B’nai B’rith World Center director Alan Schneider was on hand at the Eilat Naval Base on March 10 as a guest of the Prime Minister’s Office for the unveiling of the Iranian arms shipment intercepted the week before by the Israeli Navy in the Red Sea.
The cache of 40 M-302 rockets, 181 122mm mortar shels and 400,000 rounds of machine gun bullets found hidden under bags of cement marked “Made in Iran,” was destined for terrorists in the Gaza Strip to use against Israeli civilian populations.
Speaking in front of the exhibition to 70 foreign journalists, 30 military attaches and other invited guests, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed exasperation with the lack of international condemnation of Iran in the face of this blatant violation of international law and convention.
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The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel held a symposium on March 13 under their joint “Liaison Committee” banner entitled “The Effort to Divest Evangelical Christians from Israel: A New Campaign”.
The event was purposely held during the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish “Christ at the Checkpoint” (CATC) conference that convened throughout that week in Bethlehem promoting theological anti-Semitism and the demise of the Jewish state of Israel.
Speakers at the symposium were Dexter Van Zile, Christian Media Analyst at CAMERA, Robert Nicholson, Research Associate at the Paul E. Singer Foundation – both of whom came to Israel to audit and critique CATC – and Yitzhak Santis, Chief Programs Officer for NGO Monitor and director of its newest project “BDS in the Pews”.
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The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem hosted a mission of high level executives from the Argentinian branch of Securitas – a multinational security company with 300,000 employees in 53 counties – March 21-31.
The mission was initiated by B’nai B’rith Argentina that has maintained a long relationship with the company through its extensive corporate responsibility programs.
B’nai B’rith Argentina Treasurer David Petliuk and Development Director Sergio Skliavski joined the group of nine corporate executives for the mission. The intensive program planned and implemented by the World Center included meetings with twelve Israeli security-oriented high-tech companies coordinated by the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute.
Site visits were also made to leading Israeli defense and security firms: Magal Security Systems, Elbit Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems. The group also visited major security-sensitive sites such as the Separation Barrier, Ben Gurion Airport, Ashdod Maritime Port, Bank Leumi’s security headquarters and the Israel Police’s “Mabat 2000” Jerusalem Old City surveillance center to get a sense of how Israel copes with varied security challenges.
While in the country, the group visited the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, toured the border with Lebanon with IDF commanders and view the strategic importance of the Samaria mountain range.
The ten-day program included in-depth visits to historic and national sites including Jerusalem’s Old City, Caesarea, Old Jaffa, Nazareth, Golan Heights, Bethlehem, Israel Museum, Knesset and Yad Vashem.
Howard Jacobson at B’nai B’rith World Center “Jerusalem Address:” Jews will never be forgiven the Holocaust
Award-winning British novelist and columnist Howard Jacobson delivered the B’nai B’rith World Center 'Jerusalem Address' entitled "When will Jews be forgiven the Holocaust?" on October 7 in Jerusalem. The event was chaired by B’nai B’rith World Center Chairman, Dr. Haim V. Katz and concluding remarks were made by British Ambassador H.E. Matthew Gould.
In his address, Jacobson argued that anti-Semites sought to deny the Holocaust and hid behind criticism of Israel, to both disguise and excuse the guilt of their anti-Jewish sentiment. The 2010 Man Booker Prize winner stated that “The shocking psychological truth is that man rejects the burden of guilt by turning the tables on those we have wronged and portraying ourselves as the victims of their suffering. The Roman historian Tacitus spells it out. 'It is part of human life,' he wrote,' to hate the man you have hurt.' Those we harm, we blame - mobilizing dislike and even hatred in order to justify, after the event, the harm we did. From which it must follow that those who are harmed the most, as in the case of the Shoah – are blamed the most.” He said that, "Anyone who cannot bear to look at the reflection of his conscience in the mirror of a crime, has only to smash the mirror to feel innocent." (More of this story here).
The Liaison Committee – a joint forum of the B’nai B'rith World Center and the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel - met in September in Jerusalem to discuss the advent of an independent Christian voice in Israel calling on their community to turn away from past antagonism and alienation towards the State of Israel and to integrate fully into the civic life of the Jewish state.
