CEO hails Greece for supporting closer ties with Israel in a broad range of activities, while expressing concern over the influence of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

Press Releases

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Lauder says UNESCO vote on Jerusalem is ‘anti-Semitism on steroids’

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder condemned a vote by the Executive Board of UNESCO as “shameful” and said it openly downplayed the Jewish connection to Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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WJC warns UNESCO of adopting ‘another inflammatory, one-sided decision’ denying Jewish link to Jerusalem

The World Jewish Congress called on the Executive Board of UNESCO to refrain from adopting “yet another inflammatory, one-sided decision” that harshly condemns Israel and denies or downplays Judaism’s and Christianity’s connections to the holy sites.

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WJC President Lauder: Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos deserves Nobel Peace Prize

"President Santos thoroughly deserves this award. He really is a peace-maker," World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in reaction to the news that the Colombian leader was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

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Lauder calls Filipino leader's Hitler praise 'revolting', urges him to apologize

Ronald S. Lauder condemned the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines who praised Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and said he would be happy to slaughter drug addicts in his country just as Hitler had slaughtered the Jews. 

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75 years after Babi Yar: WJC leaders praise 'miracle of Jewish revival in Ukraine', but say world hasn't learned lessons of Holocaust

A large delegation of the World Jewish Congress was in Kyiv, Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the 1941 massacre of more than 33,000 Jews.

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'He embodied the Zionist dream': World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Shimon Peres

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder paid tribute to former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. “He did Israel proud and made Jews in every corner of the world proud of Israel."

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Integration of migrants is critical, Pope Francis tells World Jewish Congress leaders

A delegation of the World Jewish Congress led by Ronald S. Lauder was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican. In his address, the pope spoke about the challenge to promote peace in the world and about the refugee crisis.

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WJC President Lauder joins UNESCO head Irina Bokova in honoring Elie Wiesel at high-profile event in New York

Ronald S. Lauder delivered a tribute to the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, at a high-profile awards evening honoring heroes in the global campaign against violent extremism in New York City.

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World Jewish Congress to co-organize events on 75th anniversary of Babi Yar massacre

A 100-strong WJC delegation will be in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv next week to take in commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the slaughter of more than 33,000 Jews by Nazi Germany at the Babi Yar ravine in 1941.