Losing the plot

March 23, 2018 by  
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In the northern hemisphere spring is arriving. In Israel it has sprung but in parts of the USA and in Europe/UK the winter thaw is delayed…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism on social media up 30 percent in January 2018

February 18, 2018 by  
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The use of anti-Semitic symbols and posts denying the Holocaust increased dramatically in January 2018 compared to the same period in 2016, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) found in a recent study commissioned ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more

The issue of Nazi-looted art

February 4, 2018 by  
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At an event in Berlin leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Washington Principles, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder underscored the large gap between promised improvements in reference to Nazi-looted art and actual actions in Germany. Read more

1,000 in a road race in Bologna to mark IHRD

January 29, 2018 by  
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More than 1,000 people joined together in Bologna on Sunday for a remembrance road race passing through Jewish historical sites, including those of Holocaust remembrance, as part of a series of events in Italy marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more

Proposed Polish law “historical obfuscation”

January 29, 2018 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has strongly objected to a proposed new Polish law which would criminalise suggestions that Poland was responsible for Nazis crimes, calling it “an act of historical obfuscation and an attack on democracy.” Read more

Chelsea Football Club joins World Jewish Congress #WeRemember Campaign to Combat Anti-Semitism

January 19, 2018 by  
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The Chelsea Football Club has joined the World Jewish Congress’ #WeRemember campaign, as part of its own long-term educational initiative to raise awareness of the persisting phenomenon of anti-Semitism in sports. Read more

#WeRemember

January 9, 2018 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has launched its second annual #WeRemember initiative to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, genocide and xenophobia.  Read more

World Jewish Congress and Israeli Mission to reconstruct 1947 Partition Plan vote at former UN headquarters in New York

November 28, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress and Israel’s Mission to the United Nations will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the November 29, 1947 United Nations vote that called for the establishment of a Jewish state, with a reconstruction of events in the very structure that served as the UN headquarters at that time. Read more

Teach passengers on future ‘Anne Frank’ train the history of Holocaust deportations

November 14, 2017 by  
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Following reports that Germany’s national railway plans to name a high-speed train after Anne Frank, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder urged Deutsche Bahn to contextualise its decision and provide passengers of the ICE Inter-city Express with information about its predecessor company’s role in the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust. Read more

WJC welcomes FIFA decision to drop Palestinian push against Israeli soccer teams

October 28, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has welcomed the decision by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Council to decline the Palestinian Football Association’s long-standing push for punitive measures against the Israeli Football Association on the grounds that it is a complex political dispute unrelated to football. Read more

Poland’s proposed restitution law ‘excludes vast majority of Holocaust survivors and heirs’

October 21, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has expressed “profound disappointment” in the Polish government’s proposed legislation for the restitution of confiscated property belong to Holocaust victims and their heirs. Read more

WJC Urges UN Body to focus on its Core Mandate

October 15, 2017 by  
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Following the U.S. and Israel governments’ announcements this week that the two countries intend to withdraw from UNESCO, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder urged the United Nations body “to focus on its core mandate rather than addressing political matters that fall outside the organisation’s purview.” Read more

WJC cautiously optimistic on UN postponement

October 14, 2017 by  
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President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder said he is “cautiously optimistic” regarding UNESCO’s postponement of resolutions dealing with Israel and, in particular, Jerusalem. Read more

EU slammed for hosting a convicted terrorist

October 1, 2017 by  
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Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), has sharply criticised the European Parliament for hosting Leila Khaled, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who continues to advocate violence against Israelis. Read more

WJC decries UNESCO vote challenging Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem

July 5, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has denounced a UNESCO World Heritage Committee vote in favour of a motion challenging Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem, and urged member states convening in Krakow to vote against a Palestinian request denying Jewish historical ties to the Old City of Hebron. Read more

Amazon removes Holocaust-denial books

March 10, 2017 by  
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World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer has thanked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for removing several Holocaust-denial books flagged by the WJC on multiple occasions since 2013 as being in violation of Amazon’s guidelines prohibiting the sale of material that “promote or glorify hatred.” Read more

WJC and Israel’s Mission to UN to co-host annual ‘Ambassadors Against BDS’

March 8, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress and Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations will co-host a special conference on the delegitimisation of Israel, at the UN headquarters in New York on March 29. Read more

Indifference has not gone away

January 31, 2017 by  
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World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder has addressed an official Holocaust commemoration ceremony in the Greek capital Athens, and in recalling the tragedy that nearly destroyed the Jewish community in Greece, asked whether the world has really learnt the lessons of the Holocaust. Read more

WJC criticises ADL reaction to Trump statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 29, 2017 by  
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The World Jewish Congress has responded to the Anti-Defamation League’s criticism of a statement made by US President Donald Trump on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Read more

Thousands of ‘We Remember’ photos to be projected at Auschwitz-Birkenau as World Jewish Congress campaign reaches millions world-wide

January 26, 2017 by  
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Thousands of photos of people holding ‘We remember’ or ‘I remember’ signs in honor of the victims of the Holocaust are put on display on a giant screen at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau from 24 until 26 January 2017, ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day this Friday. Read more

#WeRemember

January 23, 2017 by  
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The Auschwitz Museum in Poland will join forces with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) this week to project thousands of photographs of people holding signs bearing the words “We Remember”, as part of the WJC’s global social media campaign to raise awareness of the Holocaust. Read more

Lauder says Russia’s changes “stunning”

November 3, 2016 by  
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has thanked Russia for its efforts to crack down on anti-Semitism and make Jews feel welcome in the country, after a long history of hostility and hardship. Read more

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

October 14, 2016 by  
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The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has called on the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (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 in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Read more

World’s Jewish leaders send condolences to France

November 17, 2015 by  
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Top Jewish community professionals from 40 countries world-wide have met in Lisbon  for a two-day conference organized by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and sent a combined message of condolence to the France’s Prime Minister. Read more

WJC leaders meet with the Pope

November 1, 2015 by  
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Pope Francis has welcomed more than 100 leaders of the World Jewish CongresS to the Vatican and issued a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism. Read more

Lauder appeals to FIFA to reject Palestinian demand to suspend Israel

May 28, 2015 by  
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The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) today appealed to the 209 member associations of FIFA to reject a Palestinian demand to suspend the membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) in world soccer’s governing body. Read more

An award for Helen Mirren

May 14, 2015 by  
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The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and The Weinstein Company announced today that Academy Award winner Helen Mirren will receive the WJC Recognition Award for her role in the acclaimed film ‘Woman in Gold’ and for helping to educate the public about the issues of Nazi-looted art. Read more

Survivors to visit Bergen Belsen

April 24, 2015 by  
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More than 100 survivors of the Nazi camp Bergen-Belsen, children born at the post-war displaced persons (DP) camp Bergen-Belsen, as well as British liberators will travel to Lower Saxony, Germany on 26 April to mark the anniversary of the camp’s liberation 70 years ago. Read more

The state of French Jewry

January 13, 2015 by  
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World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder has met with French President François Hollande at the Élysée Palace in Paris to discuss the situation of the Jewish community in France. Read more

Hamas’s true colours

July 16, 2014 by  
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Ahead of a solidarity mission of more than 50 international Jewish community leaders to Israel on Wednesday and Thursday, World Jewish Congress chairman Ronald S. Lauder said Hamas’ refusal to sign up to an Egyptian cease-fire plan once again revealed the organization’s true colors. Read more

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