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BBE sponsors portable school shelter for elementary school in Israel

BBE sponsors portable school shelter for elementary school in Israel

During last summer’s Gaza conflict, the BBE executive committee organized a Solidarity trip to Israel. As part of the program,…

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Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum in Prague

Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum in Prague

B'nai B'rith Europe a divison of B'nai B'rith International Invitation to the 8th BBE Convention and BBI International Forum in…

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Unveiling Ceremony of the plaque in memory of Erika van Gelder z"l

Unveiling Ceremony of the plaque in memory of Erika van Gelder z"l

On Sunday 3rd July, on the occasion of a reunion of the BBE Executive Committee and a visit from BBI executive, BBE…

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B’nai B’rith Meets with European Commission Coordinator to Combat Anti-Semitism

B’nai B’rith Meets with European Commission Coordinator to Combat Anti-Semitism

B'nai B'rith Europe President Daniel Citone, B'nai B'rith Europe Vice-President Valerie Achache and B'nai B'rith International Director of EU Affairs…

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Working brunch with fellow Jewish organisations in renovated offices

Working brunch with fellow Jewish organisations in renovated offices

Yesterday, 1st October 2015, B'nai B'rith Europe held a working brunch in its renovated office with several organisations that were…

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A delegation of B'nai B'rith leads MEPS on a mission to Israël

A delegation of B'nai B'rith leads MEPS on a mission to Israël

B’nai B’rith International led several members of the European Parliament on a five-day visit to Israel. This trip promoted the…

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B'nai B'rith Young Professionals' Trip to Luxembourg

B'nai B'rith Young Professionals' Trip to Luxembourg

B'nai B'rith Europe and B'nai B'rith Young Professionals (BBYP) UK took a group of over 40 people to Luxembourg from…

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Bridges of Tolerance

Bridges of Tolerance

A report of the event in Romania 3-5 June 2015

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BBE letter against the Paris summit: 15 January 2017

This week, BBE and BBI sent letters to 11 European countries urging them not to attend the upcoming summit on the Middle East peace process that will be held this Sunday January 15th in Paris. Because as Dan Mariaschin puts it, "[this summit] may set the stage for yet another one-sided U.N. Security Council resolution, which would continue to cloud the prospect of a negotiated peace. By prejudging the outcome of future negotiations, repeatedly castigating Israel, and pressuring the Jewish state to make unilateral concessions, the international community continues to encourage Palestinian rejectionism."

Our president Daniel Citone, informed the lodges of the countries where letters have been sent, to invite them take actions also locally.

The countries that BBE wrote to are: Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and UK.

The case of France is different since it is hosting the conference. B'nai B'rith France, led by Serge Dahan is following the matter on the ground.

We are supporting and welcoming every effort from the lodges against this process.
fire in israel
Dear Sisters and Brothers,

B'nai B'rith Europe wishes to help Israel after the fires that forced thousands of people to evacuate, many of them having lost their homes and businesses.

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BBE celebrates Chanuka with EJCC

On 7 December 2016, Ms. Valerie Achache, BBE vice-president, and BBE Director, Anouk Abrahams attended the symbolic EuroChanuka (since Chanuka’s real date was overlapping with end of year holidays) organised at the European Commission by the European Jewish Community Centre under the high patronage of Ms Commissioner Vera Jourova (DG Justice and consumers) who named Ms Katarina Von Schnurbein, coordinator for fighting Antisemitism. in October 2015.

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PRESS REVIEW N°500
By Gilberte JACARET

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B'NAI B'RITH COMMENDS GERMANY'S CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC UNION FOR OPPOSING BDS

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B'nai B'rith strongly commends German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party for passing a resolution opposing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS only furthers Palestinian attempts to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state, in turn harming the peace process by discouraging direct negotiations between the parties.

The CDU, in a statement, said: "Who today under the flag of the BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli goods and services speaks the same language in which people were called to not buy from Jews. That is nothing other than coarse anti-Semitism...The CDU will decisively oppose every hostile action that Israel faces."

We applaud the CDU's forceful rejection of an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel movement that seeks to destabilize the Jewish state's economy and ultimately end Israel's existence. We further welcome the potent symbolism of such a message from Germany's governing party. B'nai B'rith hopes that the CDU's exemplary action will prompt other political actors throughout Europe to condemn BDS and denounce anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hatred.

Pyro-Terrorism Fueled by Social Media


Pyro-Terrorism Fueled by Social Media

Daniel S. Mariaschin

Daniel S. Mariaschin Daniel S Mariaschin is the International Executive Vice President of B'nai B'rith

November 28, 2016, 8:15 pm
Source: Time of Israël


The outbreak of fires in Israel is already being termed "pyro-terrorism," as at least 24 persons have been arrested over the past several days in connection to the blazes. With hundreds of homes destroyed ( by some estimates, half a billion shekels in damage in Haifa alone) and tens of thousands displaced, the total acreage burned now exceeds that which was destroyed in the Mt. Carmel fires six years ago.


Aiding and abetting those who may have started these fires have been messages carried by social media, praising the outbreak: according to Ynet News, one Tweet said "All of Israel's neighbors must aid it — I suggest they send planes filled with gasoline and rain it down on the burning areas. I want to inhale the smell of barbecue from the Zionists."

According to Haaretz, the hashtag #israelisburning included, among the thousands being sent, one from Fatma Alqu ("What a good day"), and another from Kamil ("Israel burns and I love it! What will you do VS Allah's power you zionist (sic) dirt-bags..."). The Israeli media has published many others, from the Palestinians territories and the Arab world.

