8 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Julius Berman, Greg Schneider, Gideon Taylor

Holocaust Victims for Compensation from Germany

During the period 1933 to 1945 Germany forcefully confiscated, induced sales of and destroyed an estimated $350bn worth of economic value (movable and immovable property) excluding personal injury or loss of life. Since 1945 until today, Germany has made various payments to Holocaust survivors to the value of approximately $70bn in 2007 value or only 20% of the total value excluding loss of life and personal injury. The main organization negotiating on behalf of the survivors with Germany is the Claims Conference despite it being controlled by a small group of people who were never elected or officially appointed by the survivors or decendents of survivors and; These people have remained in office at the CC sometimes for decades without any democratic process or performance evaluation. Many scholars, survivors and family members have voiced their disapproval of the current Claims conference structures and processes including Sam Dubbin, Daniel Kadden, Michael Bazyler, Leo Rechter, Joe Sachs, Previous Editor of Jerusalem Post David Horovitz, Jack Rubin, Klara Firestone, Barbara Paris, Eugenie Lieberman, David Schaechter, David Mermelstein, Mordechai Hareli. And Recently a large case of fraud to the value of over $70million was discovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and as a result officials of the Claims Conference were sentenced to jail. And; The Claims Conference is one of the largest Jewish philanthropic bodies in the world, with total annual revenues in 2004 exceeding $1 billion. The group administers global compensation programs, holds billions in property assets and reserves, and boasts an influential direct grant program that has dispensed over $800 million since 1996 and now exceeds $100 million in annual outlays. Scores of community-based agencies serving survivors in the U.S., Israel and Europe are heavily dependent on annual Claims Conference grants.  Controversy has particularly surrounded the Claims Conference’s policy, adopted in 1994, that 20 percent of its discretionary grant money — a total of over $150 million since 1996, derived from recent restitution settlements and the proceeds of sales of German property — be directed to Holocaust remembrance and education projects rather than to emergency or essential social services for survivors. Despite bitter complaints by survivors and pleas from leading Jewish Federations (including a formal resolution by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, representing hundreds of Federation community relations councils), the 20 percent policy has remained in effect.  The Claims Conference has also been buffeted by complaints about a perceived lack of accountability and responsiveness in its management of resources. Jewish Federations in North America, Israeli officials, European Jewish leaders, social service professionals and, most pointedly, survivors, have charged that while the Conference exercises exclusive control over hundreds of millions of dollars secured in the name of Holocaust survivors, they maintain a remarkably closed decision-making process with no formal mechanisms for input from the wider Jewish community opinion, particularly from rank-and-file survivors.  Planning and allocation decisions, these critics charge, take place behind opaque curtains. There are no published guidelines setting out the criteria used in approving grant applications. Published financial and statistical data are heavily abridged in comparison with data from other large Jewish agencies. Full inventories of German properties and other assets held by the “Successor Organization” are not publicly available, and neither are reliable estimates of the value of the property portfolio. Policy regarding the purposes and use of an enormous reserve fund for “future needs” — now approaching $300 million — is unspecified.  Only four of the Claims Conference's forty-eight voting board seats are apportioned to survivor organizations, and these were added only in 1989. The governance structure hews closely to the original form created in 1951, with twenty-four constituent organizations, including some small and marginal ones from among the founders, each having two voting seats on the board, which generally meets only once or twice a year. And; The United States of America's House of Congress has been trying to deal with this issue for many years with little success. Therefore we the survivors and direct descendants of victims and survivors of the Holocaust wish to propose the following: 1. The Claims Conference (CC) transforms itself into a membership organization that invites all survivors and descendants of survivors and victims to become members. The one requirement is that they declare their support for Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish people. The verification process of members shall be based on the Yad Vashem and or the USHMM databases. 2. The current board of directors of the CC resigns and elections are held within a short space of time for new board members via an electronic internet based voting system. 3. The new board members shall immediately initiate a full review of all policies and programs and make their findings public within no longer than 6 months from being elected. 4. Fundamental principle that the new board will abide by includes full transparency of all financial matters to the minimum level and standards currently practiced by publicly traded companies and regulated by the SEC's full disclosure rules. 5. Report on the top 20% of paid executive packages. Provide quarterly updates and allow input from all members regards points for negotiation with the German government. Post transcripts of conversations between the CC and the German government onto the CC website as they occur. 6. Establish as a founding principle and communicate that the CC will demand full compensation to a minimum total value of $350bn minus all payments already made including payments made to the State of Israel. Full payment shall be made within a reasonable time frame but no longer than 30 years i.e. By no later than 2050 7. All businesses that in anyway supported, aided or abetted the Nazis shall be required to immediately disclose all archived material and shall establish full compensation programs. 8. The CC overhead budget will be cut dramatically and a call will be made to invite volunteers or pro bono service providers to provide any necessary services required. 9. All payments not being made directly to survivors (currently about 50% of the funds) shall cease and shall instead be made directly to the survivors with the discretion of how to spend those funds to remain the sole right of the survivors and their descendants 10. All funds currently earmarked for educational programs or research shall require a review and super majority approval by a "members only" voting process.

