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Sharansky: Israel is Helping Diaspora Jews against Anti-Semites

Jewish Agency head: Jewish communities worldwide are at the forefront of the fight against Jew-hatred.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/26/2014, 8:02 PM

Natan Sharansky
Natan Sharansky
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Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky warned in Sunday's Cabinet meeting against the spread of anti-Semitism and the possibility that it will bring real harm to the Jewish state.

"While anti-Semitism, in its old form and new mutations, continues to poison minds throughout the world, it is important that we strengthen those who are at the focus of the hatred and at the front line of the struggle against it – the Jewish communities throughout the world,” he said.

Sharansky told ministers that the Jewish Agency has helped provide security for 52 Jewish communities in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, with the aid of the “Emergency Fund for Assistance to Communities.”

"At the same time,” he added, “the Jewish Agency emissaries serving in North American universities and elsewhere are working vis-a-vis over 100,000 Jewish students in 90 campuses and strengthening their bond with Israel and Jewish life.”

"Anti-Semitism is a threat to all of us – to the Jews themselves, to the countries they live in, and to the state of Israel,” he stressed. “The Jewish Agency will continue to act together with the government of Israel, our partner organizations and the communities themselves, to ensure that Jewish life can continue with strength and freedom the world over.”