European Jewish Congress Newsletter- 14-16 February 2018

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STATEMENTS

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JOINT LETTER BY JEWISH ORGANISATIONS TO PRESIDENT ANTONIO TAJANI OPPOSING THE INVITATION OF OMAR BARGHOUTI TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

The objectives of the BDS movement and the repeated antisemitic statements of Mr. Barghouti himself directly harm Europe’s Jewish communities, and are not compatible with European values. They also directly oppose and undermine the dialogue-based and constructive peace process between Israel and the Palestinians that the EU supports as an honest broker.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

AUSTRIA
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AUSTRIAN JEWISH LEADER: NOT CREDIBLE THAT PARTY WITH NAZI ROOTS STAMPED OUT ANTISEMITISM

The head of Austria’s Jewish community accused the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) on Thursday of failing to seriously tackle antisemitism in its ranks.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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DENMARK
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DANISH JEWS MARK THREE YEARS SINCE ATTACK AS SCHOOL REOPENS

This week marks a special moment for Denmark’s small Jewish community, as the country’s only Jewish school moves into a new purpose-built building three years after a deadly terror attack on the community in Copenhagen.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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POLAND
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POLAND FREEZES HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS RESTITUTION BILL

The government of Poland has decided to re-examine a draft bill on restitution for Holocaust survivors whose property was confiscated during World War II.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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PORTUGAL
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PORTUGAL ACTIVELY SEEKS A GREATER JEWISH PRESENCE

Eager to put an Inquisition and centuries of abandoned Jewish neighborhoods behind them, Portuguese leaders are actively courting Jews to come back to the country.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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SWITZERLAND
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“SWISS SCHINDLER” HONOURED WITH ROOM AT FEDERAL PALACE

A key meeting venue in the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern renamed the ‘Carl Lutz room’ in honour of the diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews in Hungary from the Nazis in World War II.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM
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BRITISH JEWS APPALLED BY KINGS’ COLLEGE PROTEST AGAINST FORMER ISRAELI MINISTER

The representative body of British Jewry said it’s “appalled” by an aggressive protest staged at King’s College London against a lecture by a former Israeli minister.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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NEWS & VIEWS

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EUROPE’S CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONDEMN ICELAND’S ATTEMPTS TO BAN CIRCUMCISION

The President of the Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, has condemned a bill to ban circumcision in Iceland.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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