Holocaust Victims Families for Justice
360 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to United States Congress

Designate Neo-Nazis / Alt Right As Terror Organizations

Take away free speech laws from AltRight / Neo-Nazis - stop incitement - enable FBI to arrest criminals. As you read this petition, American Nazis / Alt Right are terrorizing Jewish families and their friends in Whitefish, Montana. They have threatened to bring automatic weapons to a planned march.  The city of Whitefish argues that they will have to allow these racist Nazi thugs into their town based on "free speech".Incitement to murder and or harm Jews and other minorities is not free speech.The Jewish families of Whitefish and the businesses that they are associated with have all been targeted online with death threats.  Nazi / Alt Right terrorism is not limited to Montana. In January and February 2017, Jewish Centers across the country were targeted with bomb threats. Hundreds of Jewish graves destroyed.  More than 150 Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, many of them armed, staged a rally in April in a Kentucky county that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. Benjamin McDowell, 29, was arrested by FBI agents after he purchased a gun from an undercover agent in South Carolina, McDowell planned a massive terror attack on a synagogue. Charlottesville - Nazis proudly walked the streets fully armed with automatic weapons. They chanted "We will not be replaced by the Jew" meaning - we want all Jews dead. Heather Heyer who was peacefully protesting the Nazis was murdered after a Nazi used his car as a weapon, taking terror tips from ISIS and the Palestinians.Have we not learned anything about Nazis?Have we forgotten the brutal history of the Nazi Party - 11 million murdered in World War Two as the result of racist hate?The Nazis of 2017 have the same agenda as the Nazis of 1938.In addition, the Nazis of 2017 have aligned themselves with the Hamas Islamic terror organization (Jihad) to achieve their global and domestic goals. We recognize that many did not live through nor experience the original Nazi genocidal era. So we ask you to think of the evil of ISIS and the efforts that modern Nazis are making to associate with them and Hamas. We are taking this action as the United Kingdom has recently declared the Neo-Nazi, anti-semitic group "National Action" as a terror organization under the Terrorism Act 2000. It is now a criminal offense to recruit for, be a member of or in any way support a Neo-Nazi group including displaying Nazi or Nazi supporting flags, posters or banners. We are taking this action as SPLC on behalf of Jewish Montana resident Tanya Gersh and her family file charges relating to death threats, criminal harassment against the editor of the largest hate publication in the USA - the Nazi online site The Daily Stormer. See: We kindly request of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate to designate the American Nazi Party AKA National Socialist White People's Party aka National Policy Institute as terror organizations. This present and clear danger to the welfare, protection and safety of American citizens needs to be addressed without delay. PLEASE SHARE: /

Joel Leyden
1,407 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Angela Merkel (CDU), Paolo Gentiloni, Justin Trudeau, Malcolm Turnbull, Beata Szydlo, António Costa, Sorin Grindeanu, Dmitry Medvedev, Aleksandar Vučić, Robert Fico, Miro Cerar, Mariano Rajoy, Stefan Löfven, Doris Leuthard, Binali Yıldırım, Volodymyr Groysman, Theresa May, Tabaré Vázquez, Juha Sipilä, Bernard CAZENEUVE, Donald Trump, Edi Rama, Mauricio Macri, Christian Kern, Andrei Kobyakov, Charles Michel, Denis Zvizdić, Michel Temer, Boyko Borissov, Andrej Plenković, Nicos Anastasiades, Bohuslav Sobotka, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Juri Ratas, Angela Merkel, Alexis Tsipras, Viktor Orbán, Enda Kenny, Benjamin Netanyahu, Paolo Gentiloni, Maris Kucinskis, Saulius Skvernelis, Xavier Bettel, Emil Dimitriev, Joseph Muscat, Pavel Filip, Duško Marković, Mark Rutte, Erna Solberg

