- Written by Ministry of Tourism
248,000 TOURISTS ARRIVED (10% MORE THAN 2011);
39% INCREASE ON VISITORS ARRIVING ON CRUISE SHIPS
2.3 MILLION VISITORS ARRIVED IN ISRAEL JAN-AUG 2012 (7% INCREASE ON SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR)
Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov: "The intensive work and focused and professional marketing is showing results in the field. Especially during times of economic crisis, tourism proves itself as a growth engine that injects billions of shekels annually into the economy."
Despite the grave global economic crisis and the problematic geopolitical situation in the region, Israel continues to break incoming tourism records. A record number of 2.3 million visitors arrived during the period Jan-Aug 2012, a 7% increase as compared with last year and 5% more than the record year of 2010. Of these entries, a record 1.9 million were tourists, a 4% increase compared with the same period in 2011 and a 7% increase as compared with 2010. 374,000 entries were day visitors, 26% more than the same period last year.
- Written by Batya Basdanowski
The 2012 Magshim Israel Yafa (“Beautiful Israel Award”) was presented to KKL-JNF on the 110th anniversary of its foundation. The festive award ceremony took place at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem last week.
Prior to the official ceremony, 500 guests including KKL-JNF personnel from all over Israel, government ministers, chairmen of regional councils and other dignitaries were welcomed at a garden reception.
The award ceremony was hosted by the journalist Oren Weigenfeld who described the virtues and accomplishments of KKL-JNF and the reasons for its selection for this year’s award: "For building a bridge between the Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel, and for developing the land so it could be used for inhabitation and for cultivation."
A video clip featured a variety of projects undertaken by KKL-JNF since its establishment. Rivka Michaeli, veteran actress and Rag Bar Natan, actor and comedian, presented KKL’s achievements via humorous skits and songs. However, it was President Peres who stole the show with his witty anecdotes eliciting waves of laughter.
- Written by Diplomacy
As the world's biggest aid donor, the EU actively supports human rights and democracy:
This has a budget of € 1.104 billion for 2007-2013. Its key objectives are to enhance respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk, and to strengthen the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democracy.
- Written by Diplomacy
The Foreign Affairs Council adopted today a Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy with an Action Plan for putting it into practice. This is the first time that the European Union has had a unified Strategic Framework for this vital policy area, with such a wide-ranging plan of action for its implementation.
"Human rights are one of my top priorities and a silver thread that runs through everything that we do in external relations. With this comprehensive package we want to enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy. In order to help put the Framework and the Action Plan into practice, I have also proposed the appointment of an EU Special Representative on Human Rights and I look forward to a swift appointment," said Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, upon adoption of the package.
- Written by Batya badanowski & Silvia Golan
A commemoration of the 49th anniversary of the establishment of the African Union (AU) took place last week at the residence of the
African Ambassador to Israel. The theme for this year's event was "Boosting Inter-African Trade and Investment."
Representatives from various cultural, political, linguistic and religious communities were greeted at the entrance by African dignitaries.
In his address, H.E. Mr. Joao Jose Manuel, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, stated that the creation of the
Peace and Security Council in July 2002 has been very instrumental in keeping peace and security- the foundations of progress and sustainable development- among the African States.