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Anti-Semitic violence will never be tolerated

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 dicembre 2017

new yorkNEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress has expressed extreme concern after a gang of masked men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on Saturday night. “; we call on all European governments to make this message infinitely clear and enforced,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer. “The terror targeting the Jewish community in Gothenburg is a cause for extreme concern and vigilance. There can be no tolerance for any anti-Semitic violence or hate speech of any kind, and the World Jewish Congress stands vigilant in its support of the Swedish community,” Singer said. “We urge the Swedish authorities to take every measure possible to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its citizens. No person should ever have to live in fear or danger.”“On my recent visit to Sweden I held in-depth discussions with members of the community and they made it clear to me that their security in the face of rising anti-Semitism was their greatest concern. During my visit, I met with Sweden’s minister of justice, the minister of democracy responsible for minorities, the national police commissioner, and the chief of police for Greater Gothenberg on this issue. We trust that the Swedish authorities are taking responsibility for the safety of the community and its venues and are treating this matter with the utmost attentiveness and seriousness, and we stand ready to provide all forms of support,” Singer added.“Just a few months ago, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Gothenburg community was faced with a serious neo-Nazi demonstration scheduled to march past its synagogue on the holiest day of the Jewish year, which was derailed following intervention by the local administrative court in Gothenburg, and after significant measures taken by the community, and with our assistance, all at the highest levels,” Singer said.”Anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head on both the right and the left across Europe, but regardless of where it is coming from, it will not be tolerated. We call on the governments of Sweden and all European countries to make this message infinitely clear and enforced,” said Singer.

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International Committee of the Red Cross, World Jewish Congress to hold commemorative event drawing lessons from Holocaust

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

ginevraGENEVA the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will host a commemorative event in Geneva, Switzerland on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. The conference “Remembering the Shoah: The ICRC and the International Community’s Efforts in Responding to Genocide and Protecting Civilians” will provide a forward-looking perspective on the international community’s efforts to protect civilians and prevent atrocities.Ahead of the gathering, an exhibition about the ICRC during the Holocaust, showcasing relevant material from the ICRC archives, will be opened at the Humanitarium in Geneva.Following will be speeches by ICRC President Peter Maurer and WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, and a panel discussion moderated by WJC CEO Robert Singer and including President Maurer, the American Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and the Canadian physician, writer, and humanitarian activist James Orbinski. The event will be attended by senior members of Geneva’s diplomatic corps and reflect on the international community’s failure to respond vigorously to the Nazi mass murder of Jews during World War II.“We hope that this important conference will allow us to learn from the past and help ensure that humanitarian organizations such as the ICRC can fulfill their critical role in preventing genocide from ever happening again,” declared WJC President Lauder.
The conference will also reflect on how legal and political tools to respond to large-scale killings have developed since the Holocaust.During World War II, the ICRC, headquartered in Geneva, was the principal humanitarian institution maintaining communications with both the Allied and Axis powers. While the ICRC did provide assistance and protection to allied prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany, it could not do the same for Jewish deportees as Berlin refused all humanitarian requests to help Jewish victims. At the same time, the ICRC did not publicly denounce the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. In 1995, the then-president of the ICRC, Cornelio Sommaruga, apologized, stating: “Our failure to speak out at that time was a moral defeat.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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‘Making art kept countless Jews alive during the Holocaust,’ Robert Singer tells United Nations forum

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 Maggio 2014

united nationsUNITED NATIONS – Speaking before a packed audience at the United Nations in New York on Monday night, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer noted the importance of the arts to the persecuted Jews in Nazi Europe. “The will to make art kept alive for a few more days countless Jews imprisoned in ghettos and camps,” Singer said. “The art that Jews made lifted the spirits of those who heard the music of ghetto orchestras or saw a drawing scratched out in charcoal on a barracks’ wall. It was the finest kind of spiritual resistance.”Singer spoke at “Learning About the Holocaust Through the Arts,” a UN program to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, which featured presentations by accomplished artists in the fields of dance, literature, film, and music, including choreographer Steven Mills of Ballet Austin, author Nava Semel, actress Olympia Dukakis, Professor Olga Gershenson of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, philanthropist and arts patron Clive Marks, and Shirli Gilbert of World ORT. The event, co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information, the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, and World Jewish Congress, drew more than 500 attendees, a cross-section of the international community, including diplomats, dignitaries, and arts educators and students from 30 universities.

