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B'nai B'rith concluded its annual leadership delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where top staff and volunteer leaders advocated on important human rights issues and challenged the body's relentless bias against Israel.

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On Monday 30th January, students heard a testimony from Holocaust survivor, Ernest Simon, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).

Ernest was born in May 1930 in Eisenstadt, Austria. Following the Anschluss in March 1938, Ernest and his family moved from Eisenstadt to Vienna, where they settled in a small flat in the Jewish quarter. As soon as they moved, Ernest's father began making desperate efforts for the family to leave the country.

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On 7 December 2016, Ms. Valerie Achache, BBE vice-president, and BBE Director, Anouk Abrahams attended the symbolic EuroChanuka (since Chanuka’s real date was overlapping with end of year holidays) organised at the European Commission by the European Jewish Community Centre under the high patronage of Ms Commissioner Vera Jourova (DG Justice and consumers) who named Ms Katarina Von Schnurbein, coordinator for fighting Antisemitism. in October 2015.

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B'nai B'rith strongly commends German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party for passing a resolution opposing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS only furthers Palestinian attempts to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state, in turn harming the peace process by discouraging direct negotiations between the parties.

The CDU, in a statement, said: "Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism...The CDU will decisively oppose every hostile action that Israel faces."

We applaud the CDU's forceful rejection of an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel movement that seeks to destabilize the Jewish state's economy and ultimately end Israel's existence. We further welcome the potent symbolism of such a message from Germany's governing party. B'nai B'rith hopes that the CDU's exemplary action will prompt other political actors throughout Europe to condemn BDS and denounce anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred.
On Sunday 3rd July, on the occasion of a reunion of the BBE Executive Committee and a visit from BBI executive, BBE unveiled a plaque for our late and beloved President Erika Van Gelder.

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David and Sarah Van Gelder, Erika's family, attended too.

Daniel Citone, BBE president, Garry Saltzman, BBI President, and Dan Mariaschin made moving speeches  followed by another inspiring speech by David Van Gelder. 


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We mourn the passing of Elie Wiesel, whose writing gave voice to the millions who perished in the Shoah, and to the millions of Soviet Jews seeking freedom to emigrate. Eminent thinker and author, his books and lectures taught us with power and grace, but served also, in our own times, to teach us the lessons of history's darkest moments.


His passing leaves the world bereft of a profound moral conscience. 

Source: B'nai B'rith International.








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