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BBE sponsors portable school shelter for elementary school in Israel

BBE sponsors portable school shelter for elementary school in Israel

During last summer’s Gaza conflict, the BBE executive committee organized a Solidarity trip to Israel. As part of the program,…

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

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…

B’nai B’rith Meets with European Commission Coordinator to Combat Anti-Semitism

B’nai B’rith Meets with European Commission Coordinator to Combat Anti-Semitism

B'nai B'rith Europe President Daniel Citone, B'nai B'rith Europe Vice-President Valerie Achache and B'nai B'rith International Director of EU Affairs…

A delegation of B'nai B'rith leads MEPS on a mission to Israël

A delegation of B'nai B'rith leads MEPS on a mission to Israël

B’nai B’rith International led several members of the European Parliament on a five-day visit to Israel. This trip promoted the…

B'nai B'rith Young Professionals' Trip to Luxembourg

B'nai B'rith Young Professionals' Trip to Luxembourg

B'nai B'rith Europe and B'nai B'rith Young Professionals (BBYP) UK took a group of over 40 people to Luxembourg from…

President of B’nai B’rith Europe visit in Auschwitz

President of B’nai B’rith Europe visit in Auschwitz

President of B'nai B'rith Europe visit in AuschwitzSerge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe and Member of the Executive Committee…

Press Release B’nai B’rith Europe

Press Release B’nai B’rith Europe

B'nai B'rith Europe co-organised a conference in the European Parliament for the International Women's Day. B’nai B’rith Europe co-organised with…

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A clear shift to the extreme right at the European Parliament

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The results of the latest elections to the European Parliament indicate a clear shift to the extreme right.

Why is this shift much more visible in the elections to the European Parliament than in national elections? First of all because of much lower general voting rates, and secondly because of the EU elections system. In Germany for example, the neo-Nazi NDP has never gained seats in the Bundestag because of a 5% qualifying threshold in the case of the votes cast nationally, and the fact that while the NDP is strong in certain regions in Germany (especially in what used to be East Germany) it has never received a majority in any of the constituencies that would give them Bundestag. However, in the recent European Parliament elections one member was elected from the NDP.


B'nai B'rith strongly condemns shooting at Jewish Museum in Brussels

B'nai B'rith strongly condemns the shootings at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Three people are confirmed dead and one other seriously injured.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman:

"The terror attack in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in which four innocent people were killed, is the result of anti-Israeli and antisemitic incitement, expressed, among others, in the call to boycott Israel and Israeli products, as well as in anti-Israeli activity in international forums and the adoption of an automatic, unilateral anti-Israeli position.

In the course of history, anti-Semitism has taken many forms, but the basis is always the same: hatred of Jews only because they are Jews, wherever they may be - whether they live in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in Ariel, in Hebron, in Brussels, or on Mars.

Therefore, the so-called "pro-Palestinian" activity, which, like in those dark days, calls for a boycott of "Jewish goods" and is directed aggressively against the only democracy in the Middle East, is pure and simple anti-Semitism, and not part of a legitimate political debate over a territorial dispute, like those found in many parts of the world.

The recent anti-Semitic events in Kansas, Toulouse, and now in Brussels constitute a powerful, flashing warning light to all those who, consciously or not, take part in this incitement when, time and time again, they rush to condemn Israel and compare the building of a home for a Jewish family in the land of our forefathers to cruel and murderous acts of terror perpetrated by heinous anti-Semites and terrorists in Gaza or in Brussels.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemns the murder that was perpetrated at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and shares in the grief of the families of the victims.

"This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state. Slander and lies against the State of Israel continue to be heard on European soil even as the crimes against humanity and acts of murder being perpetrated in our region are systematically ignored. Our response to this hypocrisy is to constantly state the truth, continue a relentless fight against terrorism and build up our strength".
Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet was quoted in local media saying "It's a shooting ... at the Jewish Museum. All of this can lead to suspicions of an act of anti-Semitism."
The situation is still unfolding as law enforcement teams seem to be moving swiftly. B'nai B'rith continues to monitor the situation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

President Shimon Peres receives B'nai B'rith Europe Lifetime Award of Merit

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Jerusalem (18 May) Israeli President Shimon Peres received today (May 18) the first B'nai B'rith Europe Lifetime Award of Merit at a special ceremony at Beit Hanasi in Jerusalem. B'nai B'rith Europe President Ralph Hofmann travelled from Frankfurt Germany to make the presentation.



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B'nai B'rith Budapest wishes to make public its position in connection with the work of art project to commemorate the German occupation of Hungary as follows:


B’nai B’rith Canada is proud of PM Harper

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B'nai Brith Canada was proud to be present as Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his historic address to the Israeli Knesset.

The excitement and deep emotion were palpable among the broad and diverse Canadian delegation which filled the visitors' gallery. Everyone present rose to their feet in yet another standing ovation as their Prime Minister vowed that Canada will stand with Israel "through fire and water."

"Prime Minister Harper once again clearly articulated Canada's unwavering support by putting Israel's right to defend itself at the forefront. Harper's message that the Canadian government will continue to stand with Israel was powerful and welcomed.

"In addition, the shouted objections and dramatic exit of two Arab Members of Knesset just as Harper decried the rising tide of the new antisemitism -- with Israel as its target -- and the lies of apartheid provided a real-time demonstration of the vibrancy of Israeli democracy.

"Harper's unequivocal commitment to the safety and security of the Jewish people proves once again that the title bestowed upon Canada as Israel's best friend is well deserved and will continue into the future."




B'nai B'rith commends the Knesset for planning to hold a special legislative session at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest Nazi death camp, on Jan. 27, the 69th anniversary of the camp's liberation. Sixty-four members of Knesset, along with numerous Israeli ministers, Holocaust survivors and politicians from around the world will take part in the Polish government's annual ceremonies on the site of the camp.

The historic visit—also occurring on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a date selected to coincide with the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—by the Knesset-led delegation cannot be understated. For members of the Israeli legislature and Holocaust survivors to stand on the killing floor of the Nazis' factory of genocide is a powerful message of perseverance of the Jewish people and a necessary reminder of the evils that racial hatred can produce.

B'nai B'rith also commends its Polish counterpart, B'nai B'rith Poland, for its efforts to promote tolerance and ensure the memory of Holocaust victims is never forgotten.

B'nai B'rith Europe will be represented at the Holocaust Remembrance day ceremony organized by Martin Schulz, Président of the European Parliament.


B'nai B'rith Polin, through B'nai B'rith Europe and B'nai B'rith International, calls for all people of good will, regardless of their nationality, to join in its efforts to counteract displays of racial hatred and their effects.

On January 27, 2014, the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, a special international session of the Knesset will be held in Oświęcim (Auschwitz) and in Krakow in special commemoration of the Shoah.

What makes this event exceptional is that the Israeli parliament will convene together with invited representatives and parliamentarians from the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Italy and Poland in another country - on the very land where the Holocaust was carried out. This event symbolizes that remembering the Nazi genocide is a matter of common significance for the entire world.

Commemoration of the tragedy of the Jewish people and the crimes carried out by the Nazis on Polish soil honors the victims and is an expression of the cooperation of nations in upholding peace and respecting human rights on Earth.

On behalf of the Board of the B'nai B'rith Polin Lodge
Jarosław J. Szczepański, President

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