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Worrying results of the FRA survey B'nai B'rith Europe urges EU state members to launch comprehensive education programs


On monday, the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Commission presented a new survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency which finds that 9 out of 10 European Jews feel Antisemitism has increased over the past five years.

Serge Dahan, President of B'nai B'rith Europe attended the presentation at the European Commission in the presence of Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Karoline Edtstadler, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the interior - austrian presidency of the european council, Michael O'Flaherty, director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission coordinator on combating Antisemitism, Representatives of jewish communities and NGO's.

This survey was carried out online during May and June 2018. FRA issued a report analysing data from the responses of 16,395 respondents in 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom). These member states are home to over 96% of European Jews, this is the largest ever survey of its type.

The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's 2nd survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying.
85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. Other figures, amongst others, show that Antisemitism is pervasive and is having an impact on the daily lives of European Jews throughout the EU: 89% of Jews think Antisemitism is most problematic on the internet and on social media; 28% of respondents have been harassed at least once in the past year; 79% of Jews who experienced antisemitic harassment in the past five years did not report this to the police or another organisation; 34% avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe; 38% have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe; 70% consider that efforts by Member States to combat Antisemitism are not effective.

Serge Dahan thanks the FRA for producing this second comprehensive report on hate crimes and discriminations faced by jews in Europe.
« Following the declaration unanimously voted by 28 EU member states on the fight against antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to protect Jewish communities on December 6, political leaders across Europe need to take strong and concrete actions today. Education is the most efficient way to prevent and to face hate, this report highlights the urgent need to provide a comprehensive education about the holocaust as well as tools to counter conspiration theories and stereotypes ».

Serge Dahan thanks the European Parliament and the European Commission for their commitment to ensure the rights of jewish citizens in Europe are respected and hopes to see concrete measures at the EU member state level.

For More Information :
Fundamental Rights Agency Antisemitism report and press release

Press Release by FVP Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová
EU actions against Antisemitism
Permanent Partnership with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

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B'nai B'rith Europe strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Strasbourg

A gunfire went off on Tuesday night in downtown Strasbourg. The Christmas market in downtown Strasbourg was targeted by the terrorism which continues its war against Europe.

Members of the B'nai B'rith Europe, saddened by this terrible shooting, united and in solidarity with the people of France cry today the lives of innocents, pray for the wounded to recover as soon as possible and address to the families their fraternal condolences.

B'nai B'rith Europe through the voice of its President expresses its full support to the french Government in its fight for defending our values, for freedom and for brotherhood.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe condamne fermement l'attentat terroriste de Strasbourg
Une fusillade a éclaté mardi soir dans le centre-ville de Strasbourg.
Le marché de Noël du centre ville de Strasbourg a été la cible du terrorisme qui poursuit sa guerre contre l'Europe

Les membres du B'nai B'rith Europe, attristés par cette terrible fusillade, unis et solidaires avec le peuple de France pleurent aujourd'hui ces vies innocentes, prient pour que les blessés se rétablissent au plus vite et adressent aux familles leurs fraternelles condoléances.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe par la voix de son Président exprime son total soutien au Gouvernement de la France dans son combat pour la défense de nos valeurs, pour la liberté et la fraternité.
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The desecration of the Jewish Cemetery in Herrlisheim in the Lower Rhine in France is an insult to Memory

The Jewish Cemetery of Herrlisheim in the Lower Rhine in France, a small town next to Strasbourg, was desecrated in the night of Monday, December 10 to Tuesday, December 11. Thirty seven stelae were desecrated as well as the Shoah Martyrs Monument.

The Israelite consistory of the Lower Rhine expressed its strongest and its deepest indignation.

B'nai B'rith Europe calls on the French Government that everything be done so to ensure the perpetrators are apprehended as soon as possible and sentenced proportionaly to their acts.

More than ever, mobilization and vigilance must be increased to the level of this hatred against Jews throughout Europe and against the values of democracy.

The President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, is outraged and condemns with anger and emotion this evil act and this insult to memory. He address to the inflicted families, who gather on the graves of their parents and friends of the Jewish Cemetery in Herrlisheim, his fraternal thoughts and its support.

La profanation du cimetière juif de Herrlisheim dans le Bas-Rhin en France est une insulte à la mémoire
Le cimetière juif de juif de Herrlisheim dans le Bas-Rhin en France, une petite ville à côté de Strasbourg, a été profané dans la nuit du lundi 10 au mardi 11 décembre.

37 stèles ont été profanées ainsi que le monument des martyrs de la Shoah, le Consistoire israélite du Bas-Rhin a exprimé sa plus vive et profonde indignation.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe demande au gouvernement Français que tout soit fait pour que les auteurs soient appréhendés au plus vite et jugés à la mesure de leur acte.

