WJC News Update – WJC President Lauder thanks Bulgarian PM Borisov for dedication to Jewish community

WJC News Update – WJC President Lauder thanks Bulgarian PM Borisov for dedication to Jewish community

 

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15 JUNE 2018
Key WJC Activities

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder thanks Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov for dedication to Jewish community’s needs and concerns

„World Jewry will always see Bulgaria as a light that pierced the darkness during the terrible years of the Holocaust…Bulgaria was one of the few countries to act with tremendous moral courage, and for that, the Jewish people, worldwide, are eternally grateful.
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World Jewish Congress: Gaza resolution proves UN held hostage by anti-Israel elements 
The World Jewish Congress denounces the United Nations General Assembly’s approval of a disproportionate and biased resolution condemning Israel over alleged excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, which passed 120 countries in favor, 8 against, and 45 abstaining.
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WJC joins South Africa community in urging government to maintain ties with Israel
Downgrading ties would be contrary to South African foreign policy which has always called for engagement with all parties to a conflict.
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WJC stands with French Jews in denouncing naming of street after Nakba, thanks government for prompt removal of plaque
Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, called the declaration…shockingly irresponsible and dangerous.
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WJC intern Adela Coab Moadeb named one of NY Jewish Week’s 36 under 36
“I’m trying to make a difference,” she said of her Israel advocacy. “I was the kid who said, no, not everyone can be president. But somebody will be, and maybe that somebody will be me.”
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Current Focus Areas
ANTI-SEMITISMCalls for ‘Death to Israel’ at Annual Al Quds Day marches
Chants of “Zionists are the perpetrators” and “Zionists anywhere, you will lose everywhere” could be heard throughout the streets of the two European capitals on Saturday and Sunday with speakers declaring Israel should be “wiped from the map” and that the “Zionists days are numbered.”
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HOLOCAUST

Finland investigating role of SS volunteers during Holocaust
Finland has announced the commissioning of an investigation into the actions of Finnish volunteers with Nazi Germany’s Waffen SS, following newly unearthed evidence that these fighters may have been involved in atrocities against Jews and other civilians on the Eastern Front during the Second World War.
The Jerusalem Post
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What New Yorkers knew about the Holocaust, and when
Articles at the time revealed an enormous gap between the public’s sympathy for the Jews and how far it was willing to go to help them, Wasserman said.
Times of Israel
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IRAN

Europe asks U.S. for an exemption from sanctions on Iran
In a letter to senior Trump administration officials, European foreign and finance leaders this week tacitly acknowledged that their efforts to preserve the West’s nuclear deal with Iran were failing.
New York Times
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FIFA

FIFA opens disciplinary proceeding against Palestinian soccer head over canceled Israel-Argentina match
The FIFA international soccer federation has opened disciplinary proceedings against the president of the Palestinians’ soccer governing body for alleged incitement that led to the cancellation of the friendly match in Jerusalem between Israel and Argentina.
JTA
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The last link to a doomed Jewish community in Crete watches its rebirth with gratitude
One person who wanted to be here will be missing. His name is Kostas Papadopoulos, who may be the last surviving link to a proud 2,300-year Jewish lineage
JTA
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Filmmaker looks at hidden Jews of Ethiopia
For hundreds of years, perhaps longer, Ethiopian Jews were known by their neighbours as Falashas, a pejorative term meaning “landless” or “wanderer” that made them out to be perpetual outsiders in the east African country, even though Jews have resided there for millennia.
Canadian Jewish News
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Jewish community ‘revolted’ by photo of Aust military vehicle flying swastika flag
Defense has described it as ‘abhorrent’ and says immediate action was taken to remove the flag.
ABC Net Austrailia
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More than 1,000 people attend ‘Jewish Community’ Iftar dinner in Turkey
Speaking at the dinner, Edirne Governor Gunay Ozdemir called the dinner a good example of how people from different faiths can live together in peace.
al-Bawaba
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In a prison that once housed Jews, a new museum devoted to Italy’s Jewish experience
MEIS exists because of a 2003 Italian law calling for the creation of an institutional space to teach about the Holocaust, and its mandate was soon expanded to cover all aspects of Italian Jewish life.
Washington Post
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Culture // You’ve probably never heard of the world’s oldest Holocaust museum (London Wiener Library)
It is a collection as extensive as its contents are horrifying. Step behind the imposing Georgian façade which houses the Wiener Library in central London’s picturesque, tree-lined Russell Square, and one enters the world’s oldest Holocaust museum.
Times of Israel
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Opinion // When the Macedonian issue caused an anti-Semitic pogrom
The Macedonian Issue, in all of its protean and ever-changing forms has ever served as a lightning rod for the exposition and exacerbation of other, deeper fault lines running within Greek society.
Neos Ksomos
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Personal Journey // From Cairo to Kolkata, traces of a vibrant Jewish past
It isn’t difficult to find vestiges of Jewish life in Europe. Many of the largest and most important synagogues have been carefully restored… Outside Europe, these remnants are more difficult to find, though not for a lack of history.
New York Times
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