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NEWS of B'nai B'rith

(Washington, D.C., August 3, 2012)

B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:

August 4 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. As Sweden’s envoy in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II, Wallenberg issued passports and sheltered Jews in Swedish-controlled buildings, effectively saving tens of thousands from extermination by the Nazis.

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(Washington, D.C., July 19, 2012)

B’nai B’rith International laments the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision not to hold an official minute of silence at the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games to remember the 11 Israeli athletes, coaches and referees murdered at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

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(Washington, D.C., July 12, 2012)

B'nai B'rith International is  dismayed by the decision made by the United Nations Educational,  Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to establish a UNESCO  chair of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the Islamic  University of Gaza-an institution inextricably linked with the terrorist organization Hamas.

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B'nai B'rith has issued the following statement:

B'nai B'rith International condemns in the strongest terms possible the July 18 terrorist attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. 

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The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, completed a two-day visit to the State of Israel last week. B’nai Brith Director of European Union Affairs Nuno Wahnon Martins joined Barroso in Israel for the visit.

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By Francois Moyse

Luxembourg, 25 June 2012

The European Council of Jewish Communities, supported by the Joint Distribution Committee, organized the meeting, which was open to presidents of Jewish Communities and of Jewish organizations.

The goal was an exchange of experience and expertise of leaders of Jewish Communities in Europe and an attempt to foster the ties between them, with the aim of drawing a vision for the future of Europe's Jews.

I had been invited in my capacity as president of AEPJ (EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION AND APPRECIATION OF JEWISH CULTURE AND HERITAGE). Additionally, the president of B’nai B’rith Europe, Ralph Hofmann, had asked me to represent him.

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