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EJC meets with Czech leaders - Prague - 10 January  2013
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EJC meets with Czech leaders - Prague - 10 January 2013

The EJC President Pierre Besnainou and Secretary General Serge Cwajgenbaum met with Czech leaders this week, including President Vaclav Klaus, to discuss a wide range of issues including bilateral relations between the Czech Republic and the revitalization of Jewish life in the Czech Republic.

President Vaclav Klaus received EJC leaders on Wednesday at the presidential palace for a warm encounter during which Pierre Besnainou praised the Czech Republic's harmonious ties with Israel.

“If all European countries were, as the Czech Republic is, such good friends of Israel and so peaceful for Jews, the EJC would be out of work,” EJC President told Vaclav Klaus during their meeting.

The situation of Jewish heritage sites in the Czech Republic was discussed in a meeting between EJC leaders and the deputy culture minister Katerina Kalispova, who called Prague “a pearl of Jewish culture,” with its prominent and abundant Jewish treasures.

She described the attention and support the Czech government gives to the Jewish museums in Prague and to the Holocaust Memorial in Terezin. Since the fall of communism, Czech governments have also provided schools throughout the country with full Holocaust education programs, according to the minister.

In a meeting with Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and European Affairs minister Alexander Vondra Mahmoud, the EJC discussed the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Shoah and his call to “wipe Israel off the map.” This issue was also brought up in the meeting with President Klaus.

Finally, the EJC President and Secretary General met on Tuesday with leaders of the Czech Jewish community, with whom the EJC maintains warm and close working relations.

Thursday, January 10, 2013
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