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World Jewish Congress to meet in Berlin in wake of sharp rise of anti-Semitism across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 settembre 2014

berlinoNEW YORK/BRUSSELS – A sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks and the growing hostility towards Israel will be among the subjects to be discussed at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Berlin, which will take place from 14 to 16 September 2014. The WJC Governing Board will be chaired by David de Rothschild and attended by 150 heads of Jewish communities, delegates and young Jewish diplomats from around the world. Among the guest speakers will be Germany’s Economics Minister, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.In tribute to his lifetime efforts for reconciliation between Germans and Jews, and between Germany and Israel, the WJC’s Theodor Herzl Award will be bestowed posthumously on the late publisher Axel Springer, whose widow Friede Springer will receive it at a dinner at Berlin’s Jewish Museum on Monday, 15 September 2014.The participants will also take part in the rally against anti-Semitism organized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate on Sunday, 14 September 2014, at 3 p.m., where German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and many other German leaders are expected.WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, who will be one of the speakers at the rally, said the WJC meeting in Berlin came at an important moment: “After the terrible hostilities against Jews we witnessed in the last eight weeks in Europe, following Israel’s legitimate action in the Gaza Strip, we are faced with a fundamental question: What needs to be done to ensure that the next generation of Jews has a future in Europe? This eruption of anti-Semitism has been an eye-opener for many people, and it would be wrong to go back to doing business as usual. Instead, we expect politicians and societies to address the root causes of this hatred, and to take appropriate action against it.”Reports will be given about Hamas and about the threats posed by jihadist fighters returning to their Western countries of origin. Another focus of the WJC meeting will be visits of the delegates to important Holocaust-related sites in Berlin, including the Wannsee Conference Memorial Exhibit, the ‘Gleis 17’ train platform at Berlin’s Grunewald Station from which many German Jews were deported to the Nazi death camps where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony, and to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe near the Brandenburg Gate. This will take place in the morning of Tuesday, 16 September 2014. At ‘Gleis 17’, there will be a short ceremony and Kaddish will be recited.

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WJC, US Condemns Academic Body for Anti-Israel Resolution

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 gennaio 2014

Natali a New York (2)NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress, United States (WJC, US) today condemned the Modern Language Association (MLA) Delegate Assembly for adopting a one-sided and biased resolution blaming Israel for its “denials of entry to the West Bank by U.S. academics who have been invited to teach, confer, or do research at Palestinian universities.”
Rabbi Joel H. Meyers, Chairman of WJC, US said: “We are deeply disappointed that the MLA Delegate Assembly would single out Israel, holding it to a double standard. This biased resolution fails to recognize that many countries, including Israel, have visa requirements, and that Israel must take extra care regarding border security, considering the constant attacks on its civilians from Palestinian areas. The resolution also fails to acknowledge the academic freedom that is the hallmark of Israel.”The MLA is the principal American organization for academics who teach language and literature. The resolution was adopted by a 60-53 vote today at the MLA convention in Chicago and now needs to be considered by the MLA Executive Council before it is submitted to the entire membership for a vote.The resolution is widely seen as a stalking horse for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which scored a victory last month when the 5,000 member American Studies Association (ASA) voted to adopt a boycott. The victory, however, prompted a backlash: Since then, more than 100 American universities have denounced the ASA boycott.The MLA’s leadership seems keen to take up the BDS issue. While an emergency resolution supporting the ASA boycott brought forward at the MLA convention today failed to make it to a floor vote, the chairman of the MLA Executive Council said that the Executive Council would consider the resolution later. On Thursday, the MLA convention featured a “roundtable discussion” proposing a boycott that included no pro-Israel voices. The MLA declined the request of Hillel International and the Israel Campus Coalition to hold a counter session on academic freedom in Israel at the convention.WJC has spoken out forcefully against BDS. World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder reacted strongly to the ASA boycott vote, saying: This vote to boycott Israel, one of the most democratic and academically free nations on the globe, shows the Orwellian anti-Semitism and moral bankruptcy” of the ASA.

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Embrace of anti-Israel campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 marzo 2010

New York, NY The Simon Wiesenthal Center today sharply criticized the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) for its embrace of the Kairos Palestine Document that would mean the end of the Jewish State of Israel, as well as denies the connection of the Jewish people to its land.  In a protest to Rev. P. Verhoeff, the President of the Board of the General Synod of the PKN and to Dr. A.J. Plaisier, the General Secretary of the Board, associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, the Center’s Director of Interfaith Affairs pointed to the Church’s endorsement of the Kairos Palestine Document that insists Israel could not be a Jewish state – that such a state would be inherently racist. “Kairos rules—and you as well by embracing it—that Christians have a sacred obligation to support the ‘underdog’ Palestinians against Israel. Kairos justifies suicide bombing and terrorism and takes absolutely no responsibility for the decades of Arab warring against Israeli civilians or the Palestinian campaign of anti-Jewish indoctrination of the next generation,” wrote the rabbis. They added that Kairos only acknowledges a Jewish connection to the land as beginning after the WWII Nazi Holocaust, willfully omitting any references to the Jews’ continuous presence over thousands of years. The Wiesenthal Center termed the Kairos document “a full frontal attack on the legitimacy, viability and existence of the State of Israel.”  The Kairos Document comes on the heels of the World Council of Churches’ Bern Initiative, which seeks to decouple any connection between today’s Jews and the Biblical narrative and the Amman Call which endorses Palestinian “right of return” to what is today the sovereign Jewish state of Israel. Kairos is also being cited by activists in the PCUSA Presbyterian Church in the US in their efforts to get the important American denomination to adopt draconian anti-Israel resolutions Center officials urged the PKN to “recall this ill-advised letter” to the Israeli Ambassador. “Like you, we will not stop praying for peace in the Middle East, for the Jewish and Palestinian peoples, a peace that will not come when all sides of the conflict can at least hear, understand, and respect the position of the Other,” the rabbis concluded.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action.  The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide.  The Center is accredited as a non-governmental organization both at the United Nations and UNESCO.  With a membership of over 450,000 families, the Center is headquartered in Los Angeles and maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Jerusalem, Paris and Buenos Aires.

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