The symposium took place in light of new activism among the minority Christian population in northern Israel encouraging Christian youth to volunteer for military and civil service. "The Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum" was founded in 2012 by Christians in Nazareth in reaction to anti-Christian persecution and negation of the rights of Christians in neighboring countries and throughout the Middle East. According to figures recently released by the Prime Minister's, the activities of the Forum have tripled Christian volunteer enlistment into the IDF from 35 to 100 while 500 young members of the community have volunteered for National Service. Among the most enthusiastic supporters of the integration of Christians into state institutions and military service is Father Gabriel Naddaf, a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church in Nazareth and spiritual leader of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum. Speaking at the Liaison Committee meeting, Naddaf said that the vast majority of Israeli Christian want to be better integrated into the life of Israel despite opposition from the much larger Arab Moslem population that, in effect dominates them: “Our plan is to integrate the Christian population, not just in words, but in action. (More of this story here)
B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider was on hand on August 28 for a moving unveiling ceremony of a renovated tombstone on the grave of David Salata in the historic cemetery of Zichron Yaacov, one of the earliest Jewish settlements established in the modern era in pre-state Israel and known for its Carmel winery. The tombstone was placed by his only surviving child, Aviva (75) in a moving ceremony with the participation of family members, friends and the Chief Rabbi of Zichron Yaacov.
David Salata, a Mandatory gendarme, died of a sudden heart attack at a young age on 18 Sept 1946 during a wave of Arab violence leaving a widow, two boys Simcha and Eliezer and Aviva, the youngest (8).
Due to the security situation and the family's abject poverty, only a wet slab of concrete was hastily laid over the grave with the name "Salata" drawn by fellow gendarme with his finger. (More of this story here)
B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider represented B’nai B’rith at an 9/11 commemoration ceremony held at the 9/11 Living Memorial in the Arazim Valley near Jerusalem along with members of the diplomatic corps and US-based Jewish organizations.
In this comments at the event, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dov Shefi, whose son Hagai was among the five Israelis who died in the Islamic-inspired al Qaida attack in New York, warned that the militant Islam that brought down the Twin Towers and damaged the Pentagon on 9/11 is still bent on conquering the world.
Focusing part of his comments on the current situation in Syria, US ambassador Daniel Shapiro said: “Our resolve should not be in doubt: that the people of Syria can live without the shadow of terror.” (More of this story here)
B'nai B'rith World Center director Alan Schneider participated in July in the inaugural meeting of the Knesset Lobby for the Struggle Against Antisemitism. At the beginning of the meeting Lobby chairman MK Shimon Ohayon (Likud Yisrael Beitenu) pointed to recent indents of antisemitism, such as the display of a Star of David on a pig by former Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters during a concert and the rise of the Jobbik party in Hungary. He said that one of the responsibilities of the lobby will be to promote the passage of legislation in foreign parliaments that will criminalize anti-Semitic behavior such as this. Minister for Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett (HaBayit HaYehudi) noted that antisemitism is not new but has plagued the Jewish people since the Exodus from Egypt when the ancient Hebrews were attacked by Amalek. (More of this story here)
B'nai B'rith World Center Director Alan Schneider and Haim Roet, Chairman of the Committee to Recognize the Heroism of Jews who Rescused Fellow Jews During The Holocaust (JRJ) presented a Jewish Rescuers Citation in July to Dina "Donia" Ostrover (90) at her home in Ramat Gan.
Dina Ostrover was born in Stryi, Ukraine as Donia Pickholz, the youngest of four children in an Orthodox Jewish family. The Germans captured the area in June 1941 and assembled the Jews in a ghetto. 1,000 Jews from the city were murdered in a nearby forest in September 1941. A year later the Germans conducted the first Aktion in the city, rounding up and deporting some 5,000 Jews to the Belzec death camp. In the second Aktion in October 1942, the Germans discovered the Ostrover family in hiding and they were loaded onto cattle cars along with other Jews. During the journey, Donia’s father encouraged her to jump from the moving train. She lost consciousness in the fall, but fortunately landed behind a bush that concealed her, returning to the ghetto psychologically broken. Donia's uncle managed to procure a counterfeit Ukrainian birth certificate for her and Donia stole out of the ghetto incognito. Posing as a non-Jewish Ukrainian orphan, she found work as a laborer at an inn which served German officers next to the town of Bolechow, not far from Stryi. (More of this story here).
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