B'nai B'rith World Center hosted the German women's soccer team FFC Potsdam Turbine, in January 2015, to play a friendly with the Israeli women's team in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany.
During its visit, the team toured Israel and trained at the Israel Football Association complex, at the Maale Adumim and at a gymnasium in Jerusalem.
A multinational delegation of B’nai B’rith leaders met privately with Pope Francis on June 25 at the Vatican, the first international Jewish audience with the pope since the Vatican announced an agreement on church issues with “the State of Palestine” and the pope separately acknowledged non-recognition of Israel as amounting to anti-Semitism.
The meeting came during the 50th anniversary year of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council document that helped to transform Catholic-Jewish relations.
B’nai B’rith International is not surprised by the U.N. Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) decision to formally "welcome" a biased report on Israel’s defensive operations against Hamas in Gaza during the summer of 2014.
In light of the UNHRC’s extensive track record of rote, anti-Israel attacks, this vote was entirely predictable.
The commission of inquiry found Israel guilty in advance and could not bring itself to use the words “Hamas” or “Islamic Jihad” even once. It could not reasonably be expected that the commission would meaningfully investigate and report on the hostilities.
“This Human Rights Council report implies a patently false equivalence between Hamas and Israel,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “It’s a ridiculous claim, as Israel surpasses virtually all other countries in the precautions, restraint and self-scrutiny it demonstrates in counterterrorism operations.”
B'nai B'rith World Center hosted the German women's soccer team FFC Potsdam Turbine, which played a friendly with the Israeli women's team in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany.
Dr. Mark Wertheim discusses the importance of the game and what he hopes will be accomplished by the visit.
B’nai B’rith International welcomes the decision by the Episcopal Church in the United States not to align with a campaign to single out Israelis and companies doing business with Israel for punitive measures.
On July 2, the church's House of Bishops overwhelmingly voted down a resolution promoting anti-Israel divestment and boycotts at the church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City.
As UNRWA turns 65, there appears to be little will in the Arab world, especially in the Palestinian leadership, to address the root cause of the conflict: the inability to accept Zionism—the right of the Jewish people to sovereignty and self-determination in their homeland.
As such, UNRWA will continue into the future to serve the ever-growing Palestinian refugee population on the dime of Western taxpayers.
Donor countries must call for UNRWA reform so that the agency adheres strictly to its humanitarian mission and the refugee population is prepared for reality when a two-state solution is reached.