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WJC responds to mass shooting in Hanau

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

NEW YORK – Reacting to the mass shooting in Hanau, Germany, which claimed the lives of nine people, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said: “The World Jewish Congress is extremely concerned about the rising threats against minorities in Germany from both sides of the political landscape in Germany. Today’s events in Hanau, are just two more examples of the far-right violence that targets Jewish citizens, immigrants and all people, who might not fit a long standing and bizarre racial view of some German citizens. Germany, of all countries in Europe, must be sensitive to this deadly and growing issue. This tragedy underscores the need for far more effective measures by the police and authorities to protect the lives of Germany’s minorities.But it isn’t just minorities that are threatened.
These crimes pose the greatest threat to the democratic fabric of German society and Germany’s commitment to uphold the values at the core of its postwar identity.Sadly, the connection between the recent tragedy in Halle to the latest shooting spree in Hanau is evident. Unless German authorities stop this now with real and tough laws along with real law enforcement, the genie of xenophobic bigotry that had been held down for 75 years, will be let loose again and that is something that the world cannot afford.”

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WJC President Ronald S. Lauder calls for unity in fight against hate in address to Vatican officials

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 novembre 2019

ROME – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder delivered the keynote address at an event at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, an institution of the Holy See. The event, Human Fraternity: A Jewish Reflection for Common Coexistence, brought together leading figures within the Catholic Church, Jewish community officials, and members of the diplomatic community to encourage and foster dialogue between the Abrahamic faiths. In his remarks, Lauder emphasized the importance of mutual respect and understanding between all religions and reiterated his endorsement of the spirit and values outlined in the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Human Fraternity, heralding it as a “defining international document” that deserves the respect of world Jewry.
Speaking those assembled, Lauder said, “Human fraternity should always guide our actions. The concept of human fraternity has immediate implications for our world and our time. Firstly, we must counter-hate. Racism is absolutely unacceptable. We must eradicate it. Antisemitism is absolutely unacceptable. We must eliminate it. Islamophobia is absolutely unacceptable. We must erase it. Attacks on Christian communities and on Christian individuals are absolutely unacceptable. We must stop them — and prevent their recurrence.“But the campaign against racism, antisemitism, islamophobia and anti-Christian attacks will be infinitely more effective if it is united. Christians should lead the defense of Jews and Muslims. Muslims should lead the defense of Christians and Jews. Jews should lead the defense of Muslims and Christians. And we must all stand together against racism.”Others program participants included Father Nuno da Silva Gonçalves SJ, Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, and H.E. Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for the Interreligious Dialogue, who thanked President Lauder for his crucial recognition, on behalf of world Jewry, of the importance of the the Abu Dhabi declaration.The initiative for this conference was born following the co-signing of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together by Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, in February 2019 in Abu Dhabi. Inter-faith cooperation can make an important contribution to peace around the world and to better understanding between communities in our societies. For decades the World Jewish Congress has long spearheaded dialogue between the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – and has established a close working relationship with the Holy See.

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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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