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NEWS - Lodges and B'nai B'rith updates

By Erika Van Gelder, BBE Senior Vice President
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
I am sure that you are all aware of the fact that our brother, friend and mentor, Ralph Weill S'L, has passed away. We will all miss his wisdom, his guidance and his dedication. Br. Weill set up for BBE the cultural program "Makor" through which he hoped to strengthen Jewish identity in Central and Eastern Europe.

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The following news item appeared on 8th August 2012 on Ynet
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Ismail Hanniya, leader of the Hamas terrorist organisation, makes use of every opportunity to attack Israel. Recent media reports indicate that Israeli doctors saved the life of his brother-in-law.

The Internet organisation Ynet reports that some four months ago a sister of Hanniya’s accompanied her husband to Israel. He was suffering from an acute heart condition which could not be treated in the Gaza strip.

The couple had applied for and obtained permission to enter Israel for medical treatment. Hanniya’s brother in law then went through an emergency operation in Petach Tikvah. About one week later they returned to the Gaza strip.

Hamas does not recognise Israel’s right to exist. Just last Monday Ismail Hanniya accused Israel of involvement in the Islamist terrorist attack in Sinai.

(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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"Even in a life as full as Fred’s it is hard to fully comprehend the breadth of his volunteer and philanthropic activities”

B'nai B'rith World Center Chairman Haim V. Katz and Director Alan Schneider expressed profound grief at the passing of Fred Simon Worms, OBE, Founding Chairman of the B'nai B'rith World Center International Board of Trustees, in Jerusalem at the age of 91. Fred Worms was an exceedingly dedicated and generous supporter of the World Center for nearly 25 years.

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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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