More Jews in Congress than ever before

246 Jews in 36 countries hold parliamentary positions, a 20 percent increase from last year.

By ADINAH GREENE
November 8, 2006 21:50
More Jews in Congress than ever before

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The largest number of Jews ever to hold seats in the newly elected United States Congress was announced in a report released by the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) on Wednesday. The report also stated that 246 Jews in 36 countries, including the United States, hold parliamentary positions, a 20 percent increase from last year. The countries include the United Kingdom and France to Tunisia and Azerbaijan. The ICJP was established in 2002 as part of the World Jewish Congress to build a network for government officials with their counterparts all over the world. "The goal is to put together parliamentarians from all over the world in order for them to cooperate with one another and promote Jewish issues/agendas in their respective countries," said Arik Puder, the spokesman for ICJP Israel. A large portion of the parliamentarians come from the United Kingdom and the United States. Several countries that were once part of the former Russian confederacy or have a history of anti-Semitism have Jewish officials as well. Ukraine has 18 Jewish parliamentarians, which matches France's number. Hungary and Canada both have 10 Jewish parliamentarians.

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