This week in the Jewish world – Holocaust photo exhibit desecrated in Vienna; German ambassador tells WJC forum antisemitism won’t be tolerated

This week in the Jewish world – Holocaust photo exhibit desecrated in Vienna; German ambassador tells WJC forum antisemitism won’t be tolerated

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31 MAY 2019
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WJC and local Jewish communities team up with UN religious rights expert to prepare first-ever report to General Assembly on antisemitism
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder: “Round-table discussions such as these, which bring together local communities and representatives of international organizations, are integral to our efforts to make this world a safer place for Jews and other minorities. We thank the UN special rapporteur for taking the time to engage with Jewish leaders to hear from the horse’s mouth our concerns and recommendations for best practices.”
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WJC condemns desecration of Holocaust photo exhibit in Vienna
The vandalism prompted outrage from Christian and Muslim youth groups, who teamed up with local artists to guard the photos, joined soon after by other Vienna residents. United Nations High Commission for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issued an unequivocal condemnation on Twitter, affirming her commitment to fighting discrimination and antisemitism.
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WJC responds to German antisemitism commissioner’s warnings: “We must not grow complacent with this abominable reality”
„It saddens and concerns me greatly that the resurgence of antisemitism around the world has reached such a point that Jews must be wary of displaying in public even the most basic symbol of their Jewish identity out of fear for their own safety,” WJC President Lauder said.
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Board of Deputies of British Jews welcomes EHRC investigation into Labour antisemitism
Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said:  „In the past four years we have seen a large number of cases of antisemitism throughout the party from bottom to top. Despite the Jewish community demonstrating in their thousands outside Parliament, this has still not been addressed seriously by the party leadership. We will await with interest the EHRC report into racism at the heart of the UK’s official Opposition.”
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World Jewish Congress to join annual Celebrate Israel Parade in NY, accompanied by Holocaust Survivor Band
„For 55 years, this parade has showcased the love and commitment felt by American Jews for the State of Israel, and in an era of rising antisemitism and anti-Zionist sentiment, it is more important than ever to come together in solidarity and proudly declare that we will always stand by the Jewish State,” said Betty Ehrenberg, Executive Director of WJC North America.
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At Jerusalem forum co-hosted by WJC, German ambassador says antisemitism won’t be tolerated
„Al-Jazeera has long been known for its anti-Israel stance and sympathy for Palestinians, but this drivel, which repeats some of the favorite neo-Nazi tropes regarding Jews and the Holocaust, is beyond comprehension and demonstrates conclusively that whatever journalistic standards it might once have had have been reduced to below zero.”
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WJC meets UN Under Secretary General for Counter Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov 
„We thank the UN Under Secretary General for a constructive meeting in the spirit of collaboration on the key topics in the field of counter terrorism,” WJC CEO Robert Singer said.
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Launching the Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship Program
Lauder Fellows will receive leadership training, priority access to high-level speakers within WJC’s global network, access to insider events at the United Nations and other international bodies, internship opportunities, and other World Jewish Congress resources. Applications are now open.
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The Al-Quds march and the spread of hatred towards Jews

Thousands will protest Israel’s existence this weekend during Al Quds Marches in Berlin and London. Each year marchers burn Israeli flags and shout „death to America.” With antisemitism at record levels across Europe, governments must not allow these hateful and racist protests to endanger Jewish communities.

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In January, as part of Operation Northern Shield, the IDF discovered the sixth and largest Hezbollah tunnel, originating at the Lebanon borders stretching into Israel. The tunnel is 80 meters deep and 1 kilometre long. This week, after months of examining the infrastructure, the IDF will be demolishing the tunnel.
This weekend, Berlin and London will host Al Quds day marches. The organizers claims that the marches support for Palestinians, but in reality they promote anti-Zionist and antisemitic sentiment.
Top mohels in the Netherlands have been accused of breaking the law by carrying out circumcisions without proper medical degrees or titles.
A British University professor has been fired over social media posts denying the Holocaust and strongly opposed the opening of Jewish group on campus.
The Conference of European Rabbis have called for the option of Jewish emojis on smartphones. While there are currently emojis for a woman in a hijab and a man in a turban, there is no representation of Jewish values.
The Organization of Jews in Bulgaria, Shalom, has partnered with the national government to create a tourist route of Jewish historical sites.