Plus que jamais, la mobilisation et la vigilance doivent être à la hauteur de cette augmentation, partout en Europe, de la haine contre les juifs et contre les valeurs de la démocratie.

Le Président du B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, indigné condamne avec colère et émotion cet acte ignoble et cette insulte à la mémoire et, adresse aux familles touchées, qui viennent se recueillir sur les tombes de leurs parents et amis du cimetière juif de Herrlisheim, une pensée fraternelle et son soutien.
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B'nai B'rith Europe condemns the Hungarian weekly magazine Figyelo cover representing the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities Mr. Andras Heisler surrounded by bank notes

A few days after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban committed himself to allocate 1.5 million euros a year to expand activities that fight anti-Semitism throughout the EU, the first page of the economic pro-government weekly magazine Figyelo shows the President of the Hungarian Jewish Federation surrounded by bank notes.

B'nai B'rith Europe Europe condemns the despicable cover of the magazine and calls on the Hungarian Government to denounce these anti-Semitic representations of a different era.
The President of B'nai B'rith Europe, Serge Dahan, expresses his full solidarity with the President of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities Mr. Andras Heisler.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe condamne la couverture du magazine hebdomadaire hongrois Figyelo représentant le Président de la Fédération des communautés juives hongroises Monsieur Andras Heisler entouré de billets de banque

Quelques jours après que le Premier ministre hongrois Viktor Orban se soit engagé à allouer 1.5 millions d'euros par an pour élargir les activités de lutte contre l'antisémitisme en Europe, la première page de l'hebdomadaire économique progouvernemental Figyelo montre le Président de la Fédération juive hongroise entouré de billets de banque.

Le B'nai B'rith Europe Europe condamne la couverture ignoble du magazine et demande au gouvernement hongrois de dénoncer ces représentations antisémites d'un autre temps.
Le Président du Bnai Brith Europe, Serge Dahan, exprime sa totale solidarité au président de la Fédération des communautés juives hongroises Monsieur Andras Heisler.
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Dear Mentors, dear Presidents, dear Members of B'nai B'rith Europe,

As President of B'nai B'rith Europe I warmly congratulate the new executive board of B'nai B'rith International, in particular Charles O. Kaufman for becoming the 32nd president of B'nai B'rith International.
In the name of B'nai B'rith Europe Executive Committee I wish him and his board much success in our common mission.

I have the pleasure to send you the press release celebrating 175 years of B'nai B'rith, reporting on the International Leadership Forum in which B'nai B'rith Europe was represented by a delegation.

Serge Dahan,
President of B'nai B'rith Europe


B'nai B'rith Concludes Leadership Forum in Honor of 1843 Founding

(New York, Oct. 16, 2018)—One-hundred-seventy-five years of action, advocacy and service were on full display during the B'nai B'rith International Leadership Forum in New York. Over three days, leaders, members, supporters and donors looked back at the indelible history of the organization that traces its founding to the Lower East Side of New York, on Oct. 13, 1843.

At this year's forum, Charles O. Kaufman of Austin, Texas was elected president for a three year term. Kaufman, with decades of service to B'nai B'rith at the local, national and international levels, noted: "Organizations that celebrate 175 years — and there aren't that many of them — have a strong mission, great resolve for success and an impressive ability to innovate. B'nai B'rith has built a proud history because we've shown that being nimble, bold and committed are keys to longevity."

Seth J. Riklin of Sugar Land, Texas was appointed Chairman of the Executive. B'nai B'rith also installed new senior vice presidents: Brad Adolph, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois; Scott D. Knapp, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Roberto M. Nul, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rebecca Anne Saltzman, Centennial, Colorado; Stéphane Teicher, Paris, France; Morris Tobias, Melbourne, Australia; re-elected Treasurer A. Michael Gellman, Potomac, Maryland; re-elected Chief Justice William K. Peirez, Great Neck, New York. Gary P. Saltzman, the outgoing president who chaired the forum, was elected Honorary President.

A featured event of the celebration was a gala dinner held on Oct. 15 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. There, B'nai B'rith honored pillars of the Jewish community and celebrated our dedication and commitment to the community at the grassroots and global levels over the last 175 years.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres sent special greetings to the gala: "Thank you for being such strong and long-standing supporters of the United Nations. You were present at the San Francisco conference in 1945; you have been an accredited non-governmental organization since 1947; and today you remain a dynamic presence as we strive to build a world of peace, prosperity and dignity for all." And the secretary-general later noted: "Often been called 'the oldest hatred' anti-Semitism should have no place in the 21st century. Indeed, the origins of the United Nations itself are rooted in the need to learn the lessons of the Holocaust. Being true to our Charter means combatting anti-Semitism across the world, and I am strongly committed to being in the forefront of the fight against it and against all forms of discrimination."

