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WJC President Ronald Lauder welcomes Netanyahu-Obama meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 novembre 2015

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder praised US President barack obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for meeting face-to-face at the White House and “taking this opportunity to pursue common values and agendas and strengthen the close partnership enjoyed by the United States and Israel.” Lauder also welcomed the two leaders’ reaffirmation of their commitment to the two-state solution.“A strong US-Israeli relationship is critical for Israel and for Jews around the world,” Lauder said. “For decades, America has stood by Israel, its most reliable ally in the Middle East. American leadership in strengthening the Middle East peace process is invaluable in creating a genuine and lasting peace. I know that the United States stands ready to help advance a two-state solution to help solve the conflict.” “Both President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu understand that the two-state solution is the only solution. Both leaders possess the greatness, the vision and the courage needed to move our common relationship forward,” added Lauder.The current wave of terror spreading across Israel, as well as the radical Islamists expanding on Israel’s borders and the genocidal anti-Israel rhetoric repeated by Iran despite the recent nuclear agreement make the US-Israel relationship all the more important, Lauder said. “It is therefore critical that the United States provide Israel with all of the tools necessary to maintain its qualitative military edge in a volatile Middle East,” he said.
“The American–Israeli alliance can help assure the security of Israel, the well-being of the Palestinians, and bring us all closer to peace,” Lauder added. “Progress will not come overnight, it will take time. But now is the time to re-energize the peace process by taking bold action.”

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of David Peleg

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 dicembre 2013

Terra Sancta Building (Jerusalem, Israel)

Terra Sancta Building (Jerusalem, Israel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) mourns the passing of David Peleg, who served as director-general of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) until his death last week. Ronald S. Lauder, president of the WJC and also of the WJRO, praised the late Israeli diplomat as a “thoughtful and skilled professional who did not seek the limelight but instead fought tirelessly to secure a small measure of justice for the dispossessed victims of the Holocaust and their heirs.” Lauder extended his heartfelt condolences to Peleg’s children and grandchildren.David Peleg was born in Jerusalem in 1942 into a family of Polish origin. He completed elementary and secondary education in Jerusalem. Following his military service in the Israeli Defense Forces (1960–62), he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During his long diplomatic career, which began in 1965, Peleg was posted at the Israeli diplomatic missions in Lusaka, Atlanta, London, Washington, New York and Geneva. From 2004 to 2009, he served in Warsaw as Israel’s ambassador to Poland.After leaving the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2009, David Peleg was appointed director-general of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), the body tasked with leading negotiating with national and local governments to conclude agreements and ensure legislation concerning the restitution of looted property.David Peleg, or “Pomi”, as his friends called him, was not only a warm and caring individual and an experienced diplomat but also a great enthusiast of jazz music and a connoisseur of art.

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Nazi-looted art: World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder calls on German government to require publication of all suspicious art collections

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

Warsaw Jews being held at gunpoint by SS troop...

Warsaw Jews being held at gunpoint by SS troops. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, April 1943. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK – Following is a statement by Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, on the latest developments in the case of the Munich art trove:“The conduct of the Augsburg prosecutor who is now calling for the speedy return of many artworks to Cornelius Gurlitt has been less than exemplary. After keeping the find secret for nearly two years it now appears that he wants to rid himself of a problem that he has been unable to handle properly for a long time. That is irresponsible. This issue should be dealt with at the highest political level and not be left with a single prosecutor in Augsburg. “The discovery of a vast amount of fine art in Munich highlights the fact that a great deal of Nazi-looted art remains to be discovered. Some German museums have attempted to locate looted art in their collections but most are not devoting the resources needed to do this work or giving provenance research the priority it deserves. “The principal obstacle to the recovery of Nazi-looted art that is in private hands is the statute of limitations because it prevents judicial inquiry and recovery. The problem should be addressed by the German government because the Holocaust is unique and the statute of limitations was never intended to deal with massive wartime looting perpetrated in the course of genocide.“The issue was not dealt with by Germany after the war. Therefore, statutes of limitation serve to perpetuate injustice. Anyone in Germany who possesses artworks whose provenance during the Nazi period is doubtful should therefore be required to make his holdings public and should not be allowed to prevent Holocaust victims and their heirs from seeking judicial redress by asserting a technical defense based on the statute of limitations. “Furthermore, the German government should create a commission authorized and empowered to examine all public collections for suspected looted art, and to make available information that would enable Holocaust victims, their heirs as well as art historians and researchers, to examine such holdings. The Austrian government has begun this process, at least with respect to national collections.“The painful disclosure of continued possession of Nazi-plundered cultural items by museums and in private collections is necessary in order for the German government and Holocaust victims to bring to a close this dark chapter of history.”

