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Middle East Peace Conference? You’ve Got to be Kidding…

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

“With whom should we make peace? With those that swear never to rest until they push all of us into the sea? With those who cheer the slaughter of our children?…” This clip unveils the thoughts and perceptions of Israeli society that you won’t hear anywhere else.

David Israel

Hundreds Rally Against Anti-Israel Paris ‘Peace’ Conference

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Hundreds of pro-Israel demonstrators rallied near the Paris “Middle east Peace” conference on Sunday. The rally was organized by NGOs Lev HaOlam and Pillar of Fire and attracted protesters from across Europe: France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, who raised Israeli flags and signs supporting Israel.

Hundreds rally against anti-Israel Paris 'peace' conference

Hundreds rally against anti-Israel Paris ‘peace’ conference

Lev HaOlam Dutch activist Carolina said: “We came down here to stand at Israel’s right and against the self-righteousness of the seventy countries who follow the farewell gift from Obama and John Kerry. The atmosphere here is wonderful, a lot of people, a thrilling sight! Am Israel Hai!”

Lev HaOlam founder Attorney Nati Rum said, “It’s heart-warming to see more and more people getting up and acting against these anti-Semitic decisions and the voices wishing to harm Israel.”

David Israel

Tweet to Paris: ‘Push Abbas to Negotiate Peace Directly With Israel’

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the only way forward to a true peace is between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In a graphic posted to the ministry’s Twitter feed, the MFA wrote that international delegates heading to the so-called Paris “peace summit” set to begin on Sunday should instead be pushing Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate directly with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Last week Mr. Netanyahu discussed the upcoming conference with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who said he is attending the summit and looks forward to further discussions with Israel on peace.

“It’s a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances,” the prime minister said at his meeting with the minister.

“This pushes peace backwards. It’s not going to obligate us. It’s a relic of the past. It’s a last gasp of the past before the future sets in.”

Minister Borge also met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely during his visit. The two discussed bilateral relations as well as their individual perspectives on peace – and kosher sushi.

Hana Levi Julian

N. California Conference Prepares High School Students to Combat On-Campus Anti-Semitism, BDS

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Club Z, a Zionist youth movement based in northern California that fosters a commitment to Israel and Zionism among teenagers, is holding its “Third Annual High School Conference on Israel and the Middle East” to provide teenagers with an understanding of current events in Israel, tools for advocating for Israel on campus, and knowledge about anti-Israel trends on campuses, so that they could respond effectively. Sixty high school students from all over the US are expected to attend.

The conference will take place on the weekend of January 14-16 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA, and will feature some of the leading voices in pro-Israel activism today: pastor Dumisani Washington; First Nation’s indigenous rights activist Ryan Bellerose; human rights attorney Brooke Goldstein; university professors Tammi Benjamin-Rossman and Naya Lekht; and creative activist Chloe Simone Valdary.

The conference will address, among a wide range of topics, a contemporary history of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, anti-Israel groups, and the BDS movement on campus.

“For the majority of Jews across the United States, Zionism is synonymous with justice, human rights, and freedom,” said conference organizer Masha Merkulova. “Yet on college campuses today, Jewish and Zionist students are attacked by anti-Israel students and by faculty trying to paint Israel as racist and oppressive. We’d like to raise the new generation of Jewish leaders who show the world and their fellow students that Zionism is, in fact, the most powerful human rights movement in the modern world.”

Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic culture and lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, teaching a class at Club Z

Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic culture and lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, teaching a class at Club Z

Avital Rutenburg, a Club Z member, said: “I look forward to the Club Z conference every year, and there is no place I would rather spend my MLK Weekend. I always leave feeling refreshed, hopeful, more knowledgeable, more confident, more equipped, with new friendships and stronger old ones, with fresh memories.”

Club Z began as a quick study group for a few teens that wanted to arm themselves with accurate information about Israel and the Middle East conflict. Over the years, it has grown into a movement that inspires the participants to connect their identities to Israel.

“At some point, American Jews have to face the fact that while we think we are ‘defending Israel,’ it is the strong and proud State of Israel that has brought about the renaissance of the American Jewish experience,” said Esther Kozakevich, a Club Z alum, currently a student at UC San Diego. “Israel doesn’t need us to ‘speak up’ for her. It is us, Jews living in America, that need to speak up for ourselves, because when Israel is attacked, they are attacking every single one of us. We are one people, with a history and heritage and one future. Club Z has taught me that.”

“Club Z offers a long-term program that does not shy away from the word Zionism, from the truth of our belonging in Israel, from the fact that Jewish rights matter just as much as any other people’s rights,” said the conference organizers in an email to the press. “The education is extensive and academically oriented, and, like anything worth doing it requires a serious effort from participants and their families.”

