European Jewish Congress Newsletter 18-20 February 2018

EJC IN ACTION

STATEMENTS

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AT “AN END TO ANTISEMITISM!” CONFERENCE IN VIENNA DR. MOSHE KANTOR CALLS FOR AMBITIOUS AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS

Dr. Moshe Kantor called for a full recognition of the severity of antisemitism and for finding practical solutions at the “An End to Antisemitism!” conference held in Vienna this week.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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EJC PRESENTS GOLDEN VISION AWARD TO LITHUANIAN WRITER RUTA VANAGAITE

“Setting aside her personal interests, Ruta Vanagaite risked her safety and her livelihood for the sake of historical truth and for the sake of the future of her country. By bringing painful subjects to light regardless of the personal cost, she acted as a true patriot of her country”, said Dr. Moshe Kantor.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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EJC IN THE MEDIA

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THE GUARDIAN: ICELAND LAW TO OUTLAW MALE CIRCUMCISION SPARKS ROW OVER RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

“We can only assume that this attempt to ban a core practice of Jewish communities comes from ignorance about the practice and its effect on Jewish children, rather than to send a message that Jews are no longer welcome in Iceland,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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JEWISH PRESS: AN ‘END TO ANTISEMITISM’ IN VIENNA

Some 150 speakers from around the world are gathered this week at the University of Vienna to find a way to try to eliminate antisemitism – a monumental task, but one the European Jewish Congress is determined to at least launch, if not entirely accomplish.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

POLAND
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IN OPEN LETTER, POLISH JEWS SAY THEY DO NOT FEEL SAFE

A letter posted to the website of the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland and signed by dozens of Polish Jewish representatives said that hate speech had spread from the confines of the Internet to the public sphere.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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POLISH PM ACCUSES JEWS OF BEING “PERPETRATORS” IN THE HOLOCAUST

After asserting there were also “Jewish perpetrators” responsible for the Holocaust, Mateusz Morawiecki sparked further outrage after a photo showed him paying his respects to a Polish underground movement that collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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BULGARIA
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FAR-RIGHT EXTREMISTS MARCH IN SOFIA TO HONOUR WORLD WAR II GENERAL

Hundreds of far-right extremists marched through the centre of Sofia on Saturday to honour a Bulgarian general who led a pro-Nazi organisation in the 1930s and 1940s.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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FRANCE
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FRENCH JEWISH GROUP LOSES STATE FUNDING FOR ACCUSING ISRAEL OF CAUSING ANTISEMITISM

French officials asked a Jewish group that supports a blanket boycott of Israel to pay back state subsidies that it received to combat racism but had used to accuse the Jewish state of causing antisemitism.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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NEWS & VIEWS

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JEWISH GROUPS SLAM HOSTING OF BDS FOUNDER AT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

The European Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith International, AJC’s Transatlantic Institute, ELNET, the European Union of Jewish Students, and the Jewish communities of Lisbon and Belgium protested the invitation to a founder of the BDS movement to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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