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WJC President: Priebke’s Remains Must Not Become Shrine for Neo-Nazis

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 ottobre 2013

NEW YORK World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed reports that Argentine, Roman, and Catholic authorities are moving to block a funeral for notorious Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died Friday at age 100:”The entire world is expressing its revulsion at this unrepentant Nazi war criminal. We commend the government of Argentina, the Mayor of Rome, and the Church for refusing to give Erich Priebke posthumous rehabilitation and credibility. His corpse should be cremated and its ashes scattered in an unknown location, as was done with Adlof Eichmann and Osama Bin Laden, lest his grave become yet another shrine for Neo-Nazis and other anti-Semites.”Priebke was an SS captain who took part in a 1944 massacre outside of Rome that killed 335 men and boys, including about 75 Jews. He was living under house arrest in Rome when he died. Extradited from Argentina in 1995, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998 but was allowed to live under house arrest because of his age and ill health. He remained unrepentant to the end, saying he was only obeying orders.

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013

The World Jewish Congress mourns the loss of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel and a sage of his generation, and expressed its condolences to Israeli and world Jewry. World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder stated the following: “Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a scholar of great renown and a thoughtful and tolerant religious judge, left a lasting mark on Israel and world Jewry. As the founder of the Shas Party, he energized Israel’s Sephardic community, securing for it rights and respect and leading it to political prominence. His rabbinical ruling enabled the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry.”A man of strong opinions who was not afraid of clashing with others, Rabbi Yosef engaged in many ideological battles. But few shaped the modern state of Israel as much as he did, which is why more than half a million attended his funeral.

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World Jewish Congress praises international Christian lawmakers for supporting Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 settembre 2013

English: Jerusalem, Dome of the rock, in the b...

English: Jerusalem, Dome of the rock, in the background the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Deutsch: Jerusalem, Felsendom, im Hintergrund die Grabeskirche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

JERUSALEM – Christian lawmakers from 20 countries will be in Israel later this week to express their support for the Jewish state. At an event hosted by the Israel Allies Foundation, the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) 25 Christian parliamentarians and Congressmen will notably discuss measures to fight a campaign against Israel spearheaded in recent months by the European Union. On Sunday, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder will address an event in Jerusalem at which 3,000 Evangelical Christians from around the world will be present.The lawmakers are also expected to endorse Israel’s efforts to defend itself against existential threats such as those posed by Iran regime and by the current unrest and chemical weapons in Syria. The Chairman’s Conference of the Israel Allies Foundation, presided by former Minister Benny Elon, will be held as part of the annual Feast of Tabernacles, the largest tourist event in Israel which every year draws more than 5,000 Christian pilgrims from over 100 countries. Lawmakers from Argentina, Bolivia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Uruguay, Guatemala, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate in the gathering.
In a draft declaration expected to be adopted, the legislators call the boycott of Israeli persons and goods from the disputed territories in the West Bank and Jerusalem an act of discrimination that is harming the peace efforts. In addition, the signatories are expected to lend their support “to the government of Israel as acting within its rights and obligations to its citizens when it stands resolutely in defence of its sovereign territory and acts pre-emptively, if necessary, to ensure the protection of its citizens and the survival of its national existence.” They are also to endorse Israel’s position that the Jerusalem should remain undivided.
WJC President Ronald Lauder hailed the upcoming event in the Israeli capital as an important sign that Israel does not stand alone in the world: “This conference is ample proof that Israel has strong Christian allies in parliaments and governments around the world on which it can rely. The World Jewish Congress will continue to work on widening this important coalition and increase cooperation with our Christian friends,” he said.

