Kantor re-elected European Jewish Congress head

Organization's president defeats challenger Prasquier with 73% of vote, warns Jewish traditions, Israel under assault.

November 7, 2012 17:25
EJC President Moshe Kantor

EJC President Moshe Kantor 311 (R). (photo credit: Reuters)

Moshe Kantor was reelected to a new four-year mandate as president of the European Jewish Congress, the democratically-elected organization representing European Jewry. Kantor received 73 percent of the votes, defeating his challenger, Richard Prasquier, the president of the French Jewish community.

“We cannot rest on our laurels,” Kantor said after the vote. “There are many challenges for the Jewish communities of Europe to face in the coming years.

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Anti-Semitism is growing from both extremes, our traditions are under assault and Israel is constantly under threat of delegitimization.”

The EJC brings together the democratically elected official leaders of national Jewish communities in over 40 European countries, uniting 2.5 million Jews across the continent. At the same meeting, Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was elected Chairman of the EJC Council.

Kantor, 59, was first elected president of the EJC in 2007.

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