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Urgent call to demonstrate in support of Israel, 29 June 2015

AN URGENT CALL TO DEMONSTRATE IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL

In light of the current wave of unrelenting attacks against Israel's legitimacy, we the undersigned organizations have joined together to hold a rally in support of Israel.
To all who hold dear the value of human rights and democracy we call you to join us on June 29th between the hours of 12:00 to 15:00 in Geneva at Place des Nations.
Israel is the stronghold of democracy in a region where this basic value is threatened on all fronts. Today hegemony and radicalism threaten to thwart the fervent desire of all the people of the region for a better life, a thriving economy and stable and democratic governance.
At this critical time Israel's legitimacy is being threatened on many fronts, the right to defend itself is being challenged and false allegations are being leveled in order to divert attention from true abuse of innocent civilian populations.
It is urgent for all to rally together in solidarity and show the world that we will not let agents of terror cynically abuse organizations such as the UN as a platform to wage political war against Israel and manipulate public opinion.
Your presence is urgently needed. Join us and make your voices heard.







Arbeitsgemeinschaft Israel-Werke Schweiz (IWS)
America-Israel Friendship League
American Jewish committee Atlanta
American Jewish Committee
Association Suisse-Israel
Associação de Amizade Portugal-Israel
B´nai B´rith Concordia Košice
B'nai B'rith Europe
B'nai B'rith France
B'nai B'rith International
B´nai B´rith Tolerance Bratislava
Club der Freunde Israels
Christen an der Seite Israels-Österreich
Christians for Israel International
C.R.I.F. (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France)
European Coalition for Israel
European Union of Jewish Students
Faith Church (Hungary)
Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange
HISPANIC ISRAEL LEADERSHIP COALITION (USA)
Human Rights Voices
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
ICEJ GERMANY
Israel Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia
Israel Europe Freedom Center
Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien
Israeltische Religionsgesellschaft Österreich- Bundesverband der Israelitischen Kultusgemeinden
Jewish Diplomatic Corps
KKL Finland
National Union of Israeli Students NUIS
Österreichisch Israelische Gesellschaft
ONE WITH ISRAEL (USA)
Over the Rainbow
Parliamentarian Group Swiss-Israel
Patmos Lähetyssäätiö (Finland)
Proclaiming justice to the nations-PJTN
Stand With Us
STEP UP for Israel
Suomen Karmel-yhdistys (Finland)
Swiss Union of Jewish Students SUJS
Take A Pen
The Central Union of the Jewish Religious Communities to the Slovak Republic
Slovak-Israeli Friendship Society
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (Canada)
The Columbia, SC, Jewish Federation
The European Alliance for Israel
The Grace Christian Fellowship Milosť
The Israel Project
The London Center for policy Research
Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust
We Believe in Israel (UK)
World Jewish Congress
World Union of Jewish Students WUJS
Zionist Organization of America

Congratulations to Serge Dahan for his reelection as President of BBF

Serge Dahan

The General Assembly of B'nai B'rith France was held during which the National cabinet was elected. It resulted in the reelection of Serge Dahan as President of Bnai Brith France and the National bureau:


- Philippe Meyer, Vice-President

- Francine Cohen, Vice-President

- Renée Samanovy, Secretary General

-André Ouazana, Treasurer

This new bureau is elected for 3 years and is composed of 5 vice presidents representing their regions.

Bnai Brith Europe condemns Orange CEO statement wishing to withdraw from Israel

B'nai B'rith Europe stands with B'nai B'rith International when they say that French telecommunication company Orange CEO Stephane Richard’s statement that “[o]ur intention is to withdraw from Israel,” is deplorable and suggests corporate acquiescence to the pernicious Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to single out Israel for unjust discrimination and harm.

In Cairo, Richard said that, if it were financially feasible, he would terminate his company’s relationship “tomorrow” with Partner, the Israeli company that licenses the Orange name in Israel.

Orange does substantial business in Israel, where it is a top mobile service provider.

This is not the first time Orange has demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility in the Middle East. In 2012, B’nai B’rith revealed that Orange was one of the companies, along with multiple U.N. agencies, to hire Emad Hajjaj, a Jordan-based Palestinian cartoonist with a long record of virulently anti-Semitic imagery in his work. B’nai B’rith wrote to the groups patronizing Hajjaj, but Orange failed to reply.

We urge the French government, which has a stake in Orange, to deplore Richard’s comments and firmly oppose BDS campaigns against the Middle East’s only democracy.




Source: B'nai Brith International

Athen's lodge visit to the Jewish community of Trikala, Greece

Philo at Trikalas synagogue 2Philo at Trikalas synagogue



“B’nai B’rith Lodge “Filon” Athens has organized over long weekend’s International Labor day (1/5/2015) a visit to the historical Jewish community of the city of Trikala, located in central mainland, Greece. The venue was part of our long standing solidarity visits to small communities all over the country.


 

Fifty people escorted by Athens’ recently retired rabbi & brother Isaac Mizan travelled to Trikala where we held Shabbat services at local synagogue, where the last full Shabbat morning service has actually taken place almost 3 years ago !

