B'nai B'rith International was featured on JBS (formerly Shalom TV), denouncing United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for ignoring violent extremism as “root cause” of Palestinian-Israeli hostilities.
The comments were made while speaking at the Cairo conference on reconstruction in Gaza on Oct. 12, where Ki-moon unfairly asserted, "we must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”
Hear B'nai B'rith's response in the video below (3:36 mark):
On Sunday, Oct. 12, leaders of religions and communities in Uruguay gathered in Montevideo Cathedral to share a common message of peace and coexistence.
The keynote speaker was Montevideo Archbishop Daniel Sturla, leader of the Catholic Church in Uruguay, who said:
"Religious communities coexist in Uruguay, in harmony and mutual respect, and we all are building the country of today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, we can always find in some human hearts the will of discrimination and intolerance, to pay no respect to others. It is our duty to face these evils and overcome them building peace."
B'nai B'rith attended the event and was represented by Pres. Morris Segal, Chair of Interfaith Commission Ana Wilenski, Chair of Culture Commission Perla Lapchik and International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn.
B'nai B'rith celebrated its 171st birthday on Oct. 13, reviewing its first 17 decades at the forefront of Jewish advocacy in the United States and around the world.
Here is an infographic detailing the major achievements in the organization's history:
B'nai B'rith International was featured on JBS (formerly Shalom TV), announcing the recognition of Berta Davidovitz Rubinsztejn and Gyorgy (Yitzhak) Gyuri with the Jewish Rescuers Citation.
The pair posed as Gentiles during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, rescuing Jewish children orphaned by the Holocaust and securing their escape to neutral Switzerland.
The honors will be presented by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescued Fellow Jews During the Holocaust (JRJ).
The story begins at the 4:44 mark in the video:
The arrival of Elie and Marion Wiesel was greeted with explosive applause by the German consular staff. Wiesel was led to the podium next to a window overlooking a breathtaking sunlit view of Manhattan with St. Patrick’s Cathedral nearby.
Touting the presentation of the medal as “a humble gesture of my country showing gratitude for your lifetime achievements and relentless efforts to keep the memory alive of the worst crime in all of history—the Shoah– against the Jewish people,” minister Steinmeier declared: “With this order of Merit we want to honor the writer, the philanthropist, historian, professor, the outstanding Mentsch that you are!” During the presentation Marion Wiesel never took her eyes off Elie.
“Thank you for your words of kindness,” responded a contemplative Wiesel. “To receive a medal of recognition from Germany is not a normal thing in my life,” he said softly.
“The past is here. The past is not absent from the present. We remember things that happened two thousand years ago as if they happened yesterday. Every day in our prayers we remember the good, we remember the bad. The choice, is always ours — ultimately.”
Anti-Semitic graffiti and rhetoric has proliferated in Uruguay since the start of the most recent Gaza conflict, inspired in part by rhetoric from the nation's president and foreign minister.
B'nai B'rith International condemned President José Mujica's anti-Semitic remarks, who responded by suggesting that his administration, which employs three Jewish ministers, could therefore not be anti-Semitic.
More constructive progress was made with foreign minister Luis Almagro, who met with B'nai B'rith to clarify his comments.
The meeting was covered in Iton Gadol and in Subrayado, excerpts of which can be found below (Spanish):