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November 9, 2012 5:12 pm

Moshe Kantor, Leader of European Jewish Congress Reelected

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rench Jewish umbrella organization leader Richard Prasquier lost to Dr. Moshe Kantor for the post of European Jewish Congress president. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The European Jewish Congress reelected Dr. Moshe Kantor for a new four-year term as its president Wednesday, Nov. 7. Kantor, 59, received 73 percent of the votes over his challenger, Richard Prasquier, the president of the French Jewish community umbrella organization, Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF). The European Jewish Congress manages all the elected official leaders of the Jewish communities in more than 40 European countries.

“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved over the last few years. The voice of European Jewry is clearly visible in a united Europe, whose political weight is felt throughout the world,” Kantor said after the vote, according to Haaretz. “We cannot rest on our laurels, there are many challenges for the Jewish communities of Europe to face in the coming years. Anti-Semitism is growing from both extremes, our traditions are under assault and Israel is constantly under threat of delegitimization.”

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