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A tribute was held to the late Ninth President Shimon Peres at the start of the event, with attendees standing and applauding in his memory, as is customary in football stadiums around the world.

In memory of the late Ninth President Shimon Peres, the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation held the annual Mini Mondial for Peace today (9.5) in Herzliya. The event opened with three unique exhibition games, one featuring Ambassadors and diplomats from around the world playing against young Arab and Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian participants from the "Twinned Peace Sports Schools" program. Another exhibition match featured Israeli Premier League all-star football players, and the final match featured Mayors from across Israel.

The Peres Center's "Twinned Peace Sports Schools" program promotes friendship and shared-living between children and youths throughout Israel and the West Bank. Ambassadors, Mayors, professional all-star footballers, and the young participants came together to promote a message of peace and shared-living through the international language of sport.

At the Mini Mondial opening ceremony, in tribute to the late Ninth President Shimon Peres, who passed away in September 2016, attendees stood and applauded to honor his legacy. President Peres proudly attended the Mini Mondial every year, where he encouraged the young participants to dream big. He was a man of vision and action, who worked tirelessly to advance a prosperous Israel within a peaceful Middle East, and firmly believed in the power of individuals to work hard to realize a better and peaceful future.

 

 

Chemi Peres, son of the late President Peres and Chairman of the Board of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, congratulated the participants and thanked attendees and said, “This event proves that what seems impossible is possible. These young participants get to know each other, respect each other, and work together – for the good of the team. They prove that the impossible is possible. The values of the Peres Center, teamwork, patience, and tolerance, are taught to our participants throughout this program.”

"This is the first time that we are holding the Mini Mondial without my father, Shimon Peres. But despite his absence, I feel his spirit and vision here on the pitch and in the eyes of the children - and I promise that we will continue to uphold his legacy."

The "Mini Mondial for Peace" is the annual peak event of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation's "Twinned Peace Sports Schools" program in which Jewish and Arab, Israeli and Palestinian children, girls and boys, meet on the football pitch. Throughout this project the children meet one another, train together, learn each other's language, and play football together on mixed teams. This project, which has been running for 15 years, brings together hundreds of children from different communities all over Israel and the West Bank every year. To date, over 20,000 children have participated in this project.

 

 

The "Ambassador Peace Team" was represented by: Ambassador Zhan Yongxin, China; Ambassador Deborah Lyons, Canada; Ambassador Anu Saarela, Finland; Ambassador Alison Kelly, Ireland; Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas, Lithuania; Ambassador Barbara Susnik, Slovenia; and Ambassador Sarayoot Kalayanamit, Thailand, as well as senior diplomats including USAID Deputy Mission Director Jonathan Kamin; US Embassy Cultural Attaché Jonathan Berger; Italian Embassy First Secretary Niccolo Manniello; French Embassy Science and Academic Attaché Sebastien Linden ; and Australian Embassy Second Secretary Nicholas Cooper.

The Israeli Premier Football Leagues represented included: Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Maccabi Haifa, Betar Jerusalem, Ironi Kiryat Shmona, Maccabi Petah Tikva, Bnei Sakhnin, and Hapoel Haifa.

Mayors and Heads of regional councils represented included: Herzliya, Kochav Yair, Or Yehuda, Oranit, Karnei Shomron, Ariel, Pardesiya, Tiberias, Abu Ghosh, Taibeh and Beit Zarzir.

Muhammed Wattad, Head of the Jatt Regional Council, said, "We, as leaders of the Arab sector, must serve as role models.” He continued, "We, Jews and Arabs, sit together side by side in the football stadiums, and the Peres Center shows us this vision of shared-living, proving that it is possible to play without discrimination and without racism. I wish everyone a successful day.”

Moshe Fadlon, Mayor of Herzliya and Member of the Board of the Union of Local Authorities, said: "The Herzliya Municipality and the local authorities work to preserve the legacy of President Peres every day, and believe that sport is a bridge between cultures. We promote respect and friendship, and encourage these values in all aspects of life.

In addition, Ms. Alona Barkat, owner of the state championship team Hapoel Beer Sheva, was awarded the "Peace Ambassador in Sport" award in the name of the late Shimon Peres for her activities promoting peace and tolerance in Israeli sports. Also in attendance was the Sports Director of Maccabi Tel Aviv Jordi Cruyff, son of the late legendary football player Johan Cruyff, Chairman of the Arab Mayor's Forum Mazen Ghanaim, and radio announcer and sportsman Didi Harari, who announced the event.

Photos by Silvia Golan

 

 

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During the one-day event, simultaneous activities on tourism and cultural promotion and highlights of the 60 years of strong bilateral relations between the Philippines and Israel were featured at the Castra Mall. Around 800 Israelis and Filipinos enjoyed the cultural program that showcased multi-awarded Filipino soprano singer, Ms. Francis Anne “Princess” Virtudazo, and the best talents from the Filipino community in Israel.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

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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