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November 13, 2014 8:45 pm

World Jewish Congress Chief Ronald Lauder: Recent Anti-Israel Riots ‘Looked More Like 1936 Than 2014’

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From left: WJC President Ronald Lauder, Barbara Walters and Henry Kissinger. Photo: WJC.

World Jewish Congress (WJC) president Ronald Lauder compared anti-Israel protests during the summer to an era when Adolf Hitler ruled Germany and the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws were enforced in the country.

“This past summer looked more like 1936 than 2014,” Lauder said before a crowd of 500 at the WJC  annual gala on Tuesday evening in New York. “You all saw the pictures, the huge anti-Israel demonstrations throughout the Middle East and Europe that quickly turned into the lowest form of anti-Jewish riots.”

The most notorious of the riots took place in France, Germany and Turkey where calls for the murder of Jews were heard in the streets while Israel conducted a military operation in Gaza aimed at stemming incessant rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

About the work of the WJC, Lauder explained, “We travel the world, meeting presidents, prime ministers and kings, on behalf of the Jewish people. We make it very clear that any anti-Semitic behavior within their borders is unacceptable, is intolerable and will not go unchallenged. If you think 1936, was a long time ago, think again.”

Lauder added: “If you want to know why we need a World Jewish Congress today, just read the headlines. The irrational hatred of Jews has returned along with the growing ignorance and intolerance that fuels it.”

The gala dinner was attended by former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger, who received the group’s Theodor Herzl Award and strongly endorsed the U.S.-Israel relationship. Other attendees at the black-tie event included Barbara Walters, who presented the honor, Ralph Lauren and Google’s Eric Schmidt.

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  • American

    The real holocaust is what Israel is doing to the Palestinians.

  • Hear O Israel…
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous, Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go….
    Joshua 1;9

    It may not seem or feel like it, but Adonai is with you..

  • Reuven

    I haven’t forgotten Kissinger’s remark, when he opposed resupplying the IDF during the Yom Kippur War. He said: “Let them (the Israelis) bleed.” Fortunately, President Nixon overruled him. Kissinger deserves no honors from the World Jewish Congress!

    • American

      Israel deserves to go the way of the Dodo. Soon, I hope.

  • its funny but permanence and commitment often take different pathways – Ronald Lauder is chief of the WJC – he is donating his art collection to the Met Museum of Art in NY and yet I would have thought that a demonstration of his commitment – in his case especially, would have been to donate art to Israel’s museums – perhaps to endow a new gallery to be filled with his works of art – what better way to demonstrate faith in the permanence of the Jewish state?

  • Joseph Rosen

    Ronald Lauder added:
    “If you want to know why we need a World Jewish Congress today, just read the headlines.
    The IRRATIONAL HATRED of Jews has returned along with the growing ignorance and intolerance that fuels it.”

    And I say about IRRATIONAL HATRED:
    Ms. Frederica Mogherini, whose Roman “ancestor” Titus [in the year 70 AD] destroyed the whole of Jerusalem, the Capital of the Jewish People.
    Today, Ms. Mogherini WANTS ONLY a HALF of Jerusalem for the Sunni Palestinians, the BROTHERS of the Sunnis from the Islamic State [those with the “Black Flag”…!]

    But if the ‘militants’ with the black flag come into the Old City, it is difficult to believe that Ms. Morgherini and millions of others will be able to visit the Christian Holy Sites.
    And what will happen then?
    Hallelujah! Hallelujaaah…!

  • Good day. We are praying for Israel every day. Your land has been decreed through the patriarch Abraham and “Eretz Yisrael” is your sovereign inheritance.

    We are with you and spirit and renounce the attack of each and every usurper who dares to deny this truth

    Praise be to the God of Israel and may He protect your people and your borders until He fulfills His Word and His promises over His chosen people.

    God bless you all

    Pastor Stuart

    • Baht Harim

      May he protect us (only) until he fulfills his word and his promises? In other words, until Jesus comes back. At that time, I suppose, we’ll all go to hell, right? Puhleeze. With friends like you, we don’t need enemies.

      • victoria brandeis


  • Fred

    There a slow awakening to the fact that the anti Jewish riots and movements in Europe, US & elsewhere are but a continue of the Hitlerite period. Nothing has changed but that the Governments have abrogated their rights to defend its Jewish citizen allowing lawless mobs to roam at will. Instead of the NAZI ‘s we have the aggressive Muslim migrant “victims “who have the same ideology as that of the NAZI but also the same venom, yet, the Governments seem to have caved in.

  • maria kozlowski

    People in Europe and elsewhere are just simply opposing to the cruelty that Israelis are doing to the Palestinians! Mr Lauder & co are simply ignoring this.

    • Baht Harim

      Then why were they calling for the death of Jews?

    • Allen Suss

      What cruelty?
      Perhaps your geography is up the creek and you are are in the wrong country. Do you mean the killings and murder as well as cruelty of Moslems against other Moslems and other groups in Iraq, Syria,and Egypt.

  • Tess

    That is why we need the land of Israel as a jewish state.
    That is why we cannot entrust our survival to any nation or take ill advice from our “friends”

    • Robert

      After watching an Israeli bloodthirsty crowd gleefully chanting “no schools” “no children” as Israel massacred over 400,children I don’t think Israel nor its sick Israelis deserve to exist.