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  • Zionist leader Kalman Sultanik dies at 97

    2 days ago

    Kalman Sultanik, a Zionist leader and former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, has died.

    Sultanik, who also was a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and president of the Federation of Polish Jews, died Sunday in New York. He was 97.

    He was a member of the...

  • European governments must act to stem rising anti-Semitism

    August 5, 2014 | 10:58 am

    The conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is spilling over into Europe, where in the past several weeks, Jewish communities have witnessed a chilling display of anti-Semitism, the likes of which has not been seen in many years.

    European governments need to act decisively to...

  • Hold Iran accountable for AMIA bombing

    July 17, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    On July 18, 1994, a hellish scene unfolded in Buenos Aires as a car bomb set by Iranian agents destroyed the AMIA/DAIA Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds.

    Twenty years later, there is still no justice in the case — and a decision taken by the Argentine...

  • Moise Safra, billionaire philanthropist, dies at 79

    June 16, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Moise Safra, a billionaire banker and philanthropist, died at 79 in Brazil.

    Safra died Sunday at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital in Sao Paulo two days after suffering a heart attack, according to Reuters. He reportedly had struggled with Parkinson’s disease for several...

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  • World Jewish Congress asks FIFA to remember AMIA Jewish center victims at World Cup

    June 5, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    The World Jewish Congress called on the FIFA world soccer association to hold a tribute to the victims of the AMIA Jewish center terrorist attack before a match between Argentina and Iran at the World Cup in Brazil.

    A letter sent to FIFA President Joseph Blatter calls for a...

  • Far-right surge expected in European elections

    May 21, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Armed with ropes and long sticks, a group of teens in Germany’s capital headed out under the cover of night. Their goal: to tear down from lampposts the campaign posters of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP).

    The young people are one small posse among those who fear...

  • Jewish world mourns passing of ex-Polish PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki

    October 29, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland’s first post-Communist prime minister, was being remembered by the Jewish world for fighting anti-Semitism and as a friend of Israel.

    Mazowiecki, a former journalist, died Monday in Warsaw. He was 86.

    “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great...

  • WJC: Ukrainian priests must stop glorifying Nazis

    August 23, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The World Jewish Congress urged Ukrainian clergy to refrain from attending neo-Nazi events.

    “Moral authority” is necessary to “prevent any further rehabilitation of Nazism or the SS,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder wrote in a letter Thursday to the head of the...

  • Sharansky, Lauder call for Claims Conference reform

    July 10, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder called on the Claims Conference to be reviewed by an independent committee following the disclosure of a missed opportunity to detect a massive fraud scheme.

    Sharansky and Lauder released a...

  • Claims Conference Brouhaha

    May 22, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    Who knew what, and when?

    Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several fraudulent Holocaust-era restitution claims — nearly a decade before the organization halted a massive...

  • May 7, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2013 | 3:26 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry meeting with Putin on Syria

    To Read: Foreign Relations Council fellow Ray Takeyh examines historical cases of successful US policy shifts and tries to understand what these usually entail-

    In essence, for the United States to move from failure to...

  • World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis

    March 13, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I on Wednesday.

    "Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by...

  • Moshe Kantor awarded Italy’s highest honor for non-citizens

    February 21, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Italy awarded Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, its highest decoration given to a non-Italian.

    Kantor was honored earlier this week with the Knight’s Grand Cross of the Order of Merit “for his work in promoting tolerance and reconciliation, human rights...

  • World Jewish Congress names Robert Singer to top post

    January 28, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    Robert Singer was named secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, the organization's most senior professional position.

    “All of the WJC executives who have met Robert have been impressed with his professionalism, insight and vision, and they look forward to working with him...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel sent ‘richest Jew’ to intercede

    September 20, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper that Israel sent "the richest Jewish man in the world" to create better relations between the two countries.

    Erdogan said in an interview with the daily Hurriyet published on Sept. 17 that Israel only has ties...

  • Compensate Jewish refugees from Arab countries, conference urges

    September 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Speakers at a conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees called for legislative initiatives to support compensation for the refugees.

    The conference, which began Sunday night and ends Monday, took place in Jerusalem under the title “Justice for Jewish Refugees...

