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Toutes nos condoléances à David Levy-Bentolila suite au décès de son épouse Victoria.

Tout le Comité executif du BBE et tous les membres s'unissent pour présenter ses plus sincères condoléances à David et aux membres de sa famille pour le décès de Victoria hier.

Vous êtes dans nos coeurs et dans nos prières.

La vice-présidente du BBE participe au lancement du nouveau groupe "Jeunes professionnels" du BBUK

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75 participants s'éaient déplacés pour le lancement du nouveau group 25-45, "jeunes professionnels" du B'nai B'rith UK. La soirée s'est déroulée sur le thème "soirée d'été sur la Tamise".

La vice-présidente du BBE, Valérie Achache s'est rendue à l'évènement.

Un film sur le travail B'nai B'rith a été projeté. La soirée a semblé motiver de nouveaux membres à rejoindre le nouveau groupe.

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Bnai Brith meets the Pope

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Erika and Pope Francis

A multinational delegation of B'nai B'rith leaders met privately with Pope Francis on June 25 at the Vatican, the first international Jewish audience with the pope since the Vatican announced an agreement on church issues with "the State of Palestine" and the pope separately acknowledged non-recognition of Israel as amounting to anti-Semitism. The meeting came during the 50th anniversary year of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council document that helped to transform Catholic-Jewish relations.

The delegation, in addition to Allan Jacobs and Dan Mariaschin, was composed of other members of the B'nai B'rith delegation as Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors Gary Saltzman (Denver, Colo.); B'nai B'rith Europe President Erika van Gelder (The Netherlands); B'nai B'rith International Senior Vice President for Europe (Daniel Citone); Chairman of the B'nai B'rith International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy Joseph Harari (Panama); Haim Katz, Chairman of the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem (Israel); and President of B'nai B'rith Argentina Mario Wilhelm (Argentina).

The B'nai B'rith statement said that the "continuing, extraordinary transformation in the relationship between our faith communities can serve as a source of inspiration and optimism for so many others around the world, not least at a time of tensions and conflicts too often influenced by religion... We must make the deepening Christian-Jewish kinship further known among our own adherents around the world—from clergy to educators to young people—and we must progress from dialogue to concrete partnership in tackling the array of challenges that confront our constituencies and all members of the human family. Among these are the protection of our shared environment, care for the poorest and most vulnerable in society, the advancement of quality education for all, the encouragement of international peace, and the combating of all forms of extremism and bigotry."

B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs celebrated the pope's commitment to "advancing the path of your predecessors in signaling the Church's commitment to the Jewish people, its respect for Judaism, its denunciation of persisting anti-Semitism, and its due recognition of the State of Israel." At the same time, he told the pontiff that "tragically, no enduring Palestinian-Israeli peace can be possible as long as powerful forces deny the right of a Jewish state to live within any boundaries in Jews' only ancestral homeland. It is in light of this that it is so important that Palestinians not be afforded incentives to pursue political aims outside of meaningful and direct negotiations, compromise and comprehensive bilateral agreement with Israel."

On the eve of the current June 30 deadline for international negotiations with Iran over its illicit nuclear program, Jacobs also emphasized that "if it weren't enough that Iran openly pledges Israel's destruction and lethally empowers foremost terrorist groups—responsible for carnage as far away as Buenos Aires, whose unresolved 1994 AMIA bombing you have consistently highlighted—this rogue government has aggressively pursued the ability to acquire the most dangerous of weaponry... [M]ore attention needs to be paid to the telling fact that Iran's actions have broadly united its neighbors—Arabs and Israelis alike—in urgent, and unprecedented, alarm."

B'nai B'rith expressed support "to our Christian friends worldwide—and we specifically offer our immense concern, and abiding solidarity, as Christians in so many parts of the Middle East are now faced with discrimination, threats and outright persecution. We have them in our thoughts and our prayers."

Since Israel, a rare Middle Eastern democracy where Christians and other minorities have continually increased, itself represents a threatened minority presence in the region, the B'nai B'rith delegation decried "an economic warfare movement, present even in some religious denominations, that singles out the Jewish state for punitive campaigns."

This is not B'nai B'rith's first time meeting with Pope Francis: In 2013, B'nai B'rith International Director of United Nations and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels attended the installation of the pope and the first interreligious meeting with him at the Vatican. In 2014, Michaels also greeted Francis at the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the papal visit to Israel. And before he was known around the world at Pope Francis, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio hosted B'nai B'rith's Kristallnacht commemoration in Buenos Aires in 2012.

"Our meeting with Pope Francis provided us an opportunity to directly reaffirm the bond between the Jewish community and Catholics worldwide, on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate. It also gave our delegation an important chance to discuss urgent issues in the Middle East that affect both faiths in the region," B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.

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

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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
Human Rights Voices
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
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
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

Toutes nos félicitations à Serge Dahan pour sa réelection à la tête du BBF

Serge Dahan

Dimanche 21 juin 2015 s’est tenue l’Assemblée Générale du B’nai B’rith France, au cours de laquelle se sont déroulées les élections du Président et de son Bureau National.

Serge Dahan a été très largement réélu Président du B’nai B’rith France.

A ses côtés, le nouveau ticket national, élu lui aussi à cette occasion, se compose comme tel:

- Philippe Meyer, Vice-Président

- Francine Cohen, Vice-Présidente

- Renée Samanovy, Secrétaire Générale

-André Ouazana, Trésorier

Le nouveau Bureau National qui entame ainsi un mandat de trois ans sera composé du Président et de son ticket, ainsi que des cinq vice-présidents régionaux élus respectivement au sein de leurs régions.

Le Bnai Brith condamne les déclarations du patron d'Orange visant à se retirer d'Israël

Le Bnai Brith Europe comme le Bnai Brith International condamne la déclaration de la société française de télécommunications Orange, son PDG Stéphane Richard ayant déclaré son intention  de se retirer d'Israël. Cette déclaration est déplorable et suggère une influence du mouvement BDS (Boycott  Désinvestissement et Sanctions) dont le but est d'isoler Israël en raison de "sa politique de discrimnation envers le peuple palestinien".

Au Caire, Richard a dit que, si cela était financièrement possible, il cesserait toute relation dès "demain" entre son entreprise et Partner, la société israélienne que distribue les licences Orange en Israël.

Orange a une présence commerciale importante en Israël en tant que fournisseur télécom.

Ce n'est pas la première fois qu'Orange a démontré un tel manque d'éthique professionnelle. En 2012, le B'nai B'rith avait révélé qu'Orange a été l'une des entreprises, avec plusieurs agences des Nations Unies, à embaucher Emad Hajjaj, un dessinateur palestinien basé en Jordanie connu pour ses dessins virulemment antisémites. Le Bnai Brith a écrit aux  organisations qui emploient Hajjaj, mais Orange n'a pas répondu.

Nous exhortons le gouvernement français, qui détient une participation dans le capital d'Orange, de condamner les commentaires de Richard et à s'opposer fermement aux campagnes BDS contre la seule démocratie du Moyen-Orient.

Source: Bnai Brith International

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