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Lauder asks Italy to urge EU to take more balanced stance toward Israel, Middle East

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 settembre 2013

Rome – The conflicts currently engulfing the Middle East and in particular Syria and the tense relationship between the European Union and Israel were the main points of the discussion between Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder in Rome on Tuesday. Letta said Italy was prepared to help in finding a solution to the Syrian conflict and added that the issue would be discussed by world leaders at the upcoming G20 summit.Ronald S. Lauder thanked the Italian head of government for the steadfast support successive administrations have given to the Italian Jewish community, and for the constructive relations with the State of Israel. The WJC president criticized recent one-sided measures taken by the European Union against Israel, in particular the issuing of guidelines for the labeling of produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and said they were harmful to the peace process.He also asked PM Letta to urge Brussels not to force Israel out of the Horizon 2020 program, the EU’s multi-billion-euro research and innovation scheme. “Europe has put itself into a corner. It is worrying to see how the EU has sidelined itself as an effective player at a time when there are several highly explosive conflicts in the region, when thousands are killed every month in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere. We hope Italy and other key EU member states will act to correct this and to get the EU’s foreign policy back on a track,” the WJC president said.The Italian prime minister said he looked forward to meeting soon with Israel’s President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ronald S. Lauder was accompanied to the meeting by Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Jewish Communities in Italy, WJC CEO and EVP Robert Singer and WJC Associate EVP Maram Stern. On Monday, the WJC leaders met with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
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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Pope Francis pledges to oppose restrictions on religious freedoms; wishes world Jewry a ‘sweet’ New Year

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 settembre 2013

ROME – Pope Francis on Monday wished Jews around the world a sweet and peaceful year 5774, called for increased dialogue among the world’s religious communities and opposed fundamentalism in any faith. During his first private audience with an international Jewish leader since being elected Catholic pontiff in March, Francis asked World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder to convey his New Year message to Jewish communities world-wide and said he also needed a sweet year because of the important decisions lying ahead. Using the Hebrew words for ‘Happy New Year’, Pope Francis wished a “Shana Tova” and asked the WJC to share that message with the Jewish people worldwide. Lauder presented the pope with a Kiddush cup and a honey cake.At their meeting, which was held in an informal atmosphere at the Vatican, Lauder and the Catholic pontiff spoke about the situation in Syria and agreed to speak out against attacks on religious minorities, such as Coptic Christians in Egypt and against trends to restrict well-established religious practices such as circumcision. The pope specifically expressed concern about the bans on kosher slaughter in Poland and directed Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Vatican’s Commission for Relations with the Jews, to investigate and host a follow-up meeting as early as next week.Francis reiterated a statement made last June that “a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite” and said that “to be good a Christian it is necessary to understand Jewish history and traditions.” He added that Jews and Christians shared the same roots and that dialogue was the key to building a common future. Referring to the conflict in Syria, the pope called the killing of human beings unacceptable and said “world leaders must do everything to avoid war.”After the meeting, Ronald S. Lauder praised the pope for his unwavering commitment to dialogue and said that “Pope Francis’ leadership has not only reinvigorated the Catholic Church but also given a new momentum to relations with Judaism. Never in the past 2,000 years have relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people been so good. The leadership of successive popes over the past five decades has helped to overcome a lot of prejudice. This allows us now to work together in defending religious freedom wherever it is under threat and whichever community is affected.”Lauder was accompanied to the meeting at the Vatican by Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins, WJC CEO and EVP Robert Singer, WJC Associate EVP Maram Stern, and LAJC Executive Director Claudio Epelman.
About the World Jewish Congress The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations. Since its foundation in 1936, the WJC has been at the forefront of inter-religious dialogue, notably with the Catholic Church.

