DEIDRE BERGER ADDRESSES AJC-LA ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE

On Thursday, August 14, Deidre Berger, Director of AJC’s Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin, Germany, addressed via satellite a full room of AJC Los Angeles members at an AJC breakfast briefing.  The program opened with a compelling video created by AJC Berlin about the current status of anti-Semitic expressions in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The video can be accessed here. Deidre spoke about the leadership the German government has shown in responding to anti-Semitic outbursts, its increasingly activist foreign policy, and the difficulty of translating the positive expressions coming from the top to grass-roots levels. 

Deidre also discussed the German-Israeli relationship, which she characterized as the linchpin for Israel’s relationship with the whole of Europe. She also spoke about the rise of anti-Semitism within the Muslim community, and disturbingly from more than just the political extremes in Germany. Berger stated the importance of sharing AJC's message with German travelers to Los Angeles, assisting AJC’s work with German diplomats, and increasing financial support for the work of the Ramer Institute which would allow it to further its impact on the ground.

 

AJC: UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONDEMNS ISRAEL, ABSOLVES HAMAS

July 23, 2014 – New York – AJC is dismayed by the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council resolution that sharply criticizes Israel, while totally absolving Hamas of any role or responsibility in the current conflict.

The vote took place in Geneva today. The resolution was adopted with 29 nations voting in favor, the United States opposed, and 17 countries, primarily from Europe and Africa, abstaining.

“For anyone interested in knowing what’s wrong with the UN’s preeminent human rights watchdog, today’s vote is the perfect illustration,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

“Because of the ‘automatic majority,’ Israel can’t get a fair hearing,” Harris continued. “Instead, Israel is held responsible for a conflict solely triggered by Hamas. That Hamas is a terrorist group that fires hundreds, if not thousands, of deadly missiles into Israel, that it seeks Israel’s annihilation, and that it uses its civilian population as human shields are all deemed immaterial. Shame on the UN Human Rights Council! Bravo to the United States for standing up for principle and integrity.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

MARTHE HOFFNUNG COHN RECEIVES GERMANY'S HIGHEST HONOR

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY IN JEWISH JOURNAL

In the closing year of World War II, a young woman from the contested Alsace-Lorraine region between France and Germany was recruited by French intelligence to spy on Germany’s Wehrmacht. Marthe Hoffnung was very good at her new job. She spoke fluent German, was pretty, petite, blonde, blue-eyed — and Jewish. Last month, some 69 years later, the ex-spy, now Marthe Hoffnung Cohn, 94 and a Palos Verdes resident, was the center of attention during a ceremony at the German consulate in Los Angeles. There, German Consul General Bernd Fischer conferred his country’s highest honor, the Cross of the Order of Merit, on the former enemy spy.

In the closing year of World War II, a young woman from the contested Alsace-Lorraine region between France and Germany was recruited by French intelligence to spy on Germany’s Wehrmacht. Marthe Hoffnung was very good at her new job. She spoke fluent German, was pretty, petite, blonde, blue-eyed — and Jewish. Last month, some 69 years later, the ex-spy, now Marthe Hoffnung Cohn, 94 and a Palos Verdes resident, was the center of attention during a ceremony at the German consulate in Los Angeles. There, German Consul General Bernd Fischer conferred his country’s highest honor, the Cross of the Order of Merit, on the former enemy spy. 

Depending on one’s perspective, this unlikely scene represented either an exercise in historical irony or a sign of how profoundly German–Jewish ties have changed since the end of the Holocaust.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

 

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