WJC President Ronald S. Lauder addresses the 2021 Theodor Herzl Gala - World Jewish Congress

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder addresses the 2021 Theodor Herzl Gala

NEW YORK – Although the State of Israel’s enemies could not defeat the Jewish state militarily or economically, they are now trying to do so “politically and we see their influence growing everywhere,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said in his remarks Tuesday at the organization’s annual gala dinner in New York City.

During the past 25 years, he said, Middle Eastern countries have “quietly donated large sums of money to our best universities, under the guise of creating Middle East studies departments. They brought in anti-Israel professors and this has had a huge impact. While few were paying attention, these departments have successfully turned colleges, which were once honest in their teaching, into anti-Israel propaganda arenas. Young people have turned against Israel. The media has turned against Israel. You can see it all over the internet.”

Such anti-Israel sentiments, Amb. Lauder continued, have “even filtered down to voters, who have elected representatives in the United States Congress who have raised some of the most disgusting blood libels, antisemitic canards and pro-BDS support, without any shame whatsoever. Even worse, their party leaders refuse or are too afraid to condemn them. There are 37 Jewish members of Congress, where are they? Don’t you think we should hear more from them?”

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