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WJC Praises Scarlett Johansson, Condemns Oxfam Over Boycott Issue

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 febbraio 2014

Scarlett_Johansson_by_Gage_SkidmoreNEW YORK — The World Jewish Congress today praised Scarlett Johansson and condemned the charity Oxfam for ending its seven-year association with actress over her defense of an Israeli company that employs Palestinian workers at a West Bank factory.“We applaud Miss Johansson for her forthright defense of economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians and for standing up to the international bullies. She is a role model for others confronted with insidious anti-Israel pressure, and we encourage other Hollywood, media and entertainment personalities to follow her lead,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer. “By ending its association with Miss Johansson, its longtime ambassador, Oxfam has chosen to align itself with the unprincipled and anti-Semitic BDS movement. This was a cowardly act that Oxfam should realize is a reprehensible and damaging mistake.”Oxfam parted ways with Johansson, who had been an Oxfam ambassador since 2007, after she recently became the brand ambassador of an Israel company, SodaStream. The company employs Palestinian workers at a factory in the West Bank city of Maale Adumim. Organs of the BDS movement had called on Oxfam to immediately sever its ties with Johansson.In public statements over the past week, Johansson defended SodaStream as committed to “building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights” and said that she is a “supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.”
Yesterday, Johansson issued a statement saying she “has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role with Oxfam after eight years because “she and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.”

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WJC Congratulates Andrea Gergely on Election as New WUJS Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 gennaio 2014

global campusJERUSALEM – World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer today congratulated Andrea Gergely on her election as chair of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS). “WUJS is fortunate to have an outstanding young activist like Andi as its new chairman,” Singer said. “I wish Andi much success in her new position and look forward to working in close cooperation with her on our joint projects. I would also like to congratulate Chaya Esther Pomeranz on finishing her term as WUJS chair, and thank her for all her hard work in putting WUJS on a sound financial and organizational footing.”Gergely, a member of the WJC Executive Committee representing young adults, was elected to the new position on 1 January at the WUJSconference in Jerusalem. She finished a term as president of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) on 31 December 2013“In my term at WUJS, I hope to strengthen Jewish student activism around the globe and support individual student unions in building up their own initiatives, as well as running coordinated campaigns,”Gergely said in an email message. “I will work to provide Jewish students from around the globe with a representative voice both within international organizations and the Israeli context. WUJS should address issues that are relevant to Jewish students today, such as rising anti-Semitism, delegitimization of the State of Israel, racism, and the treatment of minorities. I strongly believe that WUJS also has to address the growing Jewish identity crisis, by creating a safe space where students can confront and discuss their Jewish heritage.”A native of Budapest, Hungary, Gergely graduated from the University in Vienna’s Lauder Business School with a degree in Intercultural Business Administration.The WJC runs a joint project with WUJS and EUJS, the Global Campus Initiative (GCI), launched last summer in order to counter Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigns and other attempts to delegitimize Israel in university environments around the world. The GCI held sessions in Jerusalem on 30 December for 100 WUJS activists.(global campus)

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Training Students to Counter Israel Boycott

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 dicembre 2013

English: Speaker of the Knesset Yosef Sprinzak...

English: Speaker of the Knesset Yosef Sprinzak speaking at the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly, at The Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jerusalem. Two weeks after an American academic group voted to boycott Israel, 100 Jewish university students from around the globe will gather in Jerusalem on Monday, December 30, in order to learn the best methods to combat attempts to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel. The training is part of the Global Campus Initiative (GCI), a joint project of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).“The Global Campus Initiative was founded to give the engaged, activist students of WUJS and EUJS the tools they need to help put a stop to BDS movements on campus, which are a growing concern worldwide even, as we now see, in the United States,” said World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer. “Through their networking and student activism, we hope to spread the best practices of how to combat the political, economic, cultural and ideological campaign against Israel.”
The students’ training takes on new urgency in the wake of the December 16 vote to boycott Israel by the American Studies Association (ASA), a 5,000 member group of academics who teach American studies at US colleges and universities. Starting their day at the Knesset, the students will hear greetings from several Knesset members before participating in a session on “What is Delegitimization and BDS?” with Asher Fredman, a Senior Coordinator for Diaspora Affairs in Israel’s Ministry of International Relations and Strategic Affairs, and Avi Mayer, who oversees new media operations at The Jewish Agency for Israel. After gaining “A View Inside Israeli Democracy,” the students will participate in workshops on “Advocating for Israel at Your University” and “Communicating to Influence.”In the evening, the students will attend a gala dinner with a keynote speech by Robert Singer and greetings by Shai Hermesh, Chairman of WJC Israel, and Benzi Bar Lavi, a representative of the Jewish National Fund.

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