WJC praises Israel’s ‘critical humanitarian intervention’ in White Helmet rescue operation

WJC praises Israel’s ‘critical humanitarian intervention’ in White Helmet rescue operation


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26 July 2018
Key WJC Activities
WJC praises Israel’s ‘critical humanitarian intervention’ in White Helmet rescue operation
„Israel has proven that humanitarian aid takes precedence over political considerations,” WJC President Ronald S. Lauder says.
Read more…WJC thanks International Judo Federation for ‘unyielding stance’ against anti-Israeli moves
In letter to IJF chairman, WJC says it hopes decision to suspend UAE, Tunisia tournaments „yield positive change going forward and serve as an effective lesson to sporting federations worldwide that such behavior is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.”
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WJC stands in solidarity with Greek people amid deadly wildfires
“Your nation has demonstrated incredible and admirable resilience in the face of this unthinkable calamity. We pray for the fires to end speedily with no further loss of life or injury,” write WJC President Ronald Lauder and WJC CEO Robert Singer in a letter to Greek PM and president.
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WJC concerned by rise in membership in radical Reichsbürgerbewegung: „We must not let vigilantes take the law into their own hands”
President of the Council of German Jews and WJC Vice-President Dr Josef Schuster said that the figures should “not just worry the Jewish community but the entire country”.
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World Jewish Congress stands with Bosnian Jewish community in condemning recent anti-Semitic incident
The Jewish Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina said: „With regret and indignation, we received this news, aware that these incidents will not undermine the good neighborly relations that Bosnian Jews are building with their fellow citizens of other ethnic groups.”
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World Jewish Congress mourns death of Jaša Alfandari, president of the Jewish Community of Montenegro
Jaša was an exceptional Jewish communal leader and highly respected among his peers in the WJC network and across the Balkans. Jaša worked tirelessly on behalf of the Jewish people, and achieved incredible success in reinvigorating the community of Montenegro.
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Lawfare Project, World Jewish Congress urge Stanford to effectively address threat of violence against Jewish students
Last week, an incoming Residential Assistant and former student government member at Stanford University, Hamzeh Daoud, wrote that he would „physically fight Zionists on campus next year […]  and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish [Israel].”
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Current Focus Areas
Anti-Semitism 2.0: Online hate speech is spreading and radicalizing
In 2007, researchers flagged less than eight percent of the reviewed posts as expressing hostility towards Jews or reflecting anti-Semitic stereotypes. In 2017, their share spiked to more than 30 percent.
i24 News
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Showdown averted as Labour MPs defer vote on antisemitism rules
New figures from the Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism, showed 727 incidents between January and June 2018. Among the incidents were 59 assaults, three of which required hospital treatment. One involved a knife and 13 involved objects being thrown.
The Guardian
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Israel evacuates 800 of Syria’s White Helmets and their families to Jordan

One of the last Holocaust survivors to escape Auschwitz passes away
Herman Shine, who is believed to be one of the last survivors to have escaped Auschwitz, has died. Shine, who worked as a roofer at the Nazi death camp before making a daring escape, died on June 23. He was 96.
Jerusalem Post
Read more…South African celebrity Shashi Naidoo banned from Israel for 10 years
Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, acknowledged that after assessing that Naidoo’s visit would be used to delegitimise Israel, officials denied her entry as part of Israel’s policy in fighting BDS.
South African Jewish Report
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Welcoming refugees in Germany: Thoughts from the Jewish community
In Germany, there is a new reality of an influx of refugees from Arab and Muslim countries – a phenomenon occurring seven decades after the Jewish community was expelled from Germany itself, writes WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps member Eugen Balin
Read more…Irish bill criminalizing West Bank Settlements further step toward boycott
The Irish Senate has voted in favor of a bill that would make it a criminal offense for Irish persons and companies to import or sell items, or provide services, produced in West Bank “settlements,” as defined by the bill, writes WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps member Alex Ryvchin.
Jerusalem Post
Read more…Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Without Regrets: Commemorating the 9th of Av
As the 9th of Av approaches and in the synagogues of the world the lamentations of Jeremiah will be read, a bittersweet feeling might descend on us to thank the Al-mighty of the merit and Zechut of living in our generation.
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