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World Jewish Congress head: ‘Berthold Beitz earned the everlasting love and gratitude of the Jewish people’

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 agosto 2013

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder today praised German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who died Tuesday at the age of 99, as “one of the great Germans of the past century” who had “earned the everlasting love and gratitude of the Jewish people” for saving hundreds of Jews in the Boryslav region, nowadays part of Ukraine, between 1941 and 1944. “For many Jews he was a beacon of hope in a sea of despair. He not only risked his own life by providing false papers to several hundred Jewish workers in the oil refinery he ran in Boryslav. Like Raoul Wallenberg, Chiune Sugihara, Oskar Schindler, Nicholas Winton, Irena Sendler and others, Berthold Beitz was a true mensch. He was a hero of the Holocaust at a time when it was a crime to be a humane person. He will never be forgotten for his tremendous acts of kindness,” Lauder declared.In July 1941, then 27-year-old Berthold Beitz, along his wife Else, came to the city of Boryslav, in what is today Ukraine, to work as the manager of an oil refinery. There, Beitz witnessed at close hand the ongoing destruction of the Jews. Unhesitatingly, he opposed the Nazis’ plan of extermination and succeeded in rescuing several hundred Jews from the death trains bound for the Bełżec extermination camp. He did this by requesting from the SS that the Jews be handed over to him as indispensable skilled workers and issued false work certificates. At a great personal risk, Berthold and Else Beitz secretly provided the Jews with food and hid others in their own home.One of Beitz’ staff members was Hilde Berger who later served as secretary to industrialist Oskar Schindler, who also saved Jews from the Holocaust.In 1973, in recognition of his courageous stance, the couple was honored as Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem. One of Beitz’ staff members then was Hilde Berger, who later served as secretary to industrialist Oskar Schindler, also a savior of Jews.Berthold Beitz was one of post-war Germany’s outstanding industrialists who until his death served as an influential member of the Supervisory Board of the Thyssen-Krupp Group.
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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World Jewish Congress welcomes European Union’s ‘long overdue’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

English: Word Jewish Congress President Ronald...

English: Word Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder (left) and Eduardo Elsztain, chairman of the WJC Governing Board. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK /BRUSSELS – Monday’s unanimous decision by the foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states to include the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in the EU’s list of terrorist organization was hailed by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) as a “major breakthrough”. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called it “a long overdue step that is very significant because it could help to dry up sources of funding for this organization in Europe.” Lauder said that although the distinction between a military and a political wing was an artificial one because Hezbollah had a single command structure, “it will nonetheless have a positive impact if strongly enforced by all EU member nations.”
The WJC president rejected the argument that blacklisting Hezbollah could lead to political destabilization in Lebanon. “The facts speak for themselves: It is Hezbollah that is destabilizing Lebanon by illegally maintaining a heavily armed paramilitary organization that threatens its neighbors. It is Hezbollah that is wreaking havoc in Syria by deploying thousands of fighters to support the Assad regime. It is Hezbollah that continues to plant bombs in many places around the world, including in Bulgaria last year. And it is high time that the world starts fighting these fanatics instead of placating them. The world did so with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and it has to do the same with Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is important that we stand united on this,” Lauder said.He also thanked the British, German and French governments for having overcome initial hesitations and for taking a lead in the EU on this matter: “It was critical that the three biggest nations in Europe said ‘enough is enough’. We commend them for that.”
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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Lauder: ‘A bitter blow for Jewish life in Poland’

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 luglio 2013

NEW YORK / BRUSSELS The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has reacted with “immense disappointment” at the decision by the Sejm, Poland’s legislature, to ban on religious slaughter of animals in the country. “This decision a slap in the face of Jews and Muslims alike. It is a bitter blow for all those who undertook great strides to bring about a renaissance of Jewish life in Poland. I am wondering what sort of message those who voted in favor of the ban wanted to send to their non-Christian citizens,” Lauder said on Friday.The WJC president added: “Jews who observe the Kashrut [Jewish dietary laws] have reason ask themselves if they are still welcome in Poland. Today, the country that once had the largest Jewish community in the world has become the first European country since World War II to ban religious slaughter.“In the Sejm debate, some speakers even claimed that Shechita was foreign to Poland’s culture, a notion that is both upsetting and wrong. I wonder if the lawmakers are aware of the far-reaching implications their decision is going to have, and I very much hope that they will reconsider and repeal this ban soon,” he pointed out.The prohibition of kosher slaughter in Poland meant that observant Jews would from now on have to rely on expensive imported meat in the future, Ronald S. Lauder noted. Given that Poland was a major exporter of kosher and halal meat, including to Israel, he predicted that the ban would also adversely affect Jewish and Muslim communities outside the country.
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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World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2013

