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World Jewish Congress dismayed by assault on Polish ambassador to Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 maggio 2019

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress was shocked and dismayed to learn that Poland’s ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, was assaulted Tuesday afternoon. The assailant was heard shouting anti-Polish slurs and spat on the ambassador.In response to the assault, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: “How appalling that a member of the diplomatic corps should be subjected to such abuse. Ambassador Magierowski is a good man, who has time and again demonstrated his deep commitment to strengthening ties between Israel and Poland, so much so that in the short time that he has been in Israel, he has acquired a formidable command of Hebrew and a great number of friends and admirers. This incident underscores the need for bridge-building between Jews and Poles.”
In a front page article in the Rzeczpospolita, Mr. Lauder emphasized his friendship for and long engagement with Poland, and denounced renouncement manifestation of antisemitism in that country. “I know many wonderful people in Poland, and it pains me to think that a message emerging from that country today only serves to reinforce stereotypes and prejudices on both Polish and Jewish streets, that should have been buried long ago,” Lauder wrote. “I hope that the political and religious leaders of Poland will speak out forcefully against all manifestations of anti-Semitism. We cannot allow the ghosts of the past to re-emerge. We cannot allow ghosts from the past to reemerge and to upend everything that our two nations have built over the years.”

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World Jewish Congress applauds Austria and Denmark for joining UK in rejecting anti-Israel resolutions at UNHRC

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer applauded Denmark and Austria on Thursday for joining the United Kingdom in firmly announcing plans to vote no on some anti-Israel resolutions up for debate tomorrow at United Nations Human Rights Council. Denmark and the United Kingdom have announced their plans to reject all four of the resolutions under Permanent Item 7, which targets Israel directly and is the only country-specific permanent item on the UNHRC’s agenda. Austria plans to vote no on the anti-Israel resolution under Item 2, which holds Israel accountable for violence on the Gaza border.“The World Jewish Congress and our 100 affiliated communities across the globe applaud Denmark and Austria for joining the United Kingdom in taking a principled stance to speak out publicly against the UNHRC’s obsession with Israel, and for their firm decision to reject these resolutions as fundamentally wrong, subversive, discriminatory, and undermining of the UNHRC’s mandate and its credibility,” Singer said.“These resolutions fail to expose the accountability of the Palestinian leadership for the deterioration of human rights in the territories under their control, ignore the terrorism and oppression of Hamas towards Gaza civilians, and instead scapegoat Israel applying a severe and absurd double standard,” Singer said. “This one-sided approach directly harms the prospects for a negotiated two-state solution as the only long-term answer to Palestinian suffering, while derailing the Council from meaningful and effective debate.”“We extend our deep gratitude to each of these countries for exposing the UNHRC’s biased and one-sided agenda and proving that they are in fact true proponents of truth, justice, and human rights,” Singer said. “We hope that this will be the beginning of a changing tide within the UNHRC, and that it will soon resume its true mandate of defending human rights around the world, without double standards or pathology.”

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World Jewish Congress welcomes French court decision to allow extradition of Brussels shooting suspect

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 giugno 2014

Ronald S. LauderBRUSSELS/NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder on Thursday welcomed a decision by a court in Versailles, France to allow the extradition of Mehdi Nemmouche to Belgium where he is wanted in connection with the murder of four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels a month ago.“This man should face justice in Belgium, which is where this heinous crime was committed,” Lauder declared. “We have every confidence in the ability of the Belgian judiciary to conduct a fair and expeditious trial. The truth will come out in the end, and justice needs to be done.”
Following representations from the WJC, the Belgian authorities have reportedly agreed to provide the necessary means to better protect Jewish sites in the country from such attacks. Lauder thanked them and urged European leaders to take the problem of jihadist fighters returning from Syria to Europe seriously.“The WJC will continue to raise this issue with governments and European institutions. We expect Europe to come up with an action plan that provides long-term security for Jews and Jewish sites across the continent,” Lauder said.
In the wake of the attack, a WJC solidarity mission of international Jewish community leaders came to Brussels and held talks with Belgian government ministers, including Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet, Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom, and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. It was agreed to establish a joint commission between the WJC, the local Jewish community, and the Belgian federal government to look into ways of fighting anti-Semitism and terror threats and improving Holocaust education.


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