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World Jewish Congress welcomes Moldovan government's adoption of IHRA working definition of antisemitism

WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said: “I commend the Republic of Moldova on taking this important step in identifying and tackling antisemitism in all its guises. We continue to call on all European countries to effectively adopt the definition, and in this regard Moldova’s adoption can be seen as a good example for others to follow."

WJC Bulletin: Status of kosher slaughter in selected European states

The principle of religious freedom and the viability of Jewish communities in Europe are threatened by moves to ban shechita, and the World Jewish Congress is addressing each and every challenge in support of, and close collaboration with, our affiliated communities

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Brazil’s Jewish community welcomes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on first-of-a-kind visit

Fernando Lottenberg, president of Conib, the umbrella organization of Jewish communities and an affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, took part in the meeting, which he relayed as being held in a warm atmosphere. T

World Jewish Congress mourns death of Israeli literary giant Amos Oz

Amos Oz’s legacy will continue for years to come, and he will forever be remembered as a face of Israel in its first 70 years of creation.

Welcome for IHRA adoption by the Office for Students | Statement by the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said: “This is a welcome step by the Office for Students. It shows a commitment by the regulator to lead by example.

WJC mourns the passing of Rona Ramon

Rona Ramon was a brave and courageous woman, who taught an entire nation how to gracefully and nobly contend with the greatest griefs. Following the great disasters that took the lives of her husband and child, Mrs. Ramon dedicated her own life to helping others live theirs – not only coping, but also rising from pain and sorrow.

Australia recognises that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel | Statement by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry

In a joint statement made by ECAJ President Anton Block and CEOs, Peter Wertheim and Alex Ryvchin, the ECAJ praised the announcement as “a simple acknowledgement of a reality that has existed since 1950. The Prime Minister deserves credit for resisting pressure from many quarters against taking even this modest step”.

World Jewish Congress mourns death of Noah Klieger, recipient of 2018 WJC We Remember Award

“Noah Klieger was a hero of his generation and an inspiration to the Jewish people,” WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said.

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WJC President Lauder concerned by Hungarian opposition party members’ moves to ally with extremist Jobbik

"Jobbik must do far more to credibly demonstrate that it opposes antisemitism and racism, and to prove by way of its actions that it does not pose a threat to the security and well-being of the Jewish community and other minority groups in Hungary."

All countries which profess to be law abiding democracies must vehemently condemn Hezbollah’s action | By WJC Jewish Diplomat Andrew Freedman

Having a name, a flag, a status, grants Hezbollah a hollow charisma which all terrorists crave. But their intent and their abilities to maim, terrorise, kill and destroy remain undiminished. And that is what all countries which value the gifts of life and liberty need to oppose. By calling themselves the “Party of God” they have besmirched all men of faith and of none. Because Hezbollah is not a Party of God. It is a party which has turned its back on Him. And the international community must do everything it can to curtail its heinous activities.

Lauder addresses special EU conference: “Europe is at a turning point - we must work together to fight antisemitism"

US Special Envoy on Antisemitism Elan Carr takes part in WJC dinner, in first participation in his new role at an event organized by a Jewish organization

WJC President Lauder welcomes US President Trump’s strong stance against antisemitism in State of the Union address

Following the address, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: “It was particularly important to hear these strong words coming from the most powerful leader in the world, especially when the voices of hate and destruction have been more vocal.”

Antisemitism is no longer a question of extremism | Op-ed by WJC CEO Robert Singer

How can #We Remember the Holocaust and the crucial need to fight antisemitism if neither is taught in a manner that will make a lasting impact with our children? We must act now – otherwise we may remember today, but future generations will not.

WJC and Albanian Mission to UN hold special briefing on rescue of Albanian Jews during Holocaust

WJC President Lauder: The only way to fight antisemitism in 2019 is leadership – if our political leaders don’t lead the fight, we have to

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder praises International Paralympic Committee’s principled decision to penalize Malaysia over discrimination against Israel

"There is absolutely no place in sport for politics, antisemitism, or bigotry, and we sincerely hope that the penalty faced by Malaysia today will deter other countries from such discriminatory policies," Lauder added.

WJC President Lauder slams AfD for walking out on German Jewish leader during speech commemorating Holocaust

WJC Commissioner for Holocaust Memory Charlotte Knobloch said during her address that the far-right AfD downplays Nazi crimes, prompting walkout

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MSNBC reporter apologizes for false characterization of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, following demand for retraction by WJC President Lauder

“It was brought to my attention that a broadcast from Warsaw on MSNBC has depicted the revolt in the Warsaw Ghetto as having been fought against ‘the Polish and Nazi regimes’. The World Jewish Congress demands that NBC and MSNBC issue an immediate retraction for this false characterization.

World Jewish Congress responds to rise in antisemitism in Germany: We need action, not words, to eradicate this threat

“The German government, under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has shown encouraging steps in establishing a zero-tolerance policy against antisemitism, but it has become extraordinarily evident that we need more than just words of determination to this regard. Combating antisemitism demands its own specific solutions and responses, and it requires the input and dedication of all levels of authority and society at large,” Lauder added.

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World Jewish Congress sounds alarm on proliferation of neo-Nazi marches across Europe

Neo-Nazi demonstrators to descend on Sofia, Bulgaria this weekend for annual Lukov March, honoring Nazi collaborator whose movement supported deportation of more than 11,000 Jews to their deaths in Treblinka

WJC stands with French Jewish community in calling for targeted action against antisemitism

The numbers speak for themselves, and a 74% rise in antisemitic incidents is alarming and unacceptable. Enough is enough, and we hope that the French Government will not only condemn these atrocious acts, but go after the perpetrators, for the sake not only of the country’s Jewish community, but for the health of French society as a whole.

World Jewish Congress condemns murder of young Israeli woman: Terror will never cease until the Palestinian Authority curbs incitement

“The World Jewish Congress is horrified by the heinous murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher. We send our heartfelt condolences to Ori’s family, and stand with the people of Israel as they grapple with the reality of this latest act of terror,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer.

World Jewish Congress sounds alarm over CST report of rising antisemitism in UK

“The UK was the first country to formally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, an encouraging and positive move for which we are most grateful. The next step must be to ensure that the definition is adopted systematically and across the board, to yield as an effective tool for law enforcement. Adopt; encode; and enforce. This will allow antisemitism to be confronted appropriately and comprehensively,” Lauder said.  

WJC mourns death of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Rabbi Eckstein's contribution to both the Jewish people and the State of Israel, in realizing his dream of bridging divides between Jews and Christians for the sake of the Holy Land, was unparalleled.

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer at OSCE conference: Antisemitism is no longer the extreme – it is mainstream

“To its great credit, the OSCE has been in the forefront of the struggle against antisemitism. ODIHR has been tasked by the OSCE with collecting information about, and reporting on, anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes across the OSCE region and it has done an excellent job of recording and reporting anti-Semitic incidents,” Singer said. "We are grateful for these efforts. Now is the time for action. If we speak out together with one voice, we will prevail."