BUDAPEST – The 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress ended on Tuesday with a commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in Hungary and the presentation of the Nahum Goldmann Award to former Hungarian Prime Minister Miklós Németh. In 1989, Németh was instrumental in opening the Iron Curtain and in helping to secure the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder told the 500 delegates and guests representing Jewish communities and organizations in more than 70 countries world-wide that “in the 77 years of the World Jewish Congress there have been few gatherings as important as this one.” Lauder was re-elected as WJC head for another four-year term. He has held the position since 2007.“I see this as the top assignment for the Jewish people and I am excited to serve as President of the World Jewish Congress for another four years,” said Lauder.Delegates also elected David de Rothschild from France as the new chairman of the WJC Governing Board and Chella Safra from Brazil as new WJC treasurer. Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, was elected as chairman of the WJC Policy Council and Mervyn Smith from South Africa as his co-chairman. The assembly also elected 10 WJC vice-presidents ad personam and decided that the heads of the 12 largest Jewish communities in the world (United States, France, Britain, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Australia, Brazil and South Africa) will automatically have a seat on the new WJC Executive. In addition, three young adult representatives, three delegates from international Jewish organizations (ICJW, WIZO and World ORT) and three representatives of small Jewish communities (Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela) will have a vice-president on the WJC Executive. In addition, the chairs of the five regional WJC affiliates (Euro-Asia, Europe, North America, Israel, Latin America) are ex-officio members of the WJC leadership.The gathering was notably addressed by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, who said that “Anti-Semitism today in Hungary is unacceptable and we will show zero tolerance in regards to it.” Introducing Orbán, Ronald Lauder called on Hungary and the government to do more against growing anti-Semitism, notably coming from the extreme-right Jobbik partyMazsihisz President Péter Feldmájer said in his speech at the opening dinner: “I believe that the Jews of the world must unite their forces. This day also shows us that we are not alone, we are all listening to each other no matter where we may be living across the globe. The task we have is no little one to handle.”Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in his keynote address on Monday, which was received with a standing ovation by the delegates: “Anti-Semitism has no place neither in Berlin, nor in Budapest, nor anywhere else in Europe or in the world… We are firmly committed to protecting and nourishing Jewish life in our societies and to countering anti-Semitism across the globe. We have to tackle the root causes of anti-Semitism.”Discussions about effective ways to combat the rise of neo-Nazi parties in Europe took center-stage in Budapest, and the Plenary Assembly adopted a resolution which called on Hungary “to recognize that Jobbik and its subsidiaries “pose a fundamental threat to Hungary’s democracy” and that “decisive action … must now be taken to take effective measures including by enacting and enforcing legislation, for the protection of all citizens and residents of this country, in particular vulnerable minorities such as the Roma and the Jews, against threats of violence, racist hate and insults and the denial of the Holocaust.”The WJC also urged national leaders and legislators in Europe to join the 125 legislators from more than 40 countries in signing the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism.In another resolution, the delegates urged the international community to recognize the legitimate rights of Jewish refugees in the Middle East who were forced to flee their countries after 1948.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations. The Plenary Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the organization. It meets every four years and elects the WJC officers. All affiliated Jewish communities are entitled to send a certain number of delegates, depending on the size of their Jewish population.

