The organization was founded in New York City in 1843. "Despite its fraternal and local beginnings, B'nai B'rith spoke out for Jewish rights early in its history and used its growing national chain of lodges as a way to exercise political influence on behalf of world Jewry. In 1851, for example, it circulated petitions urging Secretary of State Daniel Webster to demand the end of Jewish disabilities in Switzerland, during on-going trade negotiations.
Into the 1920s the B'nai B'rith continued in its political work by joining in Jewish delegations and lobbying efforts through which American Jews sought to influence public policy, both domestic and foreign. B'nai B'rith also played a crucial role in transnational Jewish politics. The later spread of the organization around the world made it a nerve center of intra-Jewish communication and mutual endeavor."
Gold medal for "humanitarian services"
German Chancellors Helmut Kohl (1996) and Angela Merkel (2008) as well as various other European political leaders have received the "Europe Award of Merit-Medaille" from B'nai B'rith for their semitophile activities. In no way does the fact of beeing awarded mean that the recipient is Jewish or member of B'nai B'rith. Many world leaders have received the highest B'nai B'rith Award, the "Presidential Gold Medal", including John F. Kennedy, George H. W. Bush, Stephen Harper, former Austrian chancellor Franz Vranitzky, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former U.S. presidents Harry S. Truman, Gerald R. Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
- Anti-Defamation League - An extensively criticized organizations. Such criticisms may also be apply to its founding organization.
- Israel lobby
- Jewish influence
- Jewish supremacism - A similar organization supporting White interests would likely be accused of White supremacism
- World Jewish Congress
- B'nai B'rith - Less politically correct description of origins, stated to be based on an official history book
- ‘Zionism has become a bad word,’ warns incoming B’nai B’rith president
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