World Jewish Congress

WJC president ‘sought to buy election result’

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder has been asked to stand aside by the organisation’s vice-president in the wake of accusations that he offered a large sum of money to influence an Austrian community leadership election in November.


WJC Secretary General resigns

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

World Jewish Congress Secretary General Dan Diker has announced that he will leave the organisation in January 2013.

The former WJC adviser on Middle East policy cited “administrative reasons” for his departure.


Austrian community says Ron Lauder “unwelcome”

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

The Austrian Jewish community has declared World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder an “unwelcome person” for allegedly interfering in their affairs, according to a report in Haaretz.


Jewish leader: We can't afford delay on peace process

By Josh Jackman, June 14, 2012

The World Jewish Congress president has published an open letter calling on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to re-open peace talks with Israel as a matter of urgency.


Irish Israel boycott proposal 'cynical and hypocritical'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 22, 2012

Jewish leaders have criticised the Irish foreign minister for a "cynical" call to boycott some Israeli goods.

Eamon Gilmore said that he might push the European Union to block goods produced in the West Bank, in order to pressure the Israeli government into making policy changes.


Work of gifted Jewish activist Steinberg celebrated

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2012

The former executive director of the World Jewish Congress has been described as "one of the great Jewish activists of the past decades" following his death at just 59-years-old.

Elan Steinberg had been battling cancer when he died earlier this month.

Ronald Lauder, the WJC president, said his premature death would leave a huge void in the Jewish world.


New Euro Jewish Union struggles to be accepted

By Toby Axelrod, March 1, 2012

The fledgling European Jewish Union, already facing criticism over its establishment of a new European Jewish parliament, has been snubbed by the World Jewish Congress.

Last week, WJC president Ronald Lauder wrote to elected representatives of Jewish communities across Europe emphasising the WJC's support for its better-established affiliate group the European Jewish Congress as "the only true


Praise as compromise nears for Dutch kosher meat slaughter ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2011

Rabbis and Jewish groups have welcomed the emergence of a deal to block a proposed ban on kosher and halal meat slaughter in the Netherlands.


Gilad Shalit release 'wonderful' for Jewish world

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Israel and the international community have been sharing their reactions to the release of Gilad Shalit after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas.

Sergeant Shalit has been taken across the border to Israel and is undergoing a medical check-up. He will soon be reunited with his family, who have dedicated the last five years to securing his freedom.


Noach Flug, champion of Holocaust survivors mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of other survivors is today being remembered as "a towering figure".

Noach Flug, who died today in Jerusalem at the age of 86, was deported from the Lodz ghetto in Poland as a teenager. He was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, then to a succession of camps before he hi was liberated by US soldiers in 1945.