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On March 18, once again, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will attack violently the State of Israel, and also its own fundamental principles.
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Enough is enough!

We must react, gather and protest against the UNHRC manipulation and demonization of the Jewish state.

On March 18, The UNHRC will release the report of their Commission of Inquiry into Israel's "large-scale assault" on "civilian" Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border.

On March 18, the UNHRC will also release a report on their Blacklist of companies who do business over the Green Line, a thinly veiled form of anti-Israel BDS.

And again on March 18, The UNHRC will release another five reports targeting Israel — the only democracy in the Middle East and nothing against the world's worst violators of human rights.

Enough is enough!

It is time to react and protest against these UN injustices, against this demonization of the Jewish state, against against the betrayal of their own founding values.

B'nai B'rith Europe supports the event organized by UN Watch in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 12:30 pm, at the Place des Nations facing the UN Human Rights Council.

President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, and the Executive Board call on members and friends B'nai B'rith Europe to come to Geneva and protest against the UN Human Rights Council.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe soutient la manifestation organisée par UN Watch
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Le 18 mars prochain, une nouvelle fois, le Conseil des Droits de l'Homme de l'ONU (CDH) s'attaquera violemment à l'État d'Israël mais aussi à ses propres principes fondamentaux.

Ça suffit !

Nous devons réagir, nous rassembler et protester contre les manipulations de diabolisation de l'État Juif par le CDH.

Le 18 mars, le CDH publiera le rapport de la Commission d'Enquête au sujet des « attaques à grande échelle » sur les manifestants « civils » palestiniens à la frontière de Gaza.

Le 18 mars, le CDH publiera aussi sa liste noire de compagnies qui mènent leurs affaires par-delà la ligne verte, une version à peine déguisée du BDS contre Israël.

Et encore le 18 mars, le CDH publiera 5 rapports ciblant Israël, unique démocratie de la région et rien contre les pires violateurs des Droits de l'Homme.

Ça suffit !

Il est temps de réagir et de manifester contre ces injustices de l'ONU, contre cette diabolisation de l'État Juif, contre cette trahison par l'ONU de ses propres valeurs fondamentales.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe soutient la manifestation organisée par UN Watch le 18 mars place des Nations à 12h30.

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, et le Bureau Exécutif appellent les membres et amis du B'nai B'rith Europe à venir nombreux pour manifester face au Conseil des Droits de l'Homme à Genève.
B'nai B'rith at the European Union Conference against antisemitism

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A conference focused on anti-Semitism in Europe, was held on February 7 at the European Parliament under the auspices of the Romanian presidency of the European Union Council in the presence of Viorica DÃNCILÃ, Romanian Prime Minister.

The Romanian presidency has chosen to prioritize combating anti-Semitism by holding this conference entitled "The Fight Against Antisemitism: A Common Approach to Better Protect Jewish Communities in Europe - From Policy to Action". It followed another conference on anti-Semitism held in November 2018 by the Austrian presidency of the EU Council.

B'nai B'rith was represented by Dan Mariashin, B'nai B'rith International CEO; Serge Dahan, the president of B'nai B'rith Europe; Stephane Teicher, B'nai B'rith International Senior vice president and representative to UNESCO; Jose Iacobescu, president of B'nai B'rith Romania; Andre Ouzana, B'nai B'rith Europe treasurer (France); Valerie Achache, B'nai B'rith Europe General Secretary (Belgium); Gunnar Bjork, B'nai B'rith Europe executive committee (Denmark); Ben Naegele, B'nai B'rith International's Director of EU Affairs and Hanna Kalmenson, B'nai B'rith Europe director.

B'nai B'rith mission, statement and activities were highlighted by Dan Mariashin, who gave opening remarks, and by Jose Iacobescu who presented B'nai B'rith Europe's project Bridges of Tolerance.

The conference also included speakers from the European Parliament, the Romanian government and Jewish organizations.

For more information about the conference, click here. For Mariaschin's full speech, click here. For Iacobescu's speech click here. For the AM sessions click here. For the PM sessions click here.

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B'nai B'rith Europe conference in Berlin
The future Of Jewish Life in Europe

From left to right: Francine Coen, André Ouazana, Felicia Waldman, Klaus Lederer, Robin Sclafani, Felix Klein, Solomon Bali, Serge Dahan, Michael Naor, Abraham Lehrer, Stephane Teicher, Eric Engelmayer

Please find here the address of President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan at the occasion of "The Future of Jewish Life in Europe" conference in Berlin on the 21st of January.
Gathering of B'nai B'rith Europe in Berlin

Reflecting on the future of Jewish Communities in Europe

21 January 2018 Berlin

President of B'nai B'rith Europe Serge Dahan and B'nai B'rith German Lodges,organise a meeting and discussion with the european representatives of B'nai B'rith,the local Jewish community, German political figures, European experts and journalists to address the future of Jewish life in Europe.

Since 2012, at least 14 people have been killed in antisemitic attacks all over Europe. Even though Jews make up less than 1% of the population in France, 30% of all hate crimes recorded in 2017 were antisemitic (source Licra).
The EU Fundamental Rights Agency the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched the biggest survey ever done in Europe on the perceptions and experiences of Jewish communities with Antisemitism in May 2018. The data will enable the European Union and national governments to develop its policies on combating antisemitism in the future.

To what extent does this influence the way EU states lead the fight against antisemitism? What else should be done in order to face the rise of antisemitism? Is there a future for Jews in Europe?
Join us and our speakers to address these and other concerns on the future of Jewish life in Europe.