 

Besides celebrating a beautiful and moving Shabbat, our stay included trips to the nearby picturesque mountainous villages of Elati and Pertouli as well as at the artificial Lake Plastiras.

 

Once more, we strengthened our bonds while enjoying nature’s beauty and tasting local agricultural produce and further renewed our promise to meet soon again and keep loyal to the afore mentioned lodge’s solidarity goal”.    




 

From Malmö: Reaction to the vandalization of an exhibition on White Busses

Malmö 2015-05-11

In view of the vandalized exhibition on the white buses.

The exhibition on the white buses have been vandalized in Gothenburg during the night of Saturday, one becomes despondent says project manager Michael Ringlander.

In Gothenburg, during the whole week celebratory kept the memories of the white buses that saved the lives of 1000's of people who had been in concentration camps during World War II. They had decided to have a ceremony in the synagogue and on night they vandalized the exhibition. Vandalism was adressing specifically the Jewish victims who came with the buses. They wanted to wipe out that it was the Jews who came.

Today we see the continued threats against Jews and Jewish institutions in Sweden and politicians' response has been to inject money into the safety of Jews in Sweden so they feel safe. Money is a way but it is not sustainable in the long run. But what kind of society do we want in Sweden? How long will the politicians inject money to numb there minds? Either starts politicians to take vigorous action to their vulnerable citizens, or we'll go to a Jew-free Sweden!

On Ynet News , journalist Yael Darel wrote that more and more Scandinavian Jews and especially Swedish Jews are buying homes like never before in Israel. One might ask the question why? Is not because they want to have a vacation home. They want a safe place to get to when the dark clouds piling up and today the clouds very gray. Jews have been in Sweden since the 1700s and always contributed to Swedish society. When will society and politicians through constructive efforts to contribute to the security and protection for its Jewish citizens?

Jews in Denmark feel they can not live the life they want to live, says Vice President Jonathan Fischer in the Jewish community in Denmark in an article. It can certainly the majority of the Swedish Jews also signing on.

If Sweden do not want a Jew-free Sweden, it is time for our politicians to start to listen and don´t bury their heads in the sand so they can´t see, and believing that the problem will disappear. Statement as our Deputy Prime Minister Asa Romson made on a party leaders debate yesterday in which she compared Auschwitz with the stream of refugees crossing the Mediterranean demonstrates a lack of history and the lack of skills and it is not worthy of Sweden.


B'nai B'rith Lodge Malmo

Kamrergatan 11Malmö

B'nai B'rith is the oldest Jewish service organization founded in New York in 1843. B'nai B'rith Malmo lodge is part of B'nai B'rith International.

  

Editor's note: "White Buses" refers to an operation undertaken by the Swedish Red Cross and the Danish government in the spring of 1945 to rescue concentration camp inmates in areas under Nazi control and transport them to Sweden, a neutral country. Although the operation was initially targeted at saving citizens of Scandinavian countries, it rapidly expanded to include citizens of other countries. All told, the operation removed 15,345 prisoners from mortal peril in concentration camps; of these 7,795 were Scandinavian and 7,550 were non-Scandinavian (Polish, French, etc.). In particular, 423 Danish Jews were saved from the Theresienstadt concentration camp inside German-occupied territory of Czechoslovakia, contributing significantly to the fact that casualties among Danish Jews during the Holocaust were among the lowest of the occupied European countries. The term "white buses" originates from the buses having been painted white with red crosses, to avoid confusion with military vehicles. source: Wikipedia
 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter of protest concerning Kavala Holocaust Memorial by Malmö Lodge

B'nai B'rith Malmölogen har skickat ett brev till Greklands Ambassad i Stockholm.

Malmö 2015-05-22

Embassy of the Hellenic Republic, Greece
FAO: Charge' d' affaires Despina Koukoulopoulou
Kommendörsgatan
16
114 48 Stockholm
Sweden

Dear Charge' d' affaires Mrs. Despina Koukoulopoulou,

It has come to our attention that the unveiling of a Holocaust memorial in the Greek town of Kavala was stopped because it featured a Star of David.
The decision was taken by the Mayor of the town, Dimitra Tsanaka, with the backing of the majority of the Kavala City Council.

As you may know, 81 % of the Greek Jews were murdered by the Nazis, where of 1484 Jews from Kavala perished during the Second World War.

The Jews of Kavala were killed because they were Jewish. The Star of David is inextricably link to the identity and memory, of each and every Jew that perished during the Second World War.

The decision by Mayor Tsanaka and the Kavala City Council to demand the removal of the Star of David from the memorial is morally reprehensible and, frankly, beyond belief. We urge you to call on Kavala's city officials to reconsider and reverse their shameful and appalling decision.

Yours sincerely

B'nai B'rith Malmölogen
Kammrergatan 11, Malmö, Sweden

B'nai B'rith Malmölodge is the Swedish branch of the international B'nai B'rith organization with 500.000 members globally.

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