Keren Moiseev, a Club Z teen whose sister is currently serving in the IDF as a lone soldier summed up her past conference experience, saying: “Club Z conferences always leave me feeling inspired and ready to not only face the anti-Semitism in the world but also fight against it if I’m directly questioned or attacked.”


Shalva Praised At Int’l Conference in Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Shalva, an organization that provides a wide range of free outreach services to the children-with-disabilities community in Jerusalem and beyond, has become a vital lifeline for thousands of Israeli families.

The organization came in for lavish praise earlier this week from an array of academics and social services professionals at an international conference on poverty and disability held at Shalva’s new National Center.

Brandeis University Professor Susan L. Parish, who heads the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, criticized what she called America’s “antiquated and prejudicial” poverty and disability policies, contrasting them with Shalva’s diversified and cutting-edge programs in Israel.

“In the U.S., they relegate physically and mentally challenged people to inadequate and decrepit facilities,” said Parish. “However, I’ve never seen a building so beautiful as Shalva’s new facility, which is so inspiring.”

Parish charged that “the U.S. safety net for impoverished and disabled people is utterly inadequate and stuck in policies that were set in the 1960s,” adding that “hope for change from Congress or the White House doesn’t look like it will come anytime soon, because we still don’t know what President-elect Donald Trump has in mind for the future of the healthcare system.”

It wasn’t just the U.S. that came in for criticism. Haifa University Professor Arie Rimmerman, who helped put together the conference, blasted Israel’s policies toward impoverished and disabled people of all ages.

“Israel,” he said, “provides far fewer outreach services and assistance to families with special needs children or adults, as compared to countries in Western Europe.”

Rimmerman’s comments were backed up by a report released by Israel’s National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi). Professor Daniel Gottlieb, deputy director general of research and planning at the National Insurance Institute, said that “Unfortunately, we are not better than the U.S. when it comes to offering more services and financial assistance to impoverished and disabled people. We are at the wrong end of the scale and there is a need for change regarding increasing benefits to families with disabled people.”

Said Shalva director Avi Samuels, “Eighty percent of our clients could not afford the services we provide. For twenty-six years, our goal has been to break the cycle of poverty and provide vital, nurturing services to children with disabilities, so that every one of them will have an opportunity to realize their maximum potential in life from infancy through adulthood.

“Just providing an afternoon after-school program for special needs youngsters allows parents to work, create a normal routine at home and allows them to stave off poverty.”

Steve K. Walz

Anglo-Israel Cardiovascular Conference Defies Academic BDS

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, near Tiberias in northern Israel, next week will host a two-day international conference of notable cardiologists and heart surgeons from Israel and the UK. The 6th Anglo Israel Cardiovascular Symposium will take place Dec. 7 and 8 at the Rimonim Galei Kinneret hotel in Tiberias.

Dozens of senior cardiologists from Israel and the world will attend the conference, including the president of the Israel Heart Society, and six cardiac surgery department heads from the Padeh-Poriya, Sheba, Rambam, Soroka, Shaare Zedek, and Carmel medical centers.

Prof. Oren Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law and Director of the Minnesota Center for Legal Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School, will lecture on the legal aspects of the stubble against the BDS movement and the phenomenon of anti-Israel boycotts on British and European campuses.

Prof. Ofer Amir, Director of the cardiovascular system at Padeh-Poriya, stressed that the conference is being held as part of an ongoing effort to increase cooperation between Israeli and European and British cardiology. According to Amir, beyond its academic value, the conference sends a message challenging the validity and purpose of the BDS movement, which supports boycotting Israeli scientists, physicians and other academics.

Also appearing at the conference: Dr. Romeo Vecht, one of the founders of the Anglo-Israel Cardiovascular Conference, who used to be the cardiologist for the King of Jordan; and Prof. Ulrich Sigwart, from University of Geneva, Switzerland, who will lecture on Alcohol Septal Ablation (minimally invasive treatment) for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – is it as Good as Surgery?


Global Mayors Meet in Jerusalem, Will Visit Yad Vashem

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Mayors and governors from more than two dozen cities around the world are visiting Israel this week as part of the 31st International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem.

The American Jewish Congress and American Council for World Jewry are acting as hosts for the mayors this year in Israel.

The delegation is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local Israeli municipalities that include Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Nazareth.

Representatives from cities such as Beverly Hills, Miami Beach, Salzburg, Odessa and Lvov are scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday (Nov. 15).

The mayors will participate in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children’s Memorial and sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

During their four-day trip they are set to visit hi-tech, energy and cyber firms, as well as urban development experts, in addition to the Jerusalem Innovation Center, ‘Bezeq Telecom’ and to enjoy a Tel Aviv start-up tour. The officials will meet with Israeli entrepreneurs working in the fields of health, security, water and the environment.

Hana Levi Julian

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