Corporate and community leaders honored with the Jewish Heritage Award during the gala, were prominent attorney Kenneth J. Bialkin; Andrew Borans, former executive director of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and executive vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation; Susan Goldberg, editorial director of National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic Magazine; Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; active philanthropists and community leaders Adam and Gila Milstein; and David Yarus, founder of mllnnl and JSwipe.

Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals and the recipient of B'nai B'rith's 2016 National Healthcare Award, which has recognized exceptional trailblazers in the health care industry for more than 30 years, was the evening's emcee.

The evening examined B'nai B'rith's founding 175 years ago, and showcased how the organization was an incubator for many of today's Jewish communal groups.

"B'nai B'rith is a unique and pivotal organization," B'nai B'rith CEO and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, who also delivered a key note address during the forum, said. "We meet with leaders in the fields of diplomacy and religion, at the U.N. and elsewhere around the world. We've evolved and expanded our mission over our 17-and-a-half decades, but our founders would still recognize our commitment to Tikkun Olam — making the world a better place."

B'nai B'rith also hosted a conversation with Ambassador Dani Dayan, the Consul General of Israel in New York, at a luncheon discussion, part of our on-going Diplomatic Encounter Series. "Israel is stronger, more prosperous and has a better relationship with the world than we've ever had," Dayan said. He went on, "Strength is a necessity," but noted it isn't an Israeli aspiration.

At the same diplomatic encounter event, we conferred an award for Outstanding Contributions to Holocaust Memory upon Kimberly Mann, chief of the Education Outreach Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information.

A panel discussion on The Crisis of Zionism in "Progressive Spaces" looked at the challenges facing Zionists today, where too often, they are denied a voice on issues of equality and justice. Panelists Ann Lewis, Democratic Party strategist; Amanda Berman, president/CEO, Zioness; and Emily Shire, journalist, talked about how we can work to overcome those who seek to dehumanize and alienate Zionists. "The word 'Zionist' is so sullied we have to reclaim it," Berman said. "If we had challenged the narrative all along, we wouldn't be so far behind."

B'nai B'rith also recognized the incredible energy of top young leaders who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to the work of B'nai B'rith. Five outstanding individuals received the Label A. Katz Award, given to exemplary individuals under the age of 45 who have demonstrated exceptional service to the totality of B'nai B'rith and have worked to achieve the goals of the B'nai B'rith Young Leadership program. Frank Goldman, Denver, Colorado; Scott D. Knapp, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Jessica Kreger, Plantation, Florida; Roni Sarfati, Petah Tikvah, Israel and Tali Schwartz, New York City, were recognized for their leadership skills and dedication to the organization.

With a depth of expertise and knowledge, B'nai B'rith Subject Matter Experts held an interactive dialogue on some of B'nai B'rith's top advocacy efforts: fighting for global human rights; advocating for Israel; promoting tolerance, finding inter-religious commonalities; combating anti-Semitism and the odious BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions) movement; supporting seniors; and providing humanitarian aid around the world.

Credit text B'nai B'rith Media Relations
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Serge Dahan President of B'nai B'rith Europe supports the position of Bulgarian Lodge regarding the honors confered by Bulgarian Ministry of Defense to former member of pro-facist Union of Bulgarian National Legions

Statement from B'nai B'rith Bulgaria

Sofia Lodge "Carmel" B'nai B'rith 335 strongly objects to the decision of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense to confer honors on Dianko Markov former member of the pro-fascist Union of Bulgarian National Legions.
The officials at the ministry seem to have forgotten the obligations of our country as stipulated in Part II, Article 4 of the Paris Peace Treaty of 1947 which states: "Bulgaria, which in accordance with the Armistice Agreement has taken measure for dissolving all organizations of a Fascist type on Bulgarian territory, whether political, military or paramilitary, as well as other organizations conducting propaganda hostile to the United Nations, shall not permit in future the existence and activities of organizations of that nature which have as their aim denial to the people of their democratic rights.

"This act of official recognition bestowed on a member of the Union of Bulgarian National Legions is in complete violation of the aforementioned article. The awarded recognition institutionalizes the glorification of persons with proven past and present Nazi affiliations and adds the Republic of Bulgaria to the shameful list of countries where Nazism and Fascism are favored at government level.

We are grieved to admit that this conduct comes as no surprise for it was only a year ago when the Prime Minister Borisov ordered that Ivo Antonov, an outspoken supporter of Adolf Hitler, be dismissed, nevertheless, the latter is still holds his post as government official at the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense.

Sofia Lodge "Carmel" B'nai B'rith 335
one of the oldest Jewish organisations in Bulgaria

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