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Speech given by President François Hollande

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French President François Hollande, center, arrives at the Jewish memorial prior to ceremonies to mark the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Vel d'Hiv roundup, Paris, July 22, 2012


(FRANCE 24 - 20 AUGUST 2012)

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Participants carry Polish, German and Israeli flags as they take part in the "March of the Living" to commemorate victims of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, in Oswiecim. Grandchildren of Nazis along with Holocaust survivors and their descendants were among hundreds who began a week-long march across Poland Monday by way of former Nazi death camps.


The Circle for Hellas & Israel and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, in cooperation with several organizations, are organizing a Holocaust Memorial in remembrance of victims from Greece, on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 2 p.m., at the museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, Illinois.


(Washington, D.C., Aug. 15, 2012)

B’nai B’rith International has sent a letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Timothy Cook asking for the anti-Semitic app "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" to be removed from Apple's iTunes App Store.

In the letter B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin write: "‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ a proven forgery, purports to show a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. This anti-Semitic tract has been used over the past century to incite violence against Jews.”

Apple is known for its stringent guidelines applications must meet before being approved for sale in the App Store. Apps deemed defamatory, offensive or likely to expose a targeted group to violence are normally rejected by Apple. We are appalled “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” made it through the review process, as this text is often used by Neo-Nazis and anti-Semitic Arab groups to drum up hatred toward Jews.

The letter also notes: “The distribution of ‘The Protocols’ in Arabic is meant to instill blind hatred of Jews in a part of the world were anti-Israel animus is already all-too-common. Technology can be used as a tool to better the world, but it also has the power to spread hate quickly and more widely.”

The publishing of this app condones the spreading of hateful actions that B’nai B’rith works to prevent.

By Claude Bloch and François Moyse
1. 2011 Jewish Heritage Day Report

Our targets were exceeded and the newspaper BBNews gave you specific numbers of attendance for each country. The joy of participation is still very high and governments are on our side.


By John Reeves, Chair of the Young Adult Commission
Since earlier this year the Commission has been heavily engaged with the organisation of the 6th BBE Young Jewish Adult Forum which will be held from 16th-18th November 2012 in London and hosted by B'nai B'rith United Kingdom.


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