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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder Meets with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 giugno 2021

Rome. Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, and Mrs. Noemi Di Segni, President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, met this morning with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.Ambassador Lauder and Mrs. Di Segni discussed with the Prime Minister the critical need to fight against antisemitism, especially against the background of an unprecedented surge in the United States and Europe, and with special attention to left wing political groups that boycott Israel, promote pro-Palestinian distortions of realty and deny Israel’s right to exist and defend itself.The discussion also focused on the need to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, changes in criminal offenses in Italy related to hate crimes, legitimization of fascism, and far right radicalization. Ambassador Lauder also highlighted the need for Italy – as part of its economic recovery plan – to invest in tourism featuring special itineraries of Italian Jewish heritage, including the Ghetto and synagogues of Venice and other important Jewish sites.Italy is the first country in Europe that Ambassador Lauder has visited following the prolonged travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambassador Lauder and Mrs. Di Segni were accompanied at the meeting by the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Advisor Ambassador Luigi Mattioli, and WJC Executive Vice President Maram Stern. The meeting occurs on a historically significant date; on 4 June 1944, the city of Rome was freed from Nazi fascist occupation by Allied forces led by the U.S. Army.

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World Jewish Congress President Condemns George Floyd Killing as “Horrific Racist Act”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 giugno 2020

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder condemns the killing of George Floyd as a “horrific racist act,” and calls on protesters to remain nonviolent in expressing their legitimate anger. “Like most Americans, I was sickened by the sight of a Minneapolis police officer murdering a young African-American man in a horrific racist act reminiscent of the worst moments in our nation’s history. But the answer to racism and bigotry must never be rampant violence. I join leaders on all sides of the political spectrum in calling for calm as we must all work to heal our nation and bring all Americans, black and white, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, together. “At the same time, while I of course understand and share the anger at the brutal killing of George Floyd, I am appalled by the unrestrained violence that threatens to tear our nation apart. In the spirit of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, we must all bear in mind that nonviolent protest, not looting and destruction, is the only legitimate way for all those who wish to affect our national agenda to take part in a sober, bipartisan eradication of racism, antisemitism, and other hatreds in American society.”

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World Jewish Congress Urges Solidarity in Face of COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 marzo 2020

NEW YORK – As communities around the globe grapple with the health, economic and social impacts of the novel coronavirus, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder issued a video message, assuring the more than 100 WJC-affiliated Jewish communities that the World Jewish Congress is here to support them. Noting that “the coronavirus has completely upset our daily lives in ways we never imagined possible,” and that “our lives have changed overnight,” Ambassador Lauder urged Jews around the world to focus on our shared heritage and values and to come together to support each other.“We are one people,” he shared. “What makes the Jewish people strong, what has always sustained us, is our faith in God and our trust in each other. This situation, I believe, has unintentionally made that abundantly clear. “The coronavirus does not distinguish between Orthodox and Conservative. It does not distinguish between Reform and secular Jews. All Jews, indeed, all of humanity, are the targets of this disease. That is why now, more than ever, we must discard any divisions in our community. This should be an unexpected opportunity for all of us to embrace each other as one people. Challenges can bring out the best in us, and that’s what we need now.” Ambassador Lauder closed, “Stay safe, act prudently have courage, support those around you who may need help, and always remain optimistic. And remember, we will get through this all together.”
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 postponement of UNHRC settlement ‘blacklist’