10:30 - 11:00 Registration and Coffee

11:00 - 11:15 Greetings

Dr. Andras Kain
President of B'nai B'rith Lodge in Berlin

Mr. Serge Dahan
President of B'nai B'rith Europe

11:15 - 12:30 The Future of Jews in Europe (Part 1)

The situation in Germany and the function of the Federal Government
Commissioner for Combating Antisemitism
by Dr. Felix Klein
Federal Government Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and
the Fight against Antisemitism

An educational response to prevent Antisemitism
by Ms. Robin Sclafani
Director of Ceji, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:30 Jewish Life in Germany

H.E. Jeremy Issacharoff
Ambassador of the State of Israel in Berlin

Dr. Klaus Lederer
Mayor of Berlin

Mr. Abraham Lehrer
Vice-President of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany

Lecture: Jewish Communities in Two Germanys: 1945 - 1990 and beyond
by Prof. Michael Wolffsohn
Historian and author

14:30 - 14:50 Coffee Break

14:50 - 16:00 The Future of Jews in Europe (Part 2)

Antisemitsm - the role of the media
by Mr. Julian Reichelt
Chairman of BILD's editorial offices and Editor-in-Chief BILD

Antisemitism - the role of education
by Ms. Felicia Waldman
Member of B'nai B'rith Europe Executive Committee,
Chair of the Education Working group of IHRA

Closing remarks
by Dr. Michael Naor
Member of B'nai B'rith Europe Executive Committee

Optional: guided visit to the Neue Synagoge Centrum Judaicum
16:10 Pick up to Museum
16:30-18:00 Visit
18:00 Pick up to Plaza

The program may be subject to change

Kindly register before 27.12.2018

Registration Link

This event was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the following Lodges:

Augustin Keller (Zurich), Evi & Sigi Feigel (Zurich), Franz Rozenzweig (Düsseldorf), Henry Dunant (Geneva), Hilleel (Amsterdam), Mala Zimetbaum (Antwerp),
Menorah Hebraica (Munich), Raoul Wallenberg (Berlin).

Your sponsorship is welcomed!
Kindly send your contribution on the following bank account:
Account name: B'nai B'rith Europe
IBAN BE81 1911 9033 9224
Account number 1911 9033 9224

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel Berlin Centre
Nuernberger Straße 65 , 10787 Berlin

Should you need to book accomodation click here
in order to get our preferential rates at the Plaza.
A limited number of rooms will be available for a special price.
Worrying results of the FRA survey B'nai B'rith Europe urges EU state members to launch comprehensive education programs


On monday, the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Commission presented a new survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency which finds that 9 out of 10 European Jews feel Antisemitism has increased over the past five years.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe attended the presentation at the European Commission in the presence of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Karoline Edtstadler, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the interior - austrian presidency of the european council, Michael O'Flaherty, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission coordinator on combating Antisemitism, Representatives of jewish communities and NGO's.

This survey was carried out online during May and June 2018. FRA issued a report analysing data from the responses of 16,395 respondents in 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). These member states are home to over 96% of European Jews, this is the largest ever survey of its type.

The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's 2nd survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying.
85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. Other figures, amongst others, show that Antisemitism is pervasive and is having an impact on the daily lives of European Jews throughout the EU: 89% of Jews think Antisemitism is most problematic on the internet and on social media; 28% of respondents have been harassed at least once in the past year; 79% of Jews who experienced antisemitic harassment in the past five years did not report this to the police or another organisation; 34% avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe; 38% have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe; 70% consider that efforts by Member States to combat Antisemitism are not effective.

Serge Dahan thanks the FRA for producing this second comprehensive report on hate crimes and discriminations faced by jews in Europe.
« Following the declaration unanimously voted by 28 EU member states on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to protect Jewish communities on December 6, political leaders across Europe need to take strong and concrete actions today. Education is the most efficient way to prevent and to face hate, this report highlights the urgent need to provide a comprehensive education about the holocaust as well as tools to counter conspiration theories and stereotypes ».

Serge Dahan thanks the European Parliament and the European Commission for their commitment to ensure the rights of jewish citizens in Europe are respected and hopes to see concrete measures at the EU member state level.

For More Information :
Fundamental Rights Agency Antisemitism report and press release

Press Release by FVP Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová
EU actions against Antisemitism
Permanent Partnership with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

B'nai B'rith Europe strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Strasbourg

A gunfire went off on Tuesday night in downtown Strasbourg. The Christmas market in downtown Strasbourg was targeted by the terrorism which continues its war against Europe.

Members of the B'nai B'rith Europe, saddened by this terrible shooting, united and in solidarity with the people of France cry today the lives of innocents, pray for the wounded to recover as soon as possible and address to the families their fraternal condolences.

B'nai B'rith Europe through the voice of its President expresses its full support to the french Government in its fight for defending our values, for freedom and for brotherhood.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe condamne fermement l'attentat terroriste de Strasbourg
Une fusillade a éclaté mardi soir dans le centre-ville de Strasbourg.
Le marché de Noël du centre ville de Strasbourg a été la cible du terrorisme qui poursuit sa guerre contre l'Europe

Les membres du B'nai B'rith Europe, attristés par cette terrible fusillade, unis et solidaires avec le peuple de France pleurent aujourd'hui ces vies innocentes, prient pour que les blessés se rétablissent au plus vite et adressent aux familles leurs fraternelles condoléances.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe par la voix de son Président exprime son total soutien au Gouvernement de la France dans son combat pour la défense de nos valeurs, pour la liberté et la fraternité.

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