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Statement by IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker on Yom Kippur Terror Attack in Halle Germany

"Coming out of Yom Kippur, I was horrified and deeply saddened at the news of the terror attack in Halle Germany, where a gunman killed two people, as he sought to enter a Synagogue, as Jews were making Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year.   First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. May their memories be bles ...

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IJC Statement on Israel’s Decision to Ban Entry to Congresswomen Tlaib & Omar

STATEMENT OF THE ISRAELI-JEWISH CONGRESS (IJC) IJC Reaffirms Special Bond Between Israel and United States, However Fully Supports Israeli Government’s Decision to Ban Entry to Members of Congress Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar   17 August, 2019 The relationship between the State of Israel and the United States is sacrosanct, based on our deeply rooted shared values, strat ...

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IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker: ‘Fighting anti-Semitism by reinforcing Jewish pride’

"We are neither victims, nor powerless. We must not cower or acquiesce to the forces of darkness, nor ever hide who we are. Fighting anti-Semitism starts with taking pride in who we are and our Jewish identity." The Israeli-Jewish Congress President Vladimir Sloutsker writing in 'The Times of Israel' in wake of the German call for Jews not to wear the kippas in public. You can ...

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Statement by IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker on the shooting attack on San Diego Poway Synagogue:

"We are devastated and deeply saddened to hear the news of the shooting attack on the Chabad Synagogue in Poway California, which claimed the life of a 61 year old woman and left several others, including the Synagogue Rabbi and a child injured.   They were targeted for one reason and one reason only - they were Jews.   This act of pure evil was ma ...

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Statement by The Israeli Jewish Congress on New Zealand Shooting Attack

  "We are utterly shocked, devastated and horrified beyond words over the shooting attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a terrorist massacred 49 Muslim worshipers in two Mosques.   To target innocent people, including children, in a place of worship, is a perverse, utterly evil and senseless act of unbridled hate! We condemn it outright, unreservedly and without ...

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Statement by IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker on Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting

Today, the Jewish people grieve as one.   The horrific events that unfolded today at the ‘Tree of Life’ Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a shooter murdered 8 innocent people, as they were attending and celebrating Shabbat services, is truly barbaric and evil beyond words.   First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims families. May they be comf ...

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Statement by IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker on overnight rocket bombardment from Gaza

This weekend, as Israelis were marking the holy Sabbath, thousands of families across southern Israel had to spend the night and this morning in bomb shelters, after Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired a bombardment of rockets (over 30 so far) from Gaza.   The attacks are still ongoing, without any respite for the communities of the south.   A reminder, Islamic Jihad were ...

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IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky – ‘Advocating for Israel, from Israel: Reflections on ‘aliyah’

I’m a Jew, I’m a Zionist, and after 2,000 years of our people dreaming, fleeing persecution and saying year after year, “Next Year in Jerusalem,” I said, “Enough is enough! I’m coming home! Having been so deeply involved in the Diaspora as a pro-Israel activist, which I continue to do so professionally today, I truly believe in the principle of kol Yisrael arevim zeh l’zeh—that ...

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IJC Statement on Today’s Rocket Attack on Beer’sheva, Israel

Hi, how was your night?   At 04:00am, in Beer'sheva, south of Israel, as most families should have been safe asleep, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired a number of rockets at one of Israel's most populous cities.      One of these rockets directly hit and destroyed a home, where a mother and her three young children just narrowly escaped being ki ...

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Statement by IJC President Vladimir Sloutsker on Terror Attack in Barkan

The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) expresses our most profound sadness and shock at the heinous terror attack in the Barkan Industrial Zone in central Israel this week, that claimed the lives of two young Israelis - Kim Levengrad Yehezkal (28) and Ziv Hajbi (35). Yehezkel was a young mother to a baby boy. Hajbi was a father of three. Both worked at in the Barkan Industrial Zone, ...

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