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress has praised the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on her decision to postpone the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and foreign companies operating in the West Bank, which was expected for release at the UN Human Rights Council’s 40th session in Geneva this month. World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer, who held a private meeting with Bachelet last month in Geneva to convey his concern over the blacklist and urge its cancellation, said: “The World Jewish Congress extends its deep gratitude to High Commissioner Bachelet over her principled decision to carefully and professionally evaluate the report and postpone the publication of this tendentious blacklist.” “While we appreciate her stance that time is needed to fully consider the input submitted and ensure that due process is respected, we underscore our position that this publication should not only be postponed, but canceled in its entirety,” Singer said.“The publication of such a database falls well beyond the mandate of the Council and is a politically motivated exercise which would financially hurt thousands of employees of the targeted companies, both Israeli and Palestinian, whose livelihood and personal security would be compromised,” Singer said.“Furthermore, the champions of this report often promote an agenda venturing on discourse that is antisemitic and hurtful to the Jewish people. Should the database be published, we fear that the actions of the Council may inadvertently lead to the targeting of Jewish communities and fuel antisemitism around the world and, consequently, run counter to the Council’s noble goals of protecting and promoting human rights for all,” Singer added. “We must do everything in our power to minimize the vast potential damage before it spirals out of control.”“In my meeting with Commissioner Bachelet last month, I expressed the serious concern of Jewish communities worldwide regarding this blacklist. I conveyed the same message in my meetings with the ambassadors of Brazil, Russia, Romania, and Argentina, and in a series of letters to many of the important players in the UNHRC,” Singer added.
“I sincerely hope that the members of this Council will recognize the devastation such a report can cause. We urge the international community to join us in condemning this biased and damaging publication and work together to ensure that it is taken completely off the table,” he said.“The WJC will continue working with the various missions and the Office of the High Commissioner on this critical matter in an effective and professional manner,” Singer said.

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World Jewish Congress incensed by attack on Argentina rabbi

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – “The World Jewish Congress is shocked and incensed by the brutal attack against the Chief Rabbi of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, Gabriel Davidovich, who was savagely beaten by robbers inside his own home,” WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said Monday.“Both Rabbi Davidovich and his wife were seriously wounded in this assault, which was carried out by assailants who had apparently been monitoring their home prior to perpetration. During the assault, the attackers singled out Rabbi Davidovich as a Jew, and said, ‘We know that you are the AMIA rabbi,’ a disturbing and worrisome fact that raises serious concerns about the nature of this attack,” Singer said.“An investigation is currently underway, and we are grateful that the authorities in Buenos Aires and Argentina are treating this matter with the severity and concern that it deserves,” Singer said. “It is not yet clear whether this was a targeted crime of hateful antisemitism or a barbaric criminal act, but we trust that the authorities will continue to do everything in their power to determine the motive and bring the perpetrators to justice.”“Claudio Epelman, Executive Director of the WJC’s affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress, is in constant and direct contact with Argentina’s Minister of Security, as well as with AMIA and the umbrella Jewish organization Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas, to monitor the situation and extend all support needed,” Singer said. “We hope that the initial findings will be clarified as quickly as possible, to ensure that the appropriate punitive action is taken.” “We wish Rabbi and Rebbetzin Davidovich a speedy recovery and stand with our community in Argentina in condemning this senseless brutality. President Mauricio Macri and his administration are close and supportive friends of the community and we know that they will work to protect the community in every way possible,” Singer said. “The WJC and the LAJC will continue to monitor this situation closely and deeply hope that this is an isolated incident that will not occur again.”

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World Jewish Congress’ 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 gennaio 2019

New York, NY – The World Jewish Congress launches today its annual WeRemember campaign, to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, genocide and xenophobia. The campaign, which runs January 6-27, will take off simultaneously in 50 countries, in 20 languages, with a number of partners including several social media giants and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Educational Organization (UNESCO).
The 2019 WeRemember initiative, now in its third year, urges people around the world to photograph themselves holding a #WeRemember sign and post it to social media, to spread the message that never again must mean never again. Last year, the campaign reached more than 650 million people – more than one out of 11 people worldwide.
Participant photos, interviews with Holocaust survivors, and messages from influencers of varied backgrounds, professions, ages and religions will be projected on the walls of Auschwitz-Birkenau and live streamed from January 24-27. The campaign is being held in advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in 1945.Social media companies, including Twitter and Snapchat, will support the World Jewish Congress’ campaign in various ways. On Snapchat, for example, the Our Story coverage of the day, including content related to Holocaust education, will be available on the Discover page on 27 January 27. Snapchatters can join the conversation by submitting their Snaps to the public Our Story using the available Filters.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has also joined the WJC as an integral partner, after launching together a joint website on Holocaust education ( Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg, the filmmakers of Who Will Write Our History, and their distributor Abramorama, are supporting the We Remember project during the global event screening in over 200 venues around the globe.The campaign will launch with a unique call by a number of Holocaust survivors who have a mission to educate the world to create a better future, and to share their stories with younger generations. These survivors include, inter alia, Toby Levy, a social media activist who has dedicated her life to educating the next generation about the danger of hatred, and Saul Dreier, the founder of the Holocaust Survivor Band and an advocate for using music as a form of remembrance. Participants amplifying the 2019 initiative also include reformed neo-Nazis, sports teams and association and people of all religions and backgrounds.
Previous campaign participants include: Pope Francis, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Senator of New York Charles Schumer, actress Gal Gadot, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Sigmar Gabriel, Holocaust survivors, and supporters from all walks of life fighting rampant antisemitism.

