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Limor Livnat, Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport, is impressed by the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage

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The town of Eisenstadt, my birth place, is the capital of Burgenland, the eastern most province of Austria, and is also one of the seven Jewish communities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, recognised for many years as places of Jewish learning. Discussions some months ago with the Curator of the Austrian Jewish Museum in Eisenstadt and with the Director of a research organisation dealing with the history of the Jews in Burgenland resulted in a wish for them to participate in the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage. This has now materialised and festivities are planned for the weekend of 12th to 14th September in Eisenstadt and in three of the other “sheba kehillot”, involving a Press Conference, guided walks through the old Jewish areas of these towns and talks to schools.

  Alan Schneider, Director of the B’nai B’rith Centre in Jerusalem, aware of these plans, invited Limor Livnat to attend the events in Burgenland. Unfortunately, her commitments do not allow her to accept this invitation, but she wrote a most interesting letter to Madame Claude Bloch and Francois Moyse, two of the leading personalities of AEPJ, organisers, together with B’nai B’rith Europe, of the EDJCH. The Minister is particularly happy with the theme of this year’s happenings – “Women in Judaism” – since this coincides well with one of her recent initiatives in Israel.

 

BBE SOLIDARITY MISSION TO ISRAEL

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A seven-member solidarity mission consisting of members of the newly-elected Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe visited Israel this Tuesday-Thursday (July 22-24) to be briefed by government officials on the conflict , learn firsthand about the realities faced by Israelis during the current conflict and to convey from the organization a message of unity with the people of Israel.
Among other things, the mission met with government ministers, representatives of the Prime Minister's office, National Security Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and leading academics. On Wednesday the group traveled to the South for meetings with local leaders and residents in the cities of Ashkelon and Sderot, and in the Merhavim and Hof Ashkelon regional councils and visited an Iron Dome battery.
The mission program was arranged by the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem, B'nai B'rith's permanent presence in Jerusalem and public affairs arm in Israel.

Our solidarity mission visited the family of Moshe Melako where we passed our condoleances on behalf of B'nai B'rith Europe
Already 40 soldiers gave their life for the security of Israel since the beginning of the operation

We spoke with Prof. Efraim Inbar, Director of The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies who shared very interesting points of view about the politic of Israel concerning the Gaza strip and the international community.
He explained us the strategy of Israel in this operation consists of getting rid of tunnels, keeping Hamas as weak as possible but also sending a message to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups standing at Israeli borders.
He confirmed the hand of Iran in the millitary force of Hamas, and stood on the fact that Iran is Israel's biggest ennemy.
He opened our eyes on Israel's new and future partners, which are from Asia and for example India, rather than Europe.

We also met Akiva Tor, Director, Division for World Jewry and Religions, Ministry of Foreign Affairs with who we discussed the diaspora situation. He regretted the amount of protest for Gaza compared to those for Israel, but realized the security of the Jewish communities may be comprmoised when organizing such protests.

On Wednesday we started by visiting an "Iron Dome" battery and received an IDF Security Briefing about the situation on the field, insisting on the danger of the tunnels and the necessity of getting rid of those for the security of Israeli citizens. The Iron Dome today stops around 90% of rockets from Gaza. Each anti missile from it cost between 45.000$ and 210.000$.

We also visited the regional council of Ashkelon, Merhavim and the Ashkelon municipality center of command, we were received by their Mayors.
It was impressive to see how they organized themselves to be as effective as possible. They are using the same kind of management as the Americans since 9/11. They organized all moshav settlements and cities into three regions, centralizing emergency needs but also police, post trauma centers and more. Everything is underground in shelters.

We afterwards entered a camp organized to supply food and goods to the soldiers.
It was organized by individuals by major personal efforts (1500/2000 meals per day!)
The solidarity we witnessed during our entire trip was amazing and moving.

We finally went to visit Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
They moved all installations underground (the hospital building is not in use, only shelters), where we saw soldiers and civilians being treated due to causes of the current situation.
They are facing huge issues as there are only few operation rooms underground and one delivery room. Unfortunately, most of installations are not mobile.
They are building a new entirely sheltered hospital building. They are still looking for funds.

On Thursday we first met Jonathan Shachter, Advisor on Diaspora Affairs to the Prime Minister who gave us an overview of the situation on the field and the relationship with the media. After, we met Dr. Eran Lerman, Deputy National Security Advisor, who gave us a very interesting overview of the Prime Minister of Israel's politics and the international reactions concerning the conflict.

Alan Schneider of the B'nai B'rith World Center did an amazing job on such a short notice. We met incredible people and went directly on the ground. We are really thankful.

B'nai B'rith Europe Solidarity Mission to arrive in Israel tomorrow

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A seven-member solidarity mission consisting of members of the newly-elected Executive Committee of B'nai B'rith Europe will visit Israel this Tuesday-Thursday (July 22-24) to be briefed by government officials on the conflict , learn firsthand about the realities faced by Israelis during the current conflict and to convey from the organization a message of unity with the people of Israel. Among other things, the mission is scheduled to meet with government ministers, representatives of the Prime Minister's office, National Security Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and leading academics. On Wednesday the group will travel to the South for meetings with local leaders and residents in the cities of Ashkelon and Sderot, and in the Merhavim and Hof Ashkelon regional councils and will visit an Iron Dome battery. The mission program is arranged by the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem, B'nai B'rith's permanent presence in Jerusalem and public affairs arm in Israel.

Members of the mission are: Daniel Citone, Vice President, B'nai B'rith Europe (Italy), Valerie Achache, Vice President, BBE (Belgium), Lionel Sebban, Treasurer, BBE (France), Deborah Yona Delouya, President, B'nai B'rith South France, Solomon BBE Bali, Executive Board member (Bulgaria) and Abisror, Director, BBE (France).

Le B’nai B’rith Europe a appris avec une profonde tristesse l’immonde assassinat des trois adolescents israéliens kidnappés

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Les corps des trois jeunes Israéliens, Eyal Yifrach 19 ans, Gilad Shaar 16 ans et Naftali Frankel 16 ans, enlevés le 12 juin dernier alors qu'ils rentraient de l'école.ont été retrouvés près d'Hébron, en Cisjordanie

Le B'nai B'rith Europe exprime sa colère et condamne cet horrible assassinat de jeunes adolescents.

Cet acte barbare commis de sang froid est le produit de la haine des juifs enseigné par les dirigeants terroristes du Hamas. En s'en prenant ainsi à de jeunes étudiants innocents, les terroristes ont voulu atteindre en plein cœur deux des symboles du judaïsme: la vigueur de la jeunesse et la force de la transmission. Ces symboles ne mourront pas. Le Peuple juif ne mourra pas. Israël ne mourra pas. Une fois de plus, la détermination du Peuple juif l'emportera sur ses larmes. Une fois de plus, la justice l'emportera sur la barbarie. Une fois de plus, la vie l'emportera sur la mort

Depuis le kidnapping des 3 adolescents des roquettes sont tirées sur le sud d'Israël à partir de la bande de Gaza et le Premier Ministre de l'Etat d'Israël Monsieur Netanyahu a demandé aux dirigeants palestiniens de mettre « fin à l'accord avec le Hamas »

Le Président Francois Hollande a dénoncé ce « lâche assassinat », de son côté le Président Obama à condamné « un acte de terroriste insensé qui a visé de jeunes innocents»

Le B'nai B'rith Europe exprime sa profonde douleur après cet assassinat lâche et ignoble et adresse ses condoléances les plus attristées aux familles Yifrah, Shaer et Fraenkel, aux proches de ces trois enfants arrachés à la vie et au peuple israélien dans son ensemble

Source B'nai B'rith France