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From Slovenia: EJC Delegation Meets with Slovenian Chair of EU Presidency
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From Slovenia: EJC Delegation Meets with Slovenian Chair of EU Presidency

A delegation from the European Jewish Congress (EJC) held high-level discussions with the current head of the European Union Presidency in Ljubljana to encourage European responses to the Iranian nuclear threat, combat xenophobia and anti-Semitism and promote closer political and diplomatic relations with Israel.

Led by EJC President Moshe Kantor, the EJC delegation met with Janez Janša, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia; Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Slovenia; France Cukjati, President of National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia; and Mr. Milan Kucan, first President of the Republic of Slovenia, members of the local Jewish community and other notable figures in Slovenia.

The EJC Executive, chaired by president Moshe Kantor, met in Ljubljana to review the current issues on the agenda of the EJC. The EJC delegation was composed of the following Vice Presidents: Rabbi Yaakov Bleich (Ukraine), Alfred Donath(Switzerland) and Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt (Russia). EJC Chairman of the Council Flo Kaufmann (UK), EJC Treasurer Ruben Vis (Netherlands), executive member Tomas Kraus (Czech) and EJC Secretary General Serge Cwajgenbaum (France) took part in the Spring meeting of the Executive. Also, the Portugese and Slovenian communities were represented by President of the Jewish Community of Lisboa José Carp and President of the Slovenian Jewish Community Andrej Kozar Beck.


These meetings were part of an ongoing initiative by the EJC and President Kantor to coordinate an organized effort regarding the Iranian nuclear threat. He has recently met with many EU national leaders including Germany's Chancellor Merkel, Greece's President Papoulias and PM Karamanlis and EU leadership, including the European Commission President Barroso and European Parliament President Pottering, as well as with Russia's President Putin.

The EJC delegation also emphasized the need for certain educational efforts to inform the younger generations about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism as means to confront the rise of extreme right. Likewise, they will lobby to support specific legislation within the EU to enact and enforce laws specifically confronting crimes motivated by hate.

EJC President Kantor remarked that "If Iran, the center of world terror today, goes nuclear, threats of terrorist attacks in Europe will make peaceful life here unthinkable. We call on the EU to speed implementation of sanctions against business interests cooperating with Iran's nuclear program, as this is a situation which we view as only encouraging Iranian disregard of international pressure to cease its nuclear program. A nuclear Iran will accelerate the race for nuclear weapons among its neighbors and further destabilize world peace."

Kantor continued: "The EJC applauds the Government of Slovenia for welcoming us on this historic mission and we look forward to working together on issues of mutual concern. We are firm in our belief that we must remember the past to secure our future. Therefore, we are leading initiatives such as the Council of Tolerance calling for increased vigilance against the specters of racism, hate crimes and anti-Semitism in Europe and marking the anniversaries of important historic events in Europe such as Kristallnacht, that we are planning to convene in November 2008. Forgetting our past forfeits our future - and our future is the thing we strongly believe in."





Please find below a summary of the media coverage for the EJC mission to Slovenia:



[{ AP }->http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gVVkhOROBhtmO0erIagBCwlYOFpAD8VV3KOO0 ]


[ { AP News Photos} ->http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/search?p=Moshe+Kantor&c=news_photos ]


[ {International Herald Tribune} ->http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/08/europe/EU-GEN-EU-Jews-Iran.php ]



[ {MSNBC (AP)} ->http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24013415/]



[
{EU Business (AFP)} ->http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1207679524.35 ]



[ {Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)} ->http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/107928.html ]



{[European Jewish Press 1st article->http://www.ejpress.org/article/news/eastern_europe/25955 ] {and} [European Jewish Press 2nd article->http://www.ejpress.org/article/26045 ]}


[ {The Jerusalem Post} ->http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1207649965047&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle %2FShowFull ]


[ {Ynet} ->http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3529371,00.html ]


[ {AOL (Photo)} ->http://news.aol.com/photos/_p/moshe-kantor/20080408165109990054 ]



[ {IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)} ->http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/Dpr/pressreview.html ]



[ {Google News} ->http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:GUJ8EoYoYXUJ:news.google.com.au/index.html%3Fn ed%3Dau%26ncl%3D1149456948%26hl%3Den%26topic%3Dw%26scoring%3Dn+afp+european+jewish+congress&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=27 ]



[ {Global GeoPolitics Crisis Monitor} ->http://globalcrisismonitor.com/wp01/?p=39092]




[ {STA - Slovenian Press Agency} ->http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1274267 ]



[ {Turkish Daily News.com} ->http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/apdetailspage.php?id=93f7f493f1a35d2ec8e125e0538478217671c3 ]


[ {Iran News} ->http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_24737.shtml ]



[ {PressTV Iran} ->http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=50970§ionid=351020104 ]


[
{Iran Mania} ->http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=58909&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs ]




[{ BreitBart.com (picture) }->http://www.breitbart.com/image.php?id=app-de12b07b-d091-4d3c-a655-87fe9d3cb3e8&show_article=1&catnum=2&ch=BNImagesWorld ]




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