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WJC PRESIDENT LAUDER: TERROR ATTACKS IN ISTANBUL AND CAIRO ARE ‘AN ATTACK ON ALL OF US’ Print E-mail
Monday, 12 December 2016 10:13

WJC, 11.12.2016: Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), on Sunday strongly condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Cairo, calling them "crimes against humanity".

At least 25 people were killed when a bomb exploded at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo during Sunday mass. On Saturday, 38 people were killed and many more wounded in a twin bomb attack in Istanbul, which was claimed by a radical Kurdish group.

In response to the attack in Egypt, Lauder declared: "An attack on Christian worshippers at a church in Cairo is not only an attack on Christians; it is an attack on all of us. We could all be victims. Tonight, Jews around the world are shocked by this barbaric act, and we stand in solidarity with the embattled Coptic community in Egypt as it mourns so many of its members.

"We call on the authorities in Egypt to do everything they can to stop further bloodshed, to ensure that sites of worship are being protected, and to do everything to bring those who perpetrated this attack to justice," he added.

Attacks against Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Christian community, which makes up 10 percent of the country's population, have intensified since 2011. More than two dozen sectarian assaults have targeted the community this year alone.  Sunday's bombing was the gravest sectarian attack on Christians in recent years.

The WJC president also expressed his sorrow at the twin bomb attack in Istanbul on Saturday: "The people of Turkey have been the target of so many terrorist attacks in recent months, and in this moment of despair and anguish, we send them a message of solidarity on behalf of the Jewish people," said Lauder.

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EJC WELCOMES THE AUSTRIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:43


EJC, December 4, 2016: The European Jewish Congress has welcomed the results of the Austrian presidential elections and the victory of Alexander Van der Bellen over far-right Austrian candidate Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party.

“We join democrats and all right-minded people in Austria and across Europe in breathing a sigh of relief that the first openly racist and xenophobic head of state was not elected on our continent,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “This would not just have been a disaster for Austria but also for Europe, as it might have given a strong tailwind for other similar extremists across the continent, like the National Front leader Marine Le Pen who is competing in the upcoming French presidential elections.”

“We hope that this creates momentum for mainstream and decent politicians to start to fight back against those who are using recent economic and social upheavals to push their intolerant agenda.”

The European Jewish Congress, the representative organisation of European Jewry, looks forward to working with President-elect Van der Bellen on issues of mutual interest and concern to the Jewish community.

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WJC PRESIDENT’S OP-ED IN DIE ZEIT ON THE UN VOTE Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2016 10:33

Under the title “An Affront” the Op-Ed of the WJC President Ronald S. Lauder was published on the German newspaper DIE ZEIT (issue of October 20, 2016). Here under we publish the English translation:

The United Nations cannot erase Jewish history.

But last week, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization whose task it is to protect world heritage sites, tried to do just that.
UNESCO’s Executive Board adopted a text which completely ignores the Jewish link to Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount. Instead, it is referred to as “Al-Aqṣa Mosque/Al-Ḥaram Al-Sharif and its surroundings.”

The square in front of the Western Wall, where thousands of Jews pray every day, is referred to as the “Al-Buraq Plaza”. The resolution also blames Israel, which it calls “the occupying power”, for a number of alleged “aggressions” in the Old City of Jerusalem and at other Islamic holy sites.

For the Jewish people, the Temple Mount is a sacred site where memory, tradition, and faith are sown in the very soil. It was King David who established Jerusalem as the first capital of the Jewish people three thousand years ago.
In other words, Temple Mount was already the holiest place of Judaism long before the advent of Christianity or Islam. To deny the Jewish link to this site is therefore akin to denying the Holocaust. It is an act of anti-Semitism.
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEW TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM ON THE EVE OF YOM KIPPUR Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:43

Another terror attack in Jerusalem –this time the victims were two people dead and five injured- perpetrates the circle of blood, fanaticism and hatred in the Middle East and undermines peace.

It is not a random coincidence that this repulsive criminal act took place just a few days before the great festivity of Judaism, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and while a positive climate has just started to be developed for the re-approaching and the re-opening of peace negotiations, as a result of the symbolic move of Palestinian Authority President M. Abbas to attend the funeral of Israeli leader and pioneer of Peace Shimon Peres.

This particular time was chosen by the terrorists to strike -once more- against the peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, by spreading fear and death among innocent people, unsuspected citizens who were standing at a railway station in Jerusalem.  

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, along with the Greek Jewry’s solidarity and condolences towards the Israeli people and the families of the victims, expresses the wish that logic and prudence prevail, in order to reopen the way to the accomplishment of the much-desired Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, in honesty and determination, and stop the bloodshed of innocent people, victims of the ruthless terrorism of the extremists.

Athens, October 10, 2016

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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AJC HONORS CYPRUS PRESIDENT ANASTASIADES Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 08:07

September 23, 2016 – New York – AJC honored Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades with the global advocacy organization’s prestigious Light Unto the Nations Award for his steadfast defense of democratic values, relentless pursuit of peace, and unwavering commitment to friendship with the United States and Israel.

David Harris, AJC’s Chief Executive Officer, who has met with President Anastasiades many times in Cyprus and New York, presented the award. Honorary AJC President Stanley Bergman welcomed the nearly 100 guests to his home, where the event took place. John Shapiro, AJC President, concluded the session.

“As the Prophet Isaiah said, the highest calling in life is peace or “eirini” in Greek, but to have peace requires courage (‘tharros’) and wisdom (‘sofia’). President Anastasiades has shown these qualities in his determination to reunite his island nation peacefully, and in his genuine friendship to the United States and Jewish people,” said Harris.

Anastasiades said he is “immensely proud” to receive AJC’s Light Unto the Nations Award. Saluting the close, cooperative partnership developed over the years between his country and AJC, the president said the award is “a testament to our joint belief in advancing closer Cypriot-Israeli cooperation and strengthening regional synergies and transatlantic relations.”

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