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NEWS - Lodges and B'nai B'rith updates

We want to thank you and the members of your Lodges for the very many gestures of sympathy, condolences and fraternity you have addressed to us.

It is with feelings of great sadness, bitterness and abhorrence that we share in the pain and mourning that has just hit our community and the entire French Republic.

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B'nai B'rith Europe, strongly condemns the heinous shooting that took place at the Ozar Torah Jewish School in Toulouse on March 19th, killing one teacher and three children, and seriously wounding others. B'nai B'rith throughout Europe presents its deepest condolences to the Jewish Community in Toulouse and wishes strength to the families to overcome this terrible tragedy. The immediate response from the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy and the efforts deployed to arrest and prosecute the perpetrator of this horrible act are welcomed by our organisation. We most sincerely hope that all steps will be taken to protect the Jewish community from such dramatic anti-Semitic attacks in the future by reinforcing security around Jewish schools, synagogues and community centres.

The Nahmanides Lodge in Barcelona offers to different Spanish cities the opportunity to present an itinerary exhibit whose aim is to sensitize the general public on the Shoah.

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B’nai B’rith International decries the barrage of rocket fire from terrorists in Gaza against major population centers in southern Israel over the weekend and supports Israel’s right to defend itself against these indiscriminate attacks.

B’nai B’rith stands in solidarity with not only Israelis in southern Israel, but all Israeli citizens during this time of attacks on the Jewish state.

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The Executive Committee of B’nai B’rith Europe joins Brother Matathias Borbolis, President of the Athens Lodge of B’nai B’rith together with all its members , in offering sincere condolences to Brother Victor Batis and his family on the sad passing of his mother Rachel at the age of 93.
She is deeply mourned by her three children and their spouses, by seven grand-children and two great grand-children.
May her soul rest in peace.

On Sunday evening, 19th February 2012, Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament, received a special award from B’nai B’rith Europe – the Professor Allerhand Memorial Menorah. This honour, awarded only rarely, shows appreciation for public action on behalf of humanity and against all forms of discrimination.

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