24 May 2019 - 20 Iyyar 5779 - כ' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Lauder re-elected as World Jewish Congress president E-mail
Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder was re-elected for a third term as World Jewish Congress president at the WJC’s 15th Plenary Assembly in New York in April.

In his address to the more than 600 delegates from 90 countries, Lauder said: “I have done many things in my life, but there is no accomplishment, no title, no honour that I am more proud of than being president of the World Jewish Congress… we are one people, and we take care of each other.”

Lauder spoke to the delegates about the challenges facing the Jewish world, including the anti-Semitic nature inherent in the delegitimisation and demonisation of the State of Israel. A recent poll conducted by WJC in major Jewish communities around the world found that “the number-one concern for Jews today was the increase in anti-Semitism… and the rise of radical Islam,” Lauder said.

He added: “Today, there is a new form of anti-Semitism. Now, anti-Semites focus their hatred of Jews on the world’s only Jewish state. You can disagree with Israel’s policies, but when you talk about and seek the elimination of Israel, then you are an anti-Semite. So, when you hear someone say that they are not anti-Semitic, only anti- Israel, stand up and tell them that is a lie. It’s a lie because when you lie about Israel’s present and past, and when you actively seek its destruction, guess what? That doesn’t make you an anti-Zionist, it makes you an anti-Semite.”
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