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World Jewish Congress head Lauder: Greece must take strong action against ‘new Nazis’

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 marzo 2013

THESSALONIKI, GREECE – Leaders of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Sunday sent a strong message of solidarity to the Jewish community of Greece as they gathered in the northern Greek city for meetings of the WJC Executive and commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of Salonican Jews to the death camps. In a speech in the presence of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urged Greece to take decisive action against the growing neo-Nazi movement Golden Dawn, which he called “the new Nazis” and “a threat to democracy.” In a resolution the World Jewish Congress called on Greece to consider banning extremist parties such as Golden Dawn.Samaras on Sunday became the first sitting Greek prime minister of the last 100 years to visit a synagogue. He pledged that his government would do everything to rein in the extremists. The Greek government would enact legislation that will be “completely intolerant to violence and racism,” he said, noting that with neo-Nazi parties on the rise again in Europe, governments had to “be very careful not to let them gain ground as they did in the 1930s.”
Fifty Jewish community heads and representatives from around the world attended the series of events in Thessaloniki in commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust. They were co-organized by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. More than 48,000 Jews of Thessaloniki were deported between March and August 1943 and 96 percent of them were murdered in the German death camps. On Saturday, the WJC representatives took part in a commemorative march organized by Thessaloniki’s mayor Yiannis Boutaris which attracted nearly 3,000 participants. In his speech at the Monastiriotes Synagogue, Ronald Lauder thanked the survivors – some of whom were present and lit candles – for returning and rebuilding the Salonican community. He also praised Jewish community leader David Saltiel for his tremendous efforts in strengthening the community.

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70th anniversary of first train of Thessaloniki Jews to Nazi death camps

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 marzo 2013

New York – Brussels. On Monday, 18 March 2013, members of the WJC Executive led by Ronald S. Lauder will travel to Jerusalem where they will hold talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres, and with leaders of the political parties in Israel. The World Jewish Congress (WJC), headed by Ronald S. Lauder, will be holding a special meeting of its Executive Committee in the Greek city of Thessaloniki on Sunday, 17 March 2013, which will coincide with a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of Thessaloniki Jews to Auschwitz (15-17 March 2013). The gathering is a part of WJC efforts to show support to small and vulnerable Jewish communities. Greek Jews are currently adversely affected by the country’s deep economic problems and by the rise of the extremist Golden Dawn movement whose leaders openly deny the Holocaust. In a series of events organized by the Thessaloniki Jewish community, Jewish leaders from around the world and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be present, and WJC President Ronald S. Lauder will give one of the keynote addresses. The WJC Executive will hear from Greek Jewish leaders and experts, and it will discuss measures to combat rising anti-Semitism and extremism in Europe.

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To define strategies to counter rise in anti-semitism in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 maggio 2012

The Palazzo Montecitorio which hosts the Itali...

The Palazzo Montecitorio which hosts the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome May 14th at 15:00 at the Press Room of the Italian Chamber of Deputies via della Missione 4, The ICJP delegates present in Rome will meet the press to present the initiatives To define strategies to counter rise in anti-semitism in Europe. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, and Secretary General, Dan Diker, together with the ICJP delegates from several European countries (Belgium, France, Hungary, Serbia, Sweden) and from Israel, will hold a working session at the Italian Parliament in Rome that will define common goals and strategies to face the alarm of the overall rise in anti-Semitism and extremism in Europe. Additionally, the delegation will meet with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Gianfranco Fini and Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, to discuss the core issues on the agenda of Jewish parliamentarians in Europe and around the world.
Statement by Hon. Fiamma Nirenstein, Chairperson of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians and Vice-president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies “In these days of unrest, while Europe is overwrought with socio-economic woes and its Jewish population is falling victim to the rapid rise of anti-Semitism and brutal violence, the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) are gathering in Rome for a conference to discuss the influence of the Arab Spring and Iran on Europe and the West (see attached program).
On the evening of May 14th, WJC President Lauder and I, as ICJP Chairperson, will present the first “Friendship Award” to Pierluigi Battista, leading columnist of Il Corriere della Sera daily, for his commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of the State of Israel. The ceremony will be hosted by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata at historical Villa Madama, in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Italy Naor Gilon, Italian members of parliament and dignitaries.

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