Justice for Holocaust Survivors: Property Restitution

Petition / עצומה / Pétition  As the population of Holocaust survivors diminishes, I ask your government to ensure justice for Holocaust survivors, their families, and for Jewish communities, whose property was wrongfully taken from them by the Nazis and their allies and by subsequent Communist governments. ככל שאוכלוסיית ניצולי השואה פוחתת, אני מבקש מממשלתך להבטיח צדק לניצולי שואה,למשפחותיהם ולקהילות היהודיות, אשר רכושם נלקח מהם שלא בצדק על ידי הנאצים ובעלי בריתם וממשלות קומוניסטיות אחריהם. Comme la population de survivants de l'Holocauste diminue, je demande à votre gouvernement de rendre justice aux survivants de l'Holocauste, à leurs familles et aux Communautés juives dont les biens ont été injustement spoliés par les nazis et leurs alliés ainsi que par les gouvernements communistes qui ont suivi.   --- Call to Action My name is Jehuda Evron, and I am a Holocaust survivor. I am asking you to take a simple step to help the effort to correct a historic wrong. I have fought for 20 years for the return of property taken by the Nazis from their Jewish victims, including from my wife’s family. I have pressed government officials in Poland – and around the globe – on behalf of Holocaust survivors, and spoken at countless meetings to tell the world our story. Now, I am in my 80s. Until the day I die, I will not give up. Every day, the few remaining Holocaust survivors are passing away. Sadly, many of these survivors will die in poverty, without benefiting from their property. Our struggle for justice cannot die with us. This Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), as the world remembers the Holocaust, I ask that the generations of those born after the Holocaust commit to continue the struggle that our generation started. Future generations need to continue efforts to recover what the Nazis, their allies and collaborators, as well as subsequent Communist governments, unjustly took from us and our families and from Jewish communities. The community of nations has taken some measures toward recognizing the need for justice. In 2009, 47 countries endorsed the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets and Related Issues. In doing so, these countries called for a fair and speedy process to file claims and receive restitution or compensation for our property, as well as for properties that belonged to the devastated Jewish communities. The Terezin Declaration also recognizes the governments’ responsibility to care for needy Holocaust survivors, and to provide restitution of heirless property in order to fund this assistance, as well as Holocaust commemoration and education. Together with the World Jewish Restitution Organization, I ask you to help in this struggle for justice and accept this Call to Action by signing this petition to the heads of state of the 47 nations that endorsed the Terezin Declaration. In deep appreciation, Jehuda Evron --- קול קורא שמי יהודה אברון ואני ניצול שואה. אני פונה אליכם לעשות צעד קטן, לסייע במאמצים לתקן עוול היסטורי. אני נאבק מזה 20 שנה להשבת הרכוש שנגזל ע"י הנאצים מקורבנות השואה היהודיים, ובכלל זה ממשפחת אשתי. הפעלתי לחץ על נציגי ממשלת פולין ובכל העולם, בשם ניצולי שואה, ובאין ספור פגישות סיפרתי את הסיפור שלנו. עכשיו אני בשנות השמונים לחיי. עד יומי האחרון, לא ארפה. מדי יום, כמה מניצולי השואה הולכים לעולמם. לצערי, רבים מהם ימותו בעוני, בלי ליהנות מהרכוש שלהם. המאבק שלנו לצדק אסור לו שימות אתנו. ביום השואה הקרוב, כשהעולם יזכור את השואה, אני מבקש שדורות ההמשך לניצולי השואה, יתחייבו להמשיך את המאבק שאנחנו התחלנו. הדורות הבאים חייבים להמשיך את המאמץ להשיב מה שהנאצים, עוזריהם והממשלות הקומוניסטיות שבאו אחריהם, לקחו שלא בדין מאתנו, משפחותינו ומהקהילות היהודיות. אומות העולם הכירו בצורך לעשיית צדק. 47 מדינות חתמו בשנת 2009, על הצהרת טרזין, העוסקת בהשבת נכסים מתקופת השואה. בעשותם כן, מדינות אלו קראו לתהליך מהיר והוגן לאפשר הגשת תביעות ולהשיב רכוש או פיצויים בשל הרכוש הגזול, כולל רכושם של הקהילות היהודיות. הצהרת טרזין גם הכירה באחריותם של הממשלות לטפל בניצולי שואה נזקקים, ולהשיב רכוש ללא יורשים, כדי לממן את העזרה לניצולי שואה, לחינוך והנצחה. יחד עם איל"ר, ארגון יהודי עולמי להשבת רכוש, אני פונה אליכם לסייע למאבק למען צדק ולהביע את הסכמתכם לקול הקורא בחתימתכם על העצומה המופנית ל-47 ראשי הממשלה שחתמו על הצהרת טרזין. בהערכה רבה, -- For more information, please visit the WJRO Call to Action website.

World Jewish Restitution Organization
3,796 supporters