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World Jewish Congress meeting in Paris


The World Jewish Congress (WJC) held its biannaul board of directors meeting in Paris on March 31, 2014.

The Council consists of 49 members, plus the representative of the United States, Ambassador Ira Forman, in charge of the fight against anti-Semitism. It includes two French members, Roger Cukierman (CRIF president and vice-president of the World Jewish Congress) and David de Rothschild (President of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah and Board member of the World Jewish Congress).

In addition to its members, the Board heard a statement by French economist Jacques Attali.

The Council passed several motions:
- Support for Manuel Valls, the new French Prime Minister, for his action against the anti-Zionist comedian Dieudonné.
- Fight against anti-Semitism. In particular, approving the British sanctions against the footballer Nicolas Anelka (a friend of Dieudonné), urging the Australian government not to reform the Racial Discrimination Act, and supporting the Greek authorities in their fight against the Golden Dawn party.
- Situation in Ukraine. The Council called on governments not to exaggerate the situation of Jews in the country and not to use it to challenge the legitimacy of the new government.
- Israel and the peace process. Denunciation of the alleged apartheid character of the state of Israel and the BDS boycott campaign. Call for the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State.
- Argentina-Iran Protocol. Call for the repeal of the Memorandum of Understanding on the investigation into the 1994 bombings in Buenos Aires.
- Hungary. Condemnation of the celebration by the Hungarian authorities of Miklós Horthy, regent of the Kingdom of Hungary during the years between World Wars I and II, and support for the Jewish community in Hungary for their boycott of the Holocaust memorial events.

Finally, the Council adopted the Robin Shepherd report on the evolution of neo-Nazi groups in Europe.

It is to be noted that the World Jewish Congress does not defend Jews, but the interests of the State of Israel. Similarly, it does not oppose Nazis in general, but only those who threaten Israeli interests.

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