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B'nai B'rith Europe condemns the racism and anti-Semitism extreme-right demonstration in Warsaw and calls for prohibit on hate speech against Jews


Following the very serious events that took place during a rally of right-wing activists in Warsaw, Bnai Brith Europe, through its president Serge Dahan, condemns the anti-Semitic drift that has taken a new path unthinkable until now.

Some 60,000 people carrying Polish flags and throwing smoke bombs marked the Independence Day in an event that attracted extremists from Sweden, Hungary and Slovakia chanting slogans such as "Pure Poland, Poland free of Jews "," Jews out of Poland”

Despite the climate of hatred and violence, the Polish Foreign Minister said Saturday's meeting was "a great celebration of the Polish, different in their opinions, but united around the common values of freedom and loyalty to an independent homeland"

Israel called the rally in Warsaw "a dangerous march of extremism and racism elements"

Bnai Brith Europe urges the Polish authorities to take action now and before the last of the yellow lines are crossed, appropriate measures against the organizers of this meeting led by right-wing groups, by the national-radical camp, the national movement and Polish youth.

The hatred of the Jews must stop the acts of violence and barbarism against the Jews must stop. The future of a conception of Europe witch respect for human dignity which is today threatened

B'nai B'rith Europe calls on Polish public authorities to prohibit all racist and anti-Semitic events that directly attack Jews

B'nai B'rith Europe calls for the perpetrators and propagators of any anti-Semitic act or speech to be arrested and judged

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Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum

in Prague

Sunday 29th October-Wednesday 1st November


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We are happy to announce the opening of registration for our next Convention in Prague. As you may already know, this will be an unprecedented and very international event since BBE and BBI are organising it together for the first time.

The programme will start on Sunday night, 29th October, with a Cruise on the Vltava River for the opening session and reception dinner and will finish on Wednesday with visits of the town, including a Gala dinner on Tuesday 31st October at the prestigious Rudolfinum.


Our programme will feature prominent speakers such as Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner, for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, and Katharina Von Schnurbein, European Union Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism.

The Convention will take place between 29th October and 1st November 2017 and will be held at the:

Vienna House Diplomat

Hotel room bookings at preferential rates can be done directly on the hotel website. Additional nights may be booked up to three days before and after the Convention.

Book here!

Registrations for the conference must be completed through our form.

Register here!

The complete programme will be available soon.
We hope many of you will come and enjoy this unique event.
More information as it becomes available on B'nai B'rith International website.
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Antonio Gutterez Israel augt 2017

B’nai B’rith International commends United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his first visit to Israel, which concluded yesterday. During his visit, the secretary-general recognized that calls for destroying Israel constitute “modern anti-Semitism,” and that every United Nations member state, including Israel, deserves equal treatment.

During his visit, Guterres laid a wreath at the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, met with Israelis whose family members are being held hostage in Gaza and toured an underground tunnel built by Hamas terrorists controlling the coastal Palestinian enclave.

At the Museum of the Jewish People near Tel Aviv, Israel yesterday, Guterres said: “Let me stress that when I talk about anti-Semitism, I include calls for the destruction of Israel. Israel is a member state of the United Nations. It bears all the responsibilities and enjoys all the rights of every other member state and, therefore, it must be treated as such. As secretary-general of the United Nations, I am determined to do everything I can to stand against anti-Semitism and to all other forms of bigotry and discrimination.”

Guterres also asserted that terrorism and incitement must end, and spoke in personal terms of the historic persecution of Jews and of Israel’s achievements, including peace treaties with two neighboring Arab countries. Calling both Israelis and Palestinians at home in the Holy Land, he said, “Anyone visiting Israel is left with no doubt that it has fulfilled the rights and national aspirations of Jews throughout generations. Your country has become renowned worldwide for its great cultural, scientific, technological and scholarly achievements ... Most importantly, you have created, for the first time in 2,000 years, a home for your people.”

B’nai B’rith shares the secretary-general’s hope for coexistence and peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Sadly, Palestinians exploited Guterres’ visit to orchestrate an apparently unplanned encounter between him and the relatives of imprisoned terrorists, and to then portray them as victims enjoying the U.N. chief’s support. 

On another key front, the U.N. Security Council yesterday renewed, but also expanded the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has not yet effectively taken action as Hezbollah, the fanatically anti-Israel faction on Israel’s northern border, has further augmented its extraordinarily lethal arsenal threatening the Jewish state.

B’nai B’rith hopes that the U.N. secretary-general will further play a serious leadership role in confronting and addressing the true impediment to peace in the region: violent fanaticism that rejects the presence of a democratic Jewish state within any boundaries.

Senior B’nai B’rith leaders, including President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, met with Guterres in January at the United Nations headquarters in New York. They discussed a variety of priority concerns, particularly a long history of hostile and inequitable treatment for Israel at the world body, Middle East peacemaking, Iranian involvement in illicit nuclear activity and terrorism and the scourge of global anti-Semitism.  

On 26 – 28 May 2017, the traditional meeting of the lodges from Budapest, Košice, Prague and Bratislava was held in the capital of Slovakia. After Kabbalat shabbat, a festive dinner attended by the Ambassador of the State of Israel, Cvi Aviner Vapni, the Mayor of Bratislava, Ivo Nesrovnal, the President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Daniel Citone, and sisters and brothers of the Tolerances Lodge as well as guests from fraternal lodges was held. Our brother Mandelbaum from Vienna is a regular participant in our events.


Obituary for Simone Veil

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"It rests on the principles that you affirm and, against all odds, without ever raising your voice, manage to convince everyone of. We can say this without airs: In the heart of political life, you offer a moral and republican image."
Jean d'Ormesson

by Douglas Johnson, The Guardian
Friday 30 June 2017 14.00 BST Last modified on Friday 30 June 2017 23.15 BST

Survivor of Nazi death camps who made her name as the French health minister responsible for legalising abortion.

In November 1974, the French minister for health, Simone Veil, rose to address the national assembly and to propose a law legalising abortion. For the next three days, she fought a tremendous battle under the eye of the media. Outside the assembly, "Let them live" campaigners distributed leaflets containing terrible illustrations, and a number of women, led by a priest, walked in procession reciting prayers.
The measure was the most controversial in France for many years, and the situation politically complicated. Within the government, the prime minister, Jacques Chirac, was not in favour of the projected law, and the minister for justice, who was absent from the assembly, had pronounced that, for him, "abortion means death". The president of the republic, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, had insisted on the law, but not succeeded in persuading his followers. The project was passed only because the opposition endorsed it. This was considered a triumph for Veil, who has died aged 89, and, despite her protests, the law became widely known as "la loi Veil".


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