Press releases

  • 27.06.2008

    Statement by the Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany on the anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli statements by Iran's former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Larijani

    on the occasion of the Third Transatlantic Conference in Berlin on 24th and 25th June

    "The anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli statements made by Iran's former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Ardashir Larijani, at the Third Transatlantic Conference of the Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Studies (HSFK), which took place in Berlin on 24th and 25th June 2008, are not just a scandal ...

  • 06.03.2008

    Statement of Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany on the plans to establish a bravery medal for the German Bundeswehr

    “The
    Central Council welcomes fully and unreservedly the plans by Minister of
    Defence (Franz-Josef) Jung to create a bravery medal for the Bundeswehr. It is
    beyond doubt that soldiers of the Bundeswehr, a democratic parliamentary army, deserve
    that there is such an award and it is time, perhaps even long overdue, to
    introduce an adequate decoration,” says Secretary General of the Central
    Council Stephan J ...

  • 09.02.2007

    Central Council calls for tough measures to counter Iran's policy of aggression

    Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, marked the beginning of the security conference in Munich by telling the German government it was high time to lead a new initiative against the threat posed by Iran's mullah regime. "Chancellor Merkel must resolutely champion a broad alliance between Europe, America and Russia to oppose President Ahmadinejad's policy of aggression ...

  • 26.09.2006

    Leo Baeck Award 2006 for Munich publisher Hubert Burda

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany has paid tribute to the Munich publisher Prof. Hubert Burda by awarding him the Leo Baeck Prize for 2006. In explaining this choice, the Central Council of Jews specifically praises Burda's commitment to reconciliation between Germans and Jews. Dr Burda has never left any room for doubt that Jewish thinking, sentiments and knowledge are an integral part of Germany's cultural history ...

  • 25.09.2006

    Alarming election results in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany has accused politicians of failing in the fight against right-wing extremism. It was already apparent during the run-up to elections that the new, aggressive election campaign waged by the NPD, Republicans and so-called "free Kameradschaften" should cause alarm among democratically minded people, as should the fact that entire political landscapes in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have evidently been lost to democracy ...

  • 24.07.2006

    Solidarity visit to Israel

    "The accusation that Israel's defence measures are disproportionate and violate international law is devoid of any objective foundation. It reflects an attitude deeply hostile to Israel that is being deliberately promoted by much one-sided media reporting", said Dr. Dieter Graumann, Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, at the end of a two-day solidarity visit to Israel on 23/24 July by the European Jewish Congress ...

  • 30.04.2006

    The Death of Paul Spiegel

    It is with great sadness that the
    Central Council announces the death of Dr Paul Spiegel OBM, President of the
    Central Council of Jews in Germany. He passed away early this morning in
    Düsseldorf at the age of 68 after a long and serious illness.

    Paul Spiegel (Dr. h.c.) OBM assumed office as President of the Central Council of Jews in 1999
    following the death of Ignatz Bubis OBM ...

  • 29.03.2006

    Between hope and fear

    imes new roman" >“I
    congratulate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on his clear election victory which
    clearly demonstrates that he has a majority of Israelis behind him and his
    party Kadima. Voters believe that they are now at least somewhat closer
    to the peace for which they have so long yearned”, said Dr Salomon Korn,
    Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, reflecting on the
    outcome of the ballot in Israel ...

  • 23.03.2006

    Concern over looming death sentence in Afghanistan

    The death penalty looming
    over Abdul Rahman, an Afghan who converted to Christianity, has also provoked
    outrage and incomprehension at the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
    “Criticizing the threat of a death sentence for Abdul Rahman has nothing to do
    with interfering in the internal affairs of a country, nor with Western
    arrogance”, said Stephan J ...

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