The WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps is a flagship program of the WJC, and a worldwide network of Jewish professionals acting in the fields of diplomacy and public policy on behalf of world Jewry. At present, we have a cadre of over 200 members aged 27 to 45 from more than 40 countries, who are already accomplished professionals in their own rights. Members, known as Jewish Diplomats (JDs), include lawyers, community leaders, social media experts, venture capitalists, university professors, marketing specialists and entrepreneurs. Our objective is to represent and strengthen the Jewish communities worldwide, where our members are also taking up leadership roles. WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps activities focus on advocacy on WJC core topics, such as interfaith relations, combating the delegitimisation of Israel, anti-Semitism and Holocaust legacy, as well as safeguarding human rights and minority rights.
Over the course of the three-day mission, the WJC JDCorps visited Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, and engaged with leaders of Israeli society in government, academia, media, faith communities, business and young leadership on issues including regional and security developments in Israel and the Middle East, models of coexistence, drivers of innovation and academic excellence, and Israel in the eyes of the international media.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: "This manifesto is a declaration of our promise to continue to defend and promote the world’s only Jewish state, and to stand by and assist in ensuring its bright and secure future"
Members of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress meet with a broad range of leaders of Israeli society in government, academia, media, and faith communities to advance Israel and Diaspora relations.
WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps member Steven Altmann-Richer was delivering a statement calling out the body for its release of an anti-Israel report issued by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.
In an open exchange of views with the representatives, the JDs addressed the bias against Israel and the anti-Israel resolutions which are often adopted by UNESCO’s governing bodies, the ongoing politicization which is currently plaguing the organization and the need for UNESCO to focus on its original mandate through much needed reform.
"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.
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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