European Jewish Congress Newsletter 28-30 January 2018

Newsletter
28-30 January 2018

STATEMENTS

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DR. MOSHE KANTOR CALLS ON OSCE MEMBERS TO ADOPT IHRA DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has called for the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism at the International Conference on the Responsibility of States, Institutions and Individuals in the Fight against Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Area in Rome.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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EJC EXPRESSES DEEP CONCERN OVER PROPOSED HOLOCAUST LAW IN POLAND

We concur with our affiliate, the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland, that it is unacceptable to use the term ‘Polish death camps’, and while we recognise that the principal perpetrators of these murders were the soldiers and instruments of Nazi Germany, it is undeniable that the murder machine was also aided by local collaborators, including from Poland, who were not Germans.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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OP-ED BY DR. MOSHE KANTOR

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THE POWER OF WORDS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST HATE

When we say “Never Again!” we don’t just mean the death and concentration camps, we also mean the language and rhetoric that led up to the genocide, millions inculcated with a hatred against Jews and others. Words have power. Let’s use them not to incite, vilify or divide, but to remember, educate, inspire and unite.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

AUSTRIA
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AUSTRIAN FAR-RIGHT UNDER PRESSURE OVER NAZI SONGBOOK

The far-right candidate in an Austrian state election was under pressure on Tuesday following a magazine report about song lyrics celebrating the Holocaust and other Nazi atrocities.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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FRANCE
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FRANCE BACKS DOWN ON HONOURING INFAMOUS ANTISEMITE

Following swift, sharp fallout over the weekend, France’s minister of culture announced on Sunday that an entire press run of the 2018 National Commemorations will be recalled and reprinted without mention of Charles Maurras.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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GERMANY
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FRANKFURT CUTS TIES TO BANKS THAT ENABLE BOYCOTTS OF ISRAELI PRODUCTS

The deputy mayor of the city of Frankfurt announced on Monday that the municipal government will end all commerce with banks that conduct business with organisations that support a boycott of the Jewish state.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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MERKEL SAYS ONGOING NEED TO PROTECT JEWISH INSITUTIONS IS A DISGRACE

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of rising antisemitism in her country on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, calling the need to protect Jewish buildings “a disgrace.”

Monday, January 29, 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM
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BRITISH INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TO HONOUR SPY WHO SAVED JEWS IN NAZI GERMANY

The head of the British intelligence agency MI6 on Tuesday marked the courage and diligence of a British spy who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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EJC IN THE MEDIA

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LA STAMPA: ANTISEMITISM, THE POPE, “LET US FIGHT THE VIRUS OF INDIFFERENCE”

At the international conference hosted by the OSCE in Italy this week, the Pope stated: “The vaccine is our memory”, and recalled the “disturbing silence” that he felt when he visited Auschwitz, a silence “that leaves room only for tears, prayer and for the begging of forgiveness”.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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