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Billionaire Ronald Lauder Urges Congress to Fight “Surge Of Anti-Semitism”

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BILLIONAIRE RONALD LAUDER, a fierce Jewish affairs advocate, urged Congress on Tuesday to take a stronger lead in combating what he described as a surge in anti-Semitism across Europe. (ILLUSTRATION: Vice President Joe Biden (center) met with World Jewish Congress President, billionaire Ronald Lauder (right) and WJC CEO Robert Singer (left) on Tuesday.)

Lauder, who is the World Jewish Congress’ president, testified before a House of Representatives subcommittee and highlighted a growing number of attacks targeting Jews in Europe. Lauder called the trend “reminiscent of a darker time that we thought we had behind us” as he cited the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark that shocked the international community.

“European leaders have stepped up and strongly condemned these attacks on Jews and the rise of anti-Semitism. The United States must do the same. The United States must lead,” he said. Lauder criticized the government for not having a U.S. representative walk in front during the Paris march where 1 million people, including leaders from across Europe, protested the attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in January.

During the hearing, eight representatives launched a Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism. Lauder’s testimony pointed to Jews making up less than 1% of population in France, though they were victims of more than half of all racist attacks in that country last year. He also said anti-Semitic attacks doubled from the year before in France, Great Britain and Austria. “You don’t have to be a mathematician to see an obvious trend here,” he said.

Lauder is worth an estimated $3.9 billion — largely from his stake in the cosmetics conglomerate his mother Estee founded — but he has focused much of his career on diplomacy and politics. President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1986 to 1987  — a time he has said shaped him due to experiencing instances of anti-Semitism. Before that, he served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for European & NATO affairs from 1983 to 1986.

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Billionaire Ronald Lauder, who is the World Jewish Congress president, testified on Tuesday in a House of Representatives subcommittee on rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

He cited four reasons for the recent wave of anti-Semitism across Europe: A minority of Muslim immigrants adopting radical Islamic values, the rise of small Neo-Nazi extremist groups, “an educated, elitist class” having “a pathological hatred of Israel,” and social media aiding the spread of propaganda.

“There are thousands of young European Muslims that have left to fight with Islamic radicals in Iraq and Syria, and there is a real fear that they could return, bringing the bloodshed with them. Some have already returned and we have seen the consequences,” he said.

Lauder, who represents Jewish communities across 100 countries, pointed to meeting with Jewish leaders in Rome last fall. He said they told him that their children and grandchildren will “definitely” immigrate to more welcoming countries, and that they estimated the Jewish community in Italy’s capital would disappear in 25 years.

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Source: Forbes

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  1. Heinemann
    28 March, 2015 at 11:54 am — Reply

    more plaintive solicitation that gives annoying evidence for the old Polish aphorism :” when the Jew beats us you can only hear their screams.”

    This appeal by President of World Jewish Congress who doesn’t ask for much , recalls the unhappy story of the old patriarch Israel … when he wandered into Egypt with his wives and concubines and family and money and great wealth like a humble mendicant

    who introduces himself before the Egyptian king, whom his cunning son, Joseph had already relegated to a subordinate with his unhappy story of perennial strife and suffering about his life long trouble and sorrows. Head down as if detached giving his own sumptuous eulogy prematurely.

    It would be later amplified with the ruminating Solomon’s rueful platitudes . O’ how he suffered from wealth, his women and even his renowned wisdom but the power of a king could not refuse his desire for more.

    That he could think but not be, he could see but not far enough. After all he had devoured and possessed was denied surcease.

    Poor Solomon , a paradox of absolute power but the wisdom to see his weakness , the insatiable cupidity, but not the will to refuse it . O’ the vanity.

    Your appetence for gold but you are above petit jealousy, who will forever be known for your supreme wisdom but have no thought for those who suffer from your onerous taxes. O Solomon thou hypocrite!

    This unique greed these children of Israel still have ; and the true made in heaven marriage to materialism and success lets them smile profoundly in an mundane paradise. Others are supposed to smile also.

    What do the wealthy and famous want beside more of the same? They want something they cannot purchase, expropriate or steal but which their insatiable greed will not refuse them . Pity!

    What do they ask of others? To have compassion for their unique isolation, loneliness and alienation, the endless persecution and resentment, and for the envious multitudes to repent and adore them but never ask why?

    Now they demand of one of their law making janissaries to forbid all unkind thought or anything associated with them negatively and compel compliance… just the suspension of all natural laws .

    And they’ll get it. And plenty more money for their suffering.

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