B'nai B'rith International kicked off February with a European Union Activism Seminar for college students, co-hosted with B'nai B'rith Europe, DOJAS and EUJS. The 20 participants came from a diverse background and geographic area, traveling from 19 different countries on four continents.
The primary goals of the seminar were providing an overview about how the EU works, building skills of advocacy with EU institutions and discussing issues that matter to the Jewish community.
B'nai B'rith organized panels with civil servants, diplomats, elected members of the European Parliament, lobbyists and staffers to show the participants how policy is made in the EU, from both an inside and outside perspective.
Jeremy Levin was a participant in the week-long seminar and left inspired to do more to advance Jewish causes in the EU.
"Last week was a phenomenal week, and I wanted to thank you for organizing the panels, meals, housing, and more for the EU Activism Seminar," Levin said. "I learned much more than I could have imagined, and have already begun to share my findings with friends and family, both within the EU and all over the world.
"Handfuls of people have contacted me with an interest in learning about our seminar, in addition to the great organizations that put on the event. I am gladly sharing what I gained while in Brussels."
Leeor Groen took advantage of the networking opportunities and is pursuing an internship to delve deeper into the world of Jewish advocacy.
"I am really appreciative of the unique opportunities we had and the things we got to see and do," Groen noted. "I took a particular interest in the work [Head of International Affairs in the Italian Ministry of Economic Development] Pasquale De Micco was doing, given that this is my field of study.
"I am very open to any opportunities and would really value the opportunity to come back."
View a slideshow from the event, below (all photos courtesy of EUJS):
English-language internet radio station TLV1, based in Tel Aviv, included a segment on France’s foreign ministry advising its citizens to avoid investing in parts of Israel. The concern is that this call for divestment could become a European trend.
On the program “So Much To Say,” B’nai B’rith International Director of European Affairs Nuno Wahnon discussed this troubling topic.
To hear his full interview, click the player below:
The European Parliament elections are taking place this weekend, drawing concerns from the global Jewish community as radical political groups could upset the balance in Europe.
Nuno Wahnon, director of European Union Affairs for B'nai B'rith, was a guest on So Much To Say on TLV1, an English-language internet radio broadcast from Tel Aviv.
Wahnon noted that while these parties and politicians may resonate with voters during uncertain economic times, the established parties will regain their footing.
Listen to the excerpt below, and check out the full episode of So Much To Say:
Judaïca Strasbourg: "Magdi Cristiano Allam invite du Bar Des Fleurs | Radio Judaïca Strasbourg" (FRENCH)
Dimanche 9 Février à 12h00 : Le Bar des Fleurs une émission présenté par Nuno Wahnon Martins en partenariat avec le B’nai B’rith France et le B’