by Ron Kampeas
Jewish groups that care for the elderly were looking forward to the election — not because they favored a candidate or a party — they just wanted it to be over. They want Washington’s fractious establishment to get back to figuring out how best to fund programs the groups say are essential.
Between Nov. 6 and Jan. 1, Congress and the Obama administration are set to head off “sequestration,” when massive across-the-board cuts go into effect with the new year...Rachel Goldberg, who directs aging policy for B’nai B’rith International, outlined a number of sources of funding for elderly care that would be subject to the across-the-board 8.5 percent cuts.
Cuts to housing payments administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, she said, could within a year see homes for the elderly close units. “People could be evicted,” she said.
Cheryl Hancock speaks with Alan Schneider, director of the B'nai B'rith World Center - Jerusalem. Listen below:
Las autoridades de B'nai B'rith Internacional felicitaron hoy al presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, por el triunfo conseguido en las elecciones presidenciales que le permitió acceder a un nuevo período de cuatro años.
“Como organización humanitaria judía centrada en la protección y la seguridad de Israel, los derechos humanos, las cuestiones de la tercera edad, la tolerancia y la diversidad, B'nai B'rith siguió de cerca la campaña de 2012 en los temas importantes para los judíos a nivel nacional y mundial”, transmitió la organización...more.
Em 1 de novembro a B’nai B’rith Argentina e a Fundação OSDE comemoraram os 10 anos do Programa Nacional de Doação de Medicamentos “Prof. Adolfo Cheistwer”. Em uma cerimônia comovente as duas instituições renovaram seu compromisso de trabalhar em favor dos setores mais vulneráveis da sociedade. O Programa Nacional de Doações teve início em 2001 quando a população argentina encontrava-se sob a mais profunda crise econômica...more.
by Mike Isaacs
Nearly 1,700 veterans die every day in the United States. The number of veterans — especially from World War II — continue to dwindle every Veterans Day.
Weinstein Funeral Home of Wilmette, Piser Funeral Home of Skokie and B’Nai B’rith will honor Jewish World War II veterans with a breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 9559 Skokie Blvd. Veterans Day is Sunday.
Although these institutions and others have paid tribute to Jewish war veterans in the past, this is the first such Veterans Day breakfast.
Titus Corlăţean, ministrul de Externe, a avut, marţi, o întrevedere cu Erika Van Gelder, vicepreşedinte al organizaţiei B’nai B’rith Europa, context în care cei doi oficiali au exprimat îngrijorarea faţă de tendinţele din ultima perioadă, în unele state europene, de revalorizare a unor acţiuni şi poziţii xenofobe şi antisemite şi au condamnat ferm aceste manifestări...more.
Globalpost (op-ed): The great EU distraction: A moment for Iran to change the subject from nuclear to human rights
by Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of B'nai B'rith International
Iran handed the world an unintentionally belated gift by disinviting a delegation from the European Parliament, the legislative body of the European Union, to a planned visit to Tehran, ostensibly to talk about human rights. It seems the EU group had the audacity to ask to meet with two Iranian human rights activists the EU had awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Tehran’s cancelling the trip speaks volumes about Iran’s disregard for human rights and the regime’s disparagement of serious discussion about its human rights record.
The trip was a bad idea from the start. The group was roundly criticized for both its limited announced agenda and for offering the opportunity for the Iranians to take advantage of their visit to gain badly needed legitimacy.
Tehran is facing increasingly tough sanctions for its incessant pursuit of nuclear weapons. But this delegation of Members of Parliament was so determined to make the visit for the visit’s sake that it is unlikely they would have pressed Tehran on its nuclear weapons program.
If Iranian leaders could not even follow through on their promise to talk about human rights, why would they act on the up-and-up on something as threatening as Iran’s nuclear weapons program?
To be sure, any examination of human rights is important, especially in an oppressive and intolerant regime that readily detains, jails and executes political dissenters, juvenile offenders and adherents of the Baha’i faith. But Tehran did not have to be the place for such a discussion. Calling out Iran as the serial human rights abuser it is can easily be done from Brussels or Geneva.
This parliamentary delegation planned to travel to Tehran to meet with a regime that the EU has been trying to isolate. A visit like this would have handed the Iranians a gift of distraction—moving the focus off its nuclear weapons program while posing for photos with their invited guests.
Why, when Europe is implementing its strongest sanctions yet—and a toll is, finally, being taken on the Iranian economy—would an international delegation go off to Teheran?
More pressure and more sanctions need to be brought, certainly not more engagement. Most world leaders agree that Iran poses the greatest threat to global stability today. With the clock ticking, it is Iran’s nuclear ambitions that must be addressed now.
Had this trip taken place it would have been counterproductive to the attempt at isolating Iran, which the United States and the EU have been working to achieve. Making the trek to Iran in this way would have sent the wrong message to a country that has no regard for its own people and surely no regard for international peace or stability.
The last time the European Union sent a parliamentary delegation to Iran was in 2007. Several people were hanged in public during that visit in a clear showing of disregard for the European representatives.
There is no “bridge building” with an international pariah. Iran’s status as the largest state-sponsor of global terrorism has not changed. Iran’s threats against Israel have not subsided. Certainly the members of Parliament who planned to travel to Tehran should not have fallen for this blatant distraction.
We spoke out against the trip when it was originally announced and urged the members of European Parliament to cancel it.
The EU parliamentarians have learned about Iran the hard way. There is nothing reasonable about those who abuse human rights—or who are clearly bent on producing a nuclear weapon.
Daniel S. Mariaschin is executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International. He directs and supervises B’nai B’rith programs, activities and staff in more than 50 countries where B’nai B’rith is organized.
by Jeremy Sharon
The B'nai B'rith organization along with The Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel kicked off a joint conference on Monday night focused on countering anti-Israel sentiment within the large Protestant churches around the world. According to Alan Schneider, director of the B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem, protestant churches have over the past two decades become increasingly aligned against Israel.
This trend was forcefully underlined in October when 15 senior leaders of mainline Protestant churches in America sent a letter to Congress last month calling for an investigation and possible suspension of US military aid to Israel...more.
The official opening of 237 new affordable rental housing units for seniors living on low income and persons with disabilities was held today in Toronto. The project received more than $28.4 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. The construction of this project created more than 592 jobs in Toronto.
"These new affordable homes will allow seniors to live in safety and dignity. I want to congratulate B'nai B'rith and Patricia and Bathurst Developments for their tremendous effort in partnership with the City of Toronto and the federal and provincial governments," said Councillor Pasternak. "It affirms our commitment that we must strive toward an age-friendly city and dedicate ourselves to the truism that societies are often judged on how they treat their aging members."
"B'nai Brith Canada has always been at the cutting edge of both its social service and advocacy," said Eric Bissell, National President of B'nai Brith Canada. "This building provides the highest standard of living accommodation for seniors at an affordable rate, bears witness to B'nai Briths motto 'People Helping People'...more.
JTA: Negotiations with Iran over Jewish center bombing ‘positive,’ says Argentina’s foreign minister
Three days of negotiations between Argentina and Iran over the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center have been "very positive," Argentina's foreign minister announced.
The statement came Wednesday at the Government House after three days of meetings between authorities of both nations at the United Nations' headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
On Monday, after the first day of negotiations, B'nai B'rith International stated that “such a political negotiation could violate Argentina’s own constitution, which calls for the extradition of those accused in the attack. Accordingly, no political negotiation can be done while there is a judicial investigation.” The statement released also said that “Iran has steadily infiltrated Latin America, creating strong and dangerous ties with Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador These meetings Argentina is holding give undue legitimacy to a terror-sponsoring regime...more.
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