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Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00


Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 

With the rise of the alt-right movement in the U.S. and the resurgence of neo-Nazism in Europe, the Simon Wiesenthal Center should have its hands full. The center's original mission: to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of the Center's global action agenda, will speak at the FCCJ on these developments as well as provide an update on the Center's activities in Japan since his last visit in 2013. Rabbi Cooper is also a member of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

Events on the ground have moved beyond where they were last week when it was agreed Rabbi Cooper would speak at the FCCJ.

President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Tensions in the Middle East are high as a result of the decision. Germany, France and Britain have denounced the decision. The Arab world, including countries friendly to the U.S., stands united in opposition. The Wiesenthal Center, as do most U.S. Jewish organizations, supports it.

Rabbi Cooper made his mark on the Japanese scene in January 1995 when he challenged a 10-page article in Bungeishunju Ltd.'s Marco Polo magazine that denied there were gas chambers in Nazi-occupied Europe. A boycott by Volkswagen and other international advertisers protesting the article led to the magazine's folding a week later and the publisher issuing an apology and retraction. Don't miss this event.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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