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Op-ed by Ruben Vis: The practical importance of freedom of religion for the Jewish community

"The state has a duty to safeguard harmony and tolerance between religion and secularism, and not to take secularism as the benchmark. After all, the state is not necessarily meant to be secular. The state is neutral," writes Ruben Vis, Secretary General of the Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands (NIK).

American Jewish poet Louise Glück wins Nobel literature prize

The 2020 Nobel Literature Prize went to American Jewish poet Louise Glück,, the jury at the Swedish Academy said.

US government shuts down 92 Iranian-run ‘fake news’ websites

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has shut down 92 websites being surreptitiously controlled by the Iranian government to spread false information and fake news.

Note in child’s shoe at Auschwitz leads to discovery of father’s suitcase

A note found in a child’s shoe at the Auschwitz museum this summer has led researchers to a suitcase that likely belonged to the child’s father.

Beirut’s last synagogue at risk after severe damages following port blast

Beirut’s last remaining synagogue is desperately in need of more than $500,000 in funding to help repair the damage inflicted by the recent blast at the port, which caused devastation across the city.

UAE, Israel FMs Pay Historic Visit to German Holocaust Memorial

The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Germany visited Berlin’s Holocaust memorial during their summit in the German capital, held on the heels of the recently signed Abraham Accords.

Council of Europe appoints Special Representative on Antisemitism and Anti-Muslim Hatred

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić has appointed the Council of Europe’s Director of Communications Daniel Höltgen to the new position of Special Representative on Antisemitic and Anti-Muslim Hatred and Hate Crimes.

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EJC President Kantor applauds overdue decision by Facebook to ban Holocaust denial

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has welcomed the decision by Facebook to ban Holocaust denial or distortion, and to better inform the public about the Holocaust.

EJC President Kantor welcomes the branding of Golden Dawn as a criminal organization

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has welcomed the landmark decision by a Greek court to brand the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn a criminal organization and declared that senior members of the party were guilty of running a criminal organization.

EJC condemns attack on Hamburg synagogue

The European Jewish Congress strongly condemns an antisemitic attack that wounded one outside a synagogue in Hamburg.