While the messages celebrate the wildfires, they also serve to exhort others who might want to join the party. But while this social media campaign is tied to the rash of blazes, the language used is from the same canon that has fueled incitement against Israel and Israelis for decades.

Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the one constant on the Palestinian side has been incitement. Called upon to end it when the agreement was signed, it has remained a daily weapon deployed by Palestinian political and religious figures, the media and in schools. By now, the incitement roster is well known, including most recently, charges that Israel is poisoning Palestinian water supplies; has no connection (Israel and the Jewish people) to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall; and denies medical care to Palestinian in the territories, a libelous charge if ever there was, given the hundreds of Palestinians treated in Israeli hospitals daily.

Indeed, a Palestinian baby born on the day the Oslo Accords were signed is now a 23-year-old adult raised on daily doses of hatred. So it should come as no surprise that this new (and surely there are others to follow) hashtag campaign is punctuated by the language of hate and a desire to see Israel's end.

To be fair, the Palestinian Authority sent 50 firefighters to Israel to help extinguish the fires, a gesture which produced many Tweets from Israelis and others expressing appreciation (they joined more than 300 foreign firefighters from many countries, including Russia, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called PA President Mahmoud Abbas, to express thanks for the assistance, which the latter described as "humanitarian." The Prime Minister's office also noted that both Jews and Arabs opened their homes to victims of the blazes.

Perhaps the deployment of the firefighters is the gesture that breaks the ice over the stalled peace process. Whether it is, or is simply an aberration, time will soon tell. A new presidential administration will surely have its own assessment about the "process" and more broadly, the chaos and strategic wildfires burning out of control in Syria, Iraq and Yemen and by Iran's unabashed support for terrorism and creeping hegemonism in the region.

The social media incitement and the #israelisburning campaign may not have originated in the PA's Ramallah offices. But the years of incitement emanating from there, spewing out over so many years, provided the tinder for the matches of hatred thrown out on Twitter and Facebook during the course of the wildfires in Israel.

The PA and its leadership, if they were ever serious about a negotiated peace with Israel, have frittered away the past 20 years by, on the one hand, inciting its own people against Israel, and on the other, by counting on international support for the Palestinian narrative. The current hashtag campaign, and its incessant use of the United Nations and its agencies to further the Palestinian narrative, are the fruits of their labor. In the process, increasing numbers of Israelis ask if there is a serious partner for an accommodation — of any kind. Perhaps the fires in Israel and the language of the hashtag campaign are a wake-up call for those who have looked the other way at incitement against Israel. It is not a winning strategy. But past history would not be a cause for optimism on this point.

The social media revolution has given us the ability to immediately reach out to the public, to government officials and to colleagues, family and friends in unprecedented ways. It has also given those who hate the unimpeded opportunity to injure and maim in 140 characters or less, and to exhort others to join the fray, oftentimes, as we have now seen, with violent and dangerous consequences.

The social media campaign connected to the pyro-terrorism that has played out in Israel in recent days is a new strain of a growing virus.

Until now, the Palestinian leadership has seen no need to "educate for peace." It should look at the content of the fire-related Tweets, and contemplate what that nihilistic policy has wrought.

JEWISH CULTURE N°264 BY GILBERTE JACARET

JEWISH CULTURE 264

By Gilberte JACARET



Rare find reveals previously unknown Roman ruler in Judea

Large rock bearing unique inscription discovered off Tel Dor coast by University of Haifa archaeologists


BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF December 1, 2016
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An inscription bearing the name of a previously unknown Roman ruler of Judea was discovered off Tel Dor by the University of Haifa, in January 2016. (Courtesy of the University of Haifa)

Israeli divers working with the University of Haifa have found a rare archaeological artifact shedding light on a previously unknown Roman prefect of the province of Judea in the time before the Bar Kochba revolt.
A large rock bearing a 1,900-year-old inscription was discovered on the seabed off the coast, south of Haifa, in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, bearing the name of Gargilius Antiques and mentioning the province of Judea.
The archaeologists were able to determine that Antiques ruled over Judea just prior to the legendary revolt against the Roman Empire, fought from 132 to 136 AD. The uprising was eventually crushed, resulting in the exile of Jews, and Emperor Hadrian's renaming Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina and Judea Syria Palestina.
The artifact, believed to be the base of a statue, was found in January 2016 as part of a maritime excavation at the Tel Dor archaeological site. The city had been an important port in Roman times and was active at least until the fourth century.

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An inscription bearing the name of a previously unknown Roman ruler of Judea was discovered off Tel Dor by the University of Haifa, in January 2016. It is shown here before it was excavated. (Courtesy of the University of Haifa)

The rock, measuring 70 by 65 centimeters and weighing over 600 kilograms, was covered in sea creatures when it was discovered, according to Haaretz.

"Not only were we able for the first time to identify with certainty the name of the ruler who oversaw Judea in the critical years the Bar Kochba revolt; this is also just the second time that the mention of Judea has been discovered in inscriptions traced back to Roman era," said Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau of Haifa University, who was in charge of deciphering the text.
Antiques's name was first found in an inscription some 70 years ago, but mention of the territory he ruled over was not preserved.
At seven lines, the text discovered this year, Yasur-Landau said, "is the longest discovered in maritime excavations in Israel."
It is missing a portion but is believed to read: "The City of Dor honors Marcus Paccius, son of Publius, Silvanus Quintus Coredius Gallus Gargilius Antiquus, governor of the province of Judea, as well as [...] of the province of Syria, and patron of the city of Dor."

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