  • Israel steps up recognition of Jewish refugees

    September 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Naim Reuven was only 8 when he left Baghdad more than 50 years ago, but he still remembers going with his father to catch fish in the Tigris River.

    His dad worked in a laundromat, a middle-class father of six and one of Iraq’s more than 100,000 Jews. Baghdad’s Jewish community...

  • Opinion: Jewish organizations, others must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors' rights

    July 2, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    [This column is a response to a piece by Menachem Rosensaft:
    Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works
    ]

    The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative” to the legislation that Holocaust survivors and children and...

  • Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works

    June 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    [Read a response to this column: Jewish organizations, others
    must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors’ rights
    ]

    There is a solution to get us beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era...

  • Progressive Zionist leader Moshe Kagan dies at 92

    May 7, 2012 | 10:09 am

    Moshe Kagan, a passionate Progressive Zionist and longtime board member of the Claims Conference, has died.

    Kagan died May 3 at the age of 92.

    In the early 1950s he was a founder and president of Americans for Progressive Israel/Hashomer Hatzair, a predecessor of Meretz USA. Meretz...

  • Elan Steinberg described as ‘great activist’ and ‘irreplaceable loss to world Jewry’

    April 10, 2012 | 11:49 am

    Tributes and statements of profound respect and admiration are pouring in for Elan Steinberg, former executive director of the World Jewish Congress, who died April 6 of complications from lymphatic cancer. He was 59.

    “Elan’s premature death will leave a huge void in the Jewish...

  • Elan Steinberg—unyielding in defense of the Jewish people

    April 10, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Elan Steinberg’s untimely death on Passover eve last week after a brief struggle with a terrible illness precipitated a degree of introspection and considerable reflection about the man, his work and the legacy he leaves for the Jewish people. Elan Steinberg would describe himself...

  • Bahrain king meets with rabbi

    December 30, 2011 | 11:59 am

    The king of Bahrain met with a visiting rabbi in his palace.

    Rabbi Marc Schneier, vice president of the World Jewish Congress, met in Bahrain Wednesday with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Schneier is also the president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

    Schneier said that...

  • Opinion: Dangers of Palestinian statehood motion

    September 20, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    In the last week, indeed for several months, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has been working tirelessly and closely with our unique network of affiliates around the world to explain the dangers of the prospective motion on unilateral Palestinian statehood at the United Nations. Most...

  • Ban Iranian Olympians, World Jewish Congress urges IOC

    July 27, 2011 | 10:39 am

    The World Jewish Congress called on the International Olympic Committee to bar Iran from the 2012 Games until the country allows its athletes to compete against Israelis.

    The WJC’s complaint comes in the wake of a withdrawal by an Iranian swimmer, Mohammed Alirezaei, from a race...

  • Dan Diker named WJC secretary general

    June 20, 2011 | 10:11 am

    The World Jewish Congress has confirmed the appointment of Dan Diker as the organization’s secretary general.

    Diker’s appointment was approved in Jerusalem Monday during a meeting of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress, the umbrella organization of 92 Jewish communities...

  • In Reversal, U.S. to Join U.N. Rights Council

    March 31, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    The United States will seek to join the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing its policy of shunning the council and prompting concern among some Jewish groups.

    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced it would participate in May elections for a seat on the 47-member council,...

  • Briefs: Sukkah at UC Davis vandalized; Poll: Israelis want united Jerusalem

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkah at UC Davis Vandalized

    Anti-Israel statements, including "End Israeli Occupation" and "Free Palestine," were spray-painted on the inside of the sukkah at the Chabad House at UC Davis. Rabbi Shmary Brownstein, co-director of the Chabad House, said in an interview with the...

  • The leaders of Israel and of the Jewish people are failing us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I write in sadness -- deep sadness.

    Almost 25 years ago, I read a one-line description of Jewish leadership that has haunted me ever since. The author, whose name I have repressed, wrote: "Only a confirmed anti-Semite could believe that the Jewish people have the leadership they...
  • European anti-Semitism up since Hezbollah war

    By Dinah Spritzer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's recent war with Hezbollah resulted in a new wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe -- almost all in Western Europe, a new report finds.

    The European Jewish Congress' (EJC) 53-page report, presented Sunday at a World Jewish Congress meeting in Paris, reveals that the...

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