The World Jewish Congress' main purpose is to act as "the diplomatic arm of the Jewish people." Membership in the WJC is open to all representative Jewish groups or communities, irrespective of the social, political or economic ideology of the community's host country. The World Jewish Congress headquarters are in New York City, US, and the organization maintains international offices in Belgium, Israel, France, Russia, Argentina, and Switzerland.
Although its principal purpose was to defend the rights of Jews in the Diaspora, the WJC always actively supported the aims of Zionism, i.e. creation of a Jewish National Home in Palestine.
One of the many programs of the World Jewish Congress: "The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) is a global network of Jewish legislators, government ministers, and other elected officials. Its aim is to promote dialogue, the principles of democracy, the cause of human rights and the rule of law, and to combat racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, terrorism and Holocaust denial."
World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder is urging the City of Duesseldorf, Germany, to reconsider its decision to cancel an exhibition on Max Stern, the Jewish art dealer from the city who lost hundreds of works when the Nazis forcibly confiscated and sold his collection. In the planning for three years, the exhibition, Max Stern: From Duesseldorf to Montreal, was to open in February at the municipally run Stadtmuseum, when Duesseldorf city council abruptly announced last month that it would not go ahead, due to pending restitution claims on paintings that were once owned by Stern. Lauder said he was “deeply disturbed” by the decision and rejects the reason behind it.
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