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KESHER DAY organized by B'NAI B'RITH in Geneva

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The event that brings together all Jews in the region!
Sunday, November 2, 2014, Geneva

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B'nai B'rith Europe condemn Belgian synagogue attack

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The Jewish Community of Brussels was once again attacked in an flagrant antisemitic effort

Although investigations are still ongoing, there may be no doubt that persons with racist, extremist and antisemitic intentions set fire at the Anderlecht synagogue. It happened only several hours after the reopening of the Jewish Museum of Brussels where, three months ago, four people were killed.

In the days leading up to Rosh Hashana, B’nai B’rith Europe and the  Brussels lodges are standing firmly behind the Jewish Community and, once again, urge the authorities to protect Jewish buildings and act strongly against the perpetrators.

B’NAI B’RITH COMMENDS GREEK LEGISLATURE FOR PASSAGE OF NEW ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW

B’nai B’rith Europe commends the Greek legislature for passing a law strengthening the country’s anti-discrimination laws and making it a crime to deny the Holocaust. This decisive action by lawmakers comes at a time of need as the rise of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has sparked anti-Semitic and xenophobic crimes throughout the country.

The law was passed by parliament on Sept. 9 after a year of debate. It increases jail time for offenders from two to three years and sets the fine at $26,000 as the maximum penalty for “inciting acts of discrimination, hatred or violence” based on religion, race or disability.

This change in policy, updating anti-discrimination legislation passed in 1979, is a positive and necessary step toward tolerance and inclusiveness in Greek society.

EUROPEAN MACCABI GAMES 2015 IN BERLIN’S OLYMPIC PARK

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Europe’s most significant Jewish event will take place next year in Berlin. Germany will host the European Maccabi Games for the first time.
The 14th European Maccabi Games (EMG2015), the major Jewish sporting event in Europe, will be opened on 28th July 2015 at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, exactly 70 years after the Holocaust and, significantly, in that arena where Jews were forbidden to compete in the Olympic Games of 1936.
Just as in the Olympic Games, Jewish athletes from countries throughout Europe compete in the European Maccabi Games every four years. More than 2000 athletes, trainers and companions from more than 30 countries will be welcomed

The official festive opening ceremony will take place at the Waldbuehne where some 15000 spectators will see the arrival of the national teams, the lighting of the Maccabi flame and a splendid artistic programme involving top German and Israeli performers.

Detailed information about all the happenings during these Games is available at www.emg2015.org

The Executive Committee of B’nai B’rith Europe wish every success for this important event in the European Jewish year.

 

Brussels Jewish Museum suspect charged with 'murder in a terrorist context

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One day after his extradition from France, federal police said Wednesday that Mehdi Nemmouche had also been interrogated by a counter-terrorist unit
Nemmouche, 29, had fought with Islamic extremists in Syria.On May 24, a lone gunman walked into the Jewish Museum in the center of Brussels, unpacked a Kalashnikov rifle, killed four people including a couple of Israeli, a French retired woman and an emplyee of the Museum, with a burst of fire, packed up and walked away.

The man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May has been charged with "murder in a terrorist context."

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B'nai B'rith Europe strongly condemn Parisian attacks

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B'nai B'rith Europe is shocked by the attacks against the Synagogue on Roquette street in Paris (11th district) by hundreds of pro Palestinian protesters carrying Hamas flags and yelling "Death to Jews". The attacks followed protests earlier. At least four people were injured and sent to the hospital before French police were able to secure the premises.

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