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B'NAI B'RITH DELEGATION TO U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADVOCATES FOR ISRAEL AND GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS

B'NAI B'RITH DELEGATION TO U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADVOCATES FOR ISRAEL AND GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS



B'nai B'rith concluded its annual leadership delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where top staff and volunteer leaders advocated on important human rights issues and challenged the body's relentless bias against Israel.

From March 13 to March 16, more than 25 B'nai B'rith leaders and supporters, met with senior diplomats from some 40 countries, including the United States, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom. B'nai B'rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin led the delegation.

"We meet in Geneva every year to stand up for global human rights and for Israel, and let the United Nations Human Rights Council—let the world—know that the nation-state of the Jewish people is a vibrant and remarkable democracy that does not warrant the slew of shameful condemnatory resolutions the UNHRC passes every year," Saltzman and Mariaschin said from Geneva.

During the trip, the delegation held meetings with Council officials and discussed serial human rights abusers such as Syria and Iran, as well as the UNHRC's obsessive criticism of Israel under "Item 7"—a permanent agenda item aimed only at Israel.

In addition to Saltzman and Mariaschin, B'nai B'rith was represented by other senior figures from the America Continent as well as by a number of European B'nai B'rith leaders, namely Daniel Citone of Rome, President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Stéphane Teicher of Paris, Senior Vice President Eric Engelmayer of Luxembourg, Director of the London Bureau of International Affairs Jeremy Havardi, President of the Mordecai Lodge Grenoble Ada Sadoun, Azaria Acher, Nurit Braun and Richard Sadoune all of Geneva and Anita Winter of Zürich.

Michaels coordinated the meetings in Geneva together with U.N. Affairs Program Officer Oren Drori, from New York.

Part of the delegation will continue on to Paris to meet with key government officials including United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova.

Holocaust awareness raising: BBE Secretary General Ernest Simon visits a British School


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(source of the Article: Strode's college website)

On Monday 30th January, students heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Ernest Simon, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

Ernest was born in May 1930 in Eisenstadt, Austria. Following the Anschluss in March 1938, Ernest and his family moved from Eisenstadt to Vienna, where they settled in a small flat in the Jewish quarter. As soon as they moved, Ernest's father began making desperate efforts for the family to leave the country.

The engaging students listened to Ernest's encounter and testimony and gained a better understanding of the nature of the Holocaust.

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Bernadette Joslin, Assistant Principal Student Services commented, "It was a privilege for us to welcome Ernest Simon to Strode's and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. We are grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for co-ordinating the visit and we hope that by hearing Ernest's testimony, it will encourage our students to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust and make a positive difference in their own lives."

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:

"The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Ernest's story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing his testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.

"At the Trust, we impart the history of the Holocaust to young people, to ensure that we honour the memory of those whose lives were lost and take forward the lessons taught by those who survived."






B'NAI B'RITH COMMENDS GERMANY'S CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION FOR OPPOSING BDS

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B'nai B'rith strongly commends German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party for passing a resolution opposing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS only furthers Palestinian attempts to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state, in turn harming the peace process by discouraging direct negotiations between the parties.

The CDU, in a statement, said: "Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism...The CDU will decisively oppose every hostile action that Israel faces."

We applaud the CDU's forceful rejection of an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel movement that seeks to destabilize the Jewish state's economy and ultimately end Israel's existence. We further welcome the potent symbolism of such a message from Germany's governing party. B'nai B'rith hopes that the CDU's exemplary action will prompt other political actors throughout Europe to condemn BDS and denounce anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred.

Unveiling Ceremony of the plaque in memory of Erika van Gelder z"l

On Sunday 3rd July, on the occasion of a reunion of the BBE Executive Committee and a visit from BBI executive, BBE unveiled a plaque for our late and beloved President Erika Van Gelder.

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David and Sarah Van Gelder, Erika's family, attended too.

Daniel Citone, BBE president, Garry Saltzman, BBI President, and Dan Mariaschin made moving speeches  followed by another inspiring speech by David Van Gelder. 


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B’NAI B’RITH MOURNS THE LOSS OF EMINENT VOICE OF THE HOLOCAUST, SURVIVOR ELIE WIESEL

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We mourn the passing of Elie Wiesel, whose writing gave voice to the millions who perished in the Shoah, and to the millions of Soviet Jews seeking freedom to emigrate. Eminent thinker and author, his books and lectures taught us with power and grace, but served also, in our own times, to teach us the lessons of history's darkest moments.


His passing leaves the world bereft of a profound moral conscience. 

Source: B'nai B'rith International.








BBUK has a new board: congratulations!

Following the BBUK Annual General Meeting which was held last Sunday, 15th May 2016, a new board has been elected. You will find below the composition of the new board. Congratulations and good luck the new president Alan Miller and to the new board.

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  Alan Miller ( New President), Toni Port (Honorary Life President of BBUK) and Eve Swabe (Monitor)



 
 
PRESIDENT 
 
 
 
ALAN MILLER

 
 
VICE PRESIDENT
 
WENDY FISHMAN

 
 
MONITOR
 
EVE SWABE

 
 
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON
OFFICER
 
MARTIN KUDLICK

 
 
TREASURER 
 
 
 
TONY ETHERTON
 
 
SECRETARY
 
 
WENDY FIREMAN
 
 
MINUTES SECRETARY
 
JO BIEBER

 
 
Chairman – CJIC Committee
 
VALERIE BELLO

 
 
Israel Portfolio
 
WALTER BREINDEL

 
 

London Bureau of International Affairs  - Director
 
 
 
HELENE BRISKMAN
 

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