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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.


British Airways celebrates 80th anniversary in Israel – and refurbishes the Boeing 767s operated on the route

Investing over $40 million (£25m) to refurbish the cabin interiors of its B767 aircraft

British Airways began flying to Israel and the region in the 30’s Since 1932

British Airways is marking these days its 80th anniversary in Israel: the airline, then “Imperial Airways,” operated flights to the region already in 1932.

These early flights were operated by Scipio S17 flying boats, which landed on the Sea of Galilee.

 Nowadays, British Airways operates two daily flights on the Tel Aviv-London Heathrow route, using Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft.

Foreign Secretary William Hague met Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in London.On 19 March, Foreign Secretary William Hague had a working lunch with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, who was on a two-day official visit to the UK. During his visit Mr Meridor also met Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt and National Security Adviser Sir Kim Darroch.Speaking after the meeting, the Foreign Secretary said:"The UK and Israel have a strong and deep relationship. I was delighted today to welcome Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Meridor".

The leaders, who head the various communities of hundreds of thousands of believers, met yesterday with the Minister of Tourism and leading figures from the Christian community in Israel.

The Ministry of Tourism is hosting this week a leading delegation of priests from Brazil. The delegation includes 18 priests, including Evangelical and Catholic leaders from around the state whom their communities comprises tens to hundreds of thousands of believers. This is the first time that a delegation of this magnitude is hosted in Israel.

The delegation touring includes Old Jaffa, Caessarea, Mount Tabor, Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Last night, Wednesday 9/5, the delegation met with the Minister of Tourism.

Brazil, plays a very important part when speaking of their economical growth, development and their great potential in tourism. In 2011, 57 thousand tourists from Brazil came to Israel – an increase of 9% compared to 2010. Most Brazilian citizens are followers of the Christian religion, when 43% of tourists who from Brazil to the Holy Land, come for religious reasons and for pilgrimage.

Israel extends its condolences to the government of the Republic of the Congo and to the breaved families, and sends its wishes for recovery to those injured in the explosion that occurred in Brazzaville, in which over 200 people lost their lives and hundreds were wounded.

 With the desire to contribute to the medical treatment of the wounded and hospitalized, Israel is sending today, through MASHAV (Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation)   and Israel's embassy in South Africa, and in cooperation with Magen David Adom, South Africa, emergency medical equipment to assist in treating burn injuries. The humanitarian aid shipment will be delivered to the Brazzaville Red Cross.