Hungarian football club dedicates match against Israeli club to legendary Holocaust-era coach who saved Jewish lives

WJC and Chelsea FC launch first stage of joint initiative to combat racism and anti-Semitism in sport


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13 July 2018
Key WJC Activities

WJC and Chelsea FC launch first stage of joint initiative: Pitch for Hope calls on youth to propose creative projects for curbing racism and anti-Semitism in sport
Winners from each country will be invited to present their proposals at Stamford Bridge to a panel of judges representing WJC and Chelsea in mid-September. Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant from Chelsea and the World Jewish Congress to develop and implement their pilot project.
Read more…Hungarian football club dedicates match against Israeli club to legendary Holocaust-era coach who saved Jewish lives
The Hungarian football team Ferencváros Torna Club (FTC), in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ), held an unprecedented tribute to a Holocaust-era hero on Thursday prior to its UEFA Europa League Qualifier Match against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Groupama Stadium in Budapest.
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WJC condemns desecration of Jewish monument in Greece, calls on authorities to follow through with commitment to fighting anti-Semitism
„The consternation we feel following such a cowardly desecration is only compounded by the fact that this is not an isolated incident. There have been several such acts of desecration in Greece this year alone. We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and in Greece to fight combat racism, anti-Semitism and hatred under difficult circumstances,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.
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Photographers capture the truth: Israel’s environment is being attacked while the world stays silent
A group of Israeli photographers led by Edi Israel decided that this destruction should been seen by the whole world. Hundreds of photographers today are documenting the devastation caused by flaming devices lofted into Israel by balloons and kites. The pictures taken should be seen by everyone so that the world knows the reality of Israeli civilians living close to the border with Gaza.
WJC Digital Ambassador Club
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Current Focus Areas
ANTI-SEMITISMGerman police arrest 10 in alleged anti-Semitic attack in Berlin park
The 25-year-old was wearing a chain with a star of David, which police said was ripped from the victim’s neck by one of the men, while spewing „anti-Semitic insults.” The attacker allegedly repeatedly punched the victim in the face, before fleeing.
The Local
Read more…BDSIrish Senate backs bill banning Israeli settlement goods
The Irish Senate has voted in favor of a bill seeking to ban the import of West Bank settlement products — a measure that still must pass several hurdles before becoming law.
New York Times
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Exclusive: PayPal closes French BDS media account
PayPal’s services to Agence Media Palestine–the Paris-based BDS organization–now reads on the group’s website: „This recipient is currently unable to receive money.”
Jerusalem Post
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Former Australian PM Tony Abbott lobbies to move embassy to Jerusalem
Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott wants to move the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “It makes sense,” he said.
Jerusalem Post
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István Tóth was honored at a match in Hungary this week between Ferencváros TC and Maccabi Tel Aviv FC. Learn about his legacy.

Head of Jewish community in Montenegro, Jasha Alfandari, dies at 72
He will be remembered as the man who rebuilt and unified the Jewish religious life in the country, but also as an erudite and humanist. He played an important role in developing good interpersonal and inter-religious relationships, and in affirming the rights of minorities and religious communities.
Read more…Sunglasses company holds a photo shoot at Croatian Holocaust memorial
An Australian sunglasses company that used a Holocaust memorial in Croatia for a photo shoot has removed its new advertising campaign and apologized to a Jewish leader.
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Cardinal Tauran, who announced pope’s election, dies at 75
“Cardinal Tauran truly lived the message that he preached, demonstrating absolute faith in humanity’s ability to coexist and thrive together, denouncing radicalism and ignorance while embracing people of all faiths and backgrounds,” WJC President Ronald Lauder said.
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Unflinching looks at Austria’s past, Kurt Waldheim at Jewish Film Festival
Even as his alibi wore thin under the World Jewish Congress’ investigative scrutiny (including the discovery of a 1943 photo of Waldheim in Nazi uniform), supporters of the former U.N. head shrugged off the accusations, while those in opposition took to the streets shouting “Waldheim no!”
San Francisco Chronicle
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Gujarat’s Jewish community gets religious minority status
„Gujarat has a small Jewish community with no more than 170 members, a majority of them located in Ahmedabad,” Aviv Divekar, secretary of Ahmedabad’s Magen Abraham Synagogue, said.
Times of India
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Zimbabwe Jewish community’s hopes and concerns ahead of elections
Jews living in Zimbabwe describe an atmosphere of “being between a rock and a hard place” regarding the upcoming elections on 30 July. They fear that nothing will change if the current regime is elected, but that the opposition coming to power could pose more challenges than solutions.
South African Jewish Report
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Caught between jihadists and neo-Nazis, Swedish Jews fear for their future
When Carinne Sjoberg dissolved the Jewish Community of Umea in northern Sweden, she knew it would send shock waves far beyond the small congregation that she had spent decades building. The move in May owed to intimidation by neo-Nazis, making it the first time in decades that a Jewish organization in Western Europe acknowledged that it felt compelled to close shop over safety concerns.
Jerusalem Post
Read more…Ofsted must take a less aggressive approach to UK Charedi schools
„For this reason, the Department for Education and Ofsted’s adversarial approach is wrong and counterproductive. We need the educational establishment to stop what seems to be a near-ceaseless attack on a way of life that, while different to others, is causing no harm to society and is, in so many ways, a blessing,” writes Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl
Jewish News
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