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World Jewish Congress presents Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 aprile 2018

'Declaration of the Jewish Diaspora_sJERUSALEM – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) on Tuesday hand-delivered to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin its official “Declaration of the Jewish Diaspora’s Commitment to the State of Israel on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel,” signed by the leaders of 83 Jewish communities around the world and members of the WJC Steering Committee.
The World Jewish Congress initiated and adopted this unprecedented declaration on behalf of its affiliated communities on six continents, as a manifesto of Diaspora Jewry’s “immense pride and admiration for Israel’s remarkable and inspiring achievements over the course of the past seven decades” and as a pledge of its “steadfast and unwavering support for Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and its centrality to the Jewish people.”
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said: “The World Jewish Congress, representing 100 Jewish communities on six continents, is deeply committed to the State of Israel and its citizens. This manifesto is a declaration of our promise to continue to defend and promote the Jewish state, and to stand by and assist in ensuring its bright and secure future”. The declaration, designed in the format of Israel’s original Declaration of Independence, was delivered to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin by a World Jewish Congress delegation led by WJC CEO Robert Singer and representatives of the WJC’s flagship program, the WJC-Jewish Diplomatic Corps – the future leaders of Jewish communities worldwide. Upon accepting the declaration, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: “At the root of our relationship as the Jewish people there is one simple, absolute understanding that must prevail: our mutual responsibility for one another; our commitment to the security, liberty, and welfare of every member of our people. This commitment must be stronger than any disagreement. We have the challenge of cementing the ties between us as a value that stands beyond any debate. Our relationship must always stand at the heart of Jewish existence, a mission that is part of the State of Israel’s commitment to the Jewish people. I am pleased to accept this moving declaration, a simple proof of this mutual responsibility that we must never forgo.”
The full Declaration will be issued to the public on Wednesday, the eve of Israel’s 70th Independence Day.

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of its Honorary Vice President Lord George Weidenfeld

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 gennaio 2016

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NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) mourns the passing of its Honorary Vice President Lord George Weidenfeld. The British publisher and philanthropist passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the age of 96. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said Weidenfeld had been “a truly outstanding man and one of the most inspiring figures of the 20th century.”Ronald S. Lauder declared: “I am deeply saddened that George has left us. He had great wisdom, and he was a friend who always gave me valuable advice. Until the end, his mind was as sharp as ever, and he never retired. “George managed to squeeze several lifetimes into one. He grew up in Vienna and fled in 1938 when the Nazis took power in Austria. He and his loved ones were saved by a Christian family, and he quickly landed a job at the BBC in London because he spoke so many languages fluently.“George never forgot what Christians had done to save him, and only a few months ago, he set up a foundation to rescue thousands of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. He said he had a debt to repay, and he meant it.“After Israel’s independence in 1948, he briefly served as chief of staff to Israel’s first President Chaim Weizmann, and he then became one of Britain’s great book publishers. George truly knew everybody, and he always showed an immense interest in people and in what they had to say. He lived and enjoyed life to the full, and in even in the face of adversity, he never lost his sense of humor.“George Weidenfeld was also a committed philanthropist, an advocate of the Jewish people and a life-long Zionist who always defended Israel against attacks and unfair criticism. There are very few people in today’s world who have the courage and the temerity to speak out when they see injustice. George was one of them.“In 1987, when I served as US ambassador in Austria, George stood with me in Vienna and he explained to the world that the Austrians had not been Hitler’s first victims but many were some of the fiercest Nazis. George did not forget what he had witnessed in Vienna in the 1930s.“He knew right from wrong. Throughout his life, he strove to ensure that good will triumph over evil. He will be greatly missed.“Our thoughts today are with his wife Annabelle and his children and grandchildren. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”
George Weidenfeld was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969 and given a life peerage in the House of Lords in 1976. Last April, he was awarded the WJC’s Theodor Herzl Award in London and became an honorary vice-president of the World Jewish Congress.

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