World Jewish Congress – News Update 21st July 2017


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WJC President Lauder condemns demonstrations held outside Turkey synagogue, urges authorities to take necessary precautions

Islamist protesters were rallying outside the Neve Shalom synagogue against the new security measures put in place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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WJC US supports bi-partisan bill to increase sanctions on Hezbollah

“This bi-partisan bill will demonstrate America’s resolve to not sit idly by while Hezbollah attacks US allies, increases its heinous and violent crimes and continues to wreak havoc in the region,” says Rabbi Joel Meyers, Chair, WJC US.

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WJC INTERVIEW: Holocaust survivor José Urbach shares his testimony

Urbach spent part of his childhood in a concentration camp, while his father was murdered at Buchenwald. Later in life, this Holocaust survivor also witnessed from up close the attack on the Twin Towers.

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Dimitar Mihaylov | Why the Arab Spring turned into Arab Winter – Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

21 Jul 2017 Dimitar Mihaylov, the Bulgarian ambassador to Israel, delves into understanding the Middle East crises through culture, religion, and literature. READ MORE »

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New Holocaust museum in Brooklyn tailored for ultra-Orthodox Jews – Tablet

21 Jul 2017 In a 2013 Pew Report, 73 percent of American Jews said that remembering the Holocaust is an essential part of being Jewish. But this notion of a sort of “Holocaust Judaism” leaves out an important group of Jews: ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.  READ MORE »

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Poland’s defense minister fends off anti-Semitism allegations by citing his support for Israel – The Forward

21 Jul 2017 In a lengthy email to the Forward, a spokesman for Antoni Macierewicz, who published and edited a far-right newspaper that ran anti-Semitic material under his tenure, cited recent talks between Netanyahu and leaders of several East European countries.  READ MORE »

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Three Italian brothers search for the cave they lived in during the Holocaust – JTA

21 Jul 2017 “Shalom Italia,” an hour-long documentary directed by Tamar Tal Anati (Bubi’s daughter-in-law) airing Monday night on the PBS series “Point of View,” follows the brothers’ return to Italy in an attempt to find the cave and seek some closure about those dark years.  READ MORE »

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Senators behind anti-BDS bill push back against claims of free speech restriction – The Forward

21 Jul 2017 The bill would expand existing legislation, adopted in 1977 in order to counter the Arab League’s boycott on Israel, to include also anti-Israel boycotts initiated by international bodies such as the United Nations or the European Union.   READ MORE »

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