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NEWS - Lodges and B'nai B'rith updates

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B'nai B'rith is greatly disturbed by Amnesty International's latest attempt to slander Israel with the release of its report, "Trigger Happy."


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Due to the efforts and diligence of the leadership of B'nai B'rith in Kiev and Lviv our humanitarian aid programme in Ukraine continues without interruption. Our thanks go out to our Sisters and Brothers in Kiev and Lviv.
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It is a great honor for our organization to award Dr. Mathias Doepfner with the BBE Award of Merit. The gala will take place in the framework of the BBE Convention in June 2014.

The gala itself will take place on 10 June 2014

Dr. Doepfner is a great supporter of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
He says about himself in an interview in the German magazine „Der Spiegel“ of 19 June 2006:

"I'm a non-Jewish Zionist. Israel is a country whose existence must be secured." He further says: "For me, freedom is the most important prerequisite for a humane society. My politicization is characterized by the Holocaust as a negative starting point. The shock of my childhood was the images and tales from this incomparable crime. The most important consequence of this was for me is the freedom of thought, freedom of the individual and to secure freedom of action."


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B'nai B'rith is appalled to learn Denmark has banned religious, ritual slaughter practiced in both Jewish and Muslim communities. The Danish agriculture and food minister handed down the decision, saying animal rights supersede those of religious freedom.

This ban is profoundly concerning, as it restricts the religious freedoms of both the Jewish and Muslim communities. Additionally, kosher slaughter is in no way a violation of animal rights and is a humane practice, more so than other methods.

B'nai B'rith remains worried that as Denmark and a few other European countries have adopted bans on religious slaughter, a vital right and need of Europe's Jewish minority is being eroded, along with the freedoms that other religious denominations enjoy.

We urge all European leaders, governments and societies to decisively reject a path of government coercion and imposition in religious life.
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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:


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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."

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