European Jewish Congress Newsletter 07 – 08 May 2018

EJC IN THE MEDIA

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MOSHE KANTOR’S OP-ED IN WASHINGTON POST: LEADING THE GOOD FIGHT AGAINST ANTISEMITISM

Antisemitism in a globalised world knows no geographical boundaries, so it is important that this topic is central at the ADL Summit. On behalf of 42 national Jewish communities across Europe, I commend the work of the ADL in fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate around the world.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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NEWS & VIEWS

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ADL STUDY FINDS 4.2 MILLION ANTISEMITIC TWEETS POSTED IN YEAR

Twitter users bashed out an estimated 4.2 million English-language antisemitic tweets over a one-year span, the Anti-Defamation League said on Monday, adding fresh concerns that digital platforms have become a breeding ground for expressions of Jew-hatred.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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PARAGUAY BECOMES THIRD COUNTRY TO PLAN EMBASSY MOVE TO JERUSALEM

Paraguay is set to become the third country, after the US and Guatemala, to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said Paraguay President Horacio Cartes will travel to Israel later this month to open the country’s new embassy in the capital.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

GREECE
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THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE VANDAL ATTACK AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF ATHENS

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the condemnation and the abhorrence of the Greek Jewry for the vandal attack against the Jewish cemetery of Athens.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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HEADSTONES SMASHED AT GREEK JEWISH CEMETERY

A Jewish cemetery near Athens that was desecrated with neo-Nazi symbols two years ago was vandalised by unknown individuals who smashed several marble headstones.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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FRANCE
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BORDEAUX MOSQUE HOSTS EXHIBITION ON THE SHOAH

An exhibition on the memory of the Shoah was launched on Sunday in the prayer hall of the mosque in the French south-western city of Bordeaux. The exhibition, entitled “Fragments”, displays sculptures and photographes in the prayer area.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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HUNGARY
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TREE PLANTING EVENT – ISRAEL 70 CELEBRATION IN BUDAPEST

Hungarian Jewish people celebrated the 70th birthday of the State of Israel by an amazing tree planting event in Budapest. The event itself was initiated by the MAZSIHISZ – Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary and was implemented by cross-borders cooperation, 35-35 trees (saplings) were planted in Israel then in Hungary.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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LITHUANIA
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OFFICIALS BREAK NEW GROUND ON MUSEUM HONORING LOST JEWISH LIFE IN LITHUANIA

Lithuanian politicians, dignitaries, and members of the Jewish community on Friday attended a groundbreaking ceremony as construction began on a new museum dedicated to the commemoration of the country’s now extinct Jewish shtetl communities.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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PORTUGAL
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2,000 TURKISH JEWS HAVE APPLIED FOR PORTUGUESE CITIZENSHIP

Some 2,000 Turkish Jews have applied for Portuguese citizenship after Portugal’s government decided to grant nationality through naturalisation to the descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Portugal and Spain in the 15th century, Portuguese Ambassador to Ankara Paula Leal da Silva has said.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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UKRAINE
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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT CONDEMNS INTOLERANCE AND ANTISEMITISM

President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine condemned “any manifestations of intolerance and antisemitism” in his country following a series of neo-Nazi and other recent antisemitic events there.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM
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IRAQI REFUGEE COULD BECOME FIRST ARABIC SPEAKER TO HEAD BRITISH JEWS

The umbrella organisation of British Jews could soon have its first leader from a Mizrahi – or Arab – background. Edwin Shuker, one of four candidates campaigning to be the next president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was born in Baghdad before fleeing persecution and arriving in Britain as a refugee.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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BRITAIN’S LABOUR LOSES HEAVILY IN JEWISH AREAS IN LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Damage caused by UK Labour’s antisemitism scandal has been laid bare after the party lost seats to the Conservatives in areas with a strong Jewish community. Jeremy Corbyn’s party failed to take control of Barnet in London as expected and lost Kersal in Salford where almost half the population is Jewish.

Monday, May 7, 2018

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