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Leaders of 25 Jewish Communities from Around the World to Arrive in Israel for World WIZO Meeting of representatives (mor)


WIZO leaders report a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism worldwide


WIZO's annual Meeting of Representatives under the slogan: WIZO – the Best PR for Israel, will discuss how to confront rising anti-Semitism in Europe and anti-Israel attacks in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.


Also attending the meeting will be local authority heads and hundreds of kibbutz residents from the Gazan border, who were offered refuge in WIZO youth villages throughout the hostilities


Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive says: "Jewish communities in the Diaspora are dealing with a harsh reality that threatens both their security and their everyday lives. As well as their activities in support of Israel, these communities must constantly contend with the delegitimization and demonization of Israel. We salute them for their determined endeavors."

 

Two hundred WIZO leaders from 25 countries – among them the USA, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Mexico, South American nations, India and others – are due to arrive in Israel for the World WIZO AGM. The participants, who are Presidents of WIZO Federations worldwide, represent the Organization's 250,000 overseas members.


The meeting of World WIZO leaders takes place annually in Israel to discuss pressing issues facing the Jewish people and Israeli society, and to formulate the Organization's policy of support for Israel in coming years. The AGM also provides a forum to approve both existing and new projects, promote the status of women and address such matters as domestic violence, education and support for children and youth at risk.


The slogan of this year's meeting is WIZO – the Best PR for Israel and heading the proceedings will be Prof. Rivka Lazovsky, Chairperson of the World WIZO Executive, alongside the Organization's Executive Committee. The meeting will take place on January 18-22 at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv. Local authority heads attending from the south of Israel will include Alon Shuster, Head of Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council; Haim Yallin, Head of Eshkol Regional Council; Yair Farjun, Head of Hof Ashkelon Council; and others wishing to pay tribute to WIZO's support for southern residents during Operation Protective Edge in July-August 2014.


Two main subjects will come under discussion at this year's Annual Meeting: Firstly, measures that WIZO can undertake to help and support children and youth in the south who for many years have suffered from the effects of the security situation in the region. In the course of the meeting, WIZO women will tour kibbutzim in the area, to help towards understanding at first hand the special requirements of those populations and approving rehabilitation projects for children and youth, especially those at risk. During the military hostilities of 2014, hundreds of families from the south were offered accommodation and a safe refuge at WIZO youth villages in other parts of Israel. This was made possible thanks to the support of WIZO Federation members, and at the AGM the southern residents will have an opportunity to express their appreciation.


The second principal topic on the table is finding ways to contend with rising anti-Semitism around the world, and especially in Europe, further to Operation Protective Edge, and the important role of Jewish communities in defending Israel's status and image. WIZO representative from all over the Diaspora report a sharp increase in anti-Israel attacks at various events and in the world media, as well as actual attacks of physical violence. Effective PR tools are needed if such attacks are to be countered and accordingly the AGM will conduct workshops and lectures by experts in the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
Urban celebration of live performances and interactive installations
Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

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state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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