In the elections held at the 14th Plenary of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Budapest, last week, Tova Ben-Dov President of World WIZO was elected as a VP of the WJC. Over 600 representatives from all over the world participated in the elections to the new enlarged WJC Executive Committee that included the re-election of Ronald Lauder as President of the World Jewish Congress and the election of senior positions holders including some 20 Vice Presidents.
WIZO was elected as one of three the international Jewish organizations to serve on the WJC Executive Committee
The World Congress Plenary convenes once every four years; usually in Jerusalem. However due to the radicalization of Anti-Semitism in Europe – the Plenary was held this year in Budapest.
The Plenary held discussions on the rise in Anti-Semitism in East Europe and in Hungary, in view of the Anti-Semitic activities of the extreme-right Jobbik party, the third largest political party in Hungary. WJC President Ron Lauder called upon the Hungarian Government to do everything possible to combat the wave of hatred towards Jews and to take a stronger stand against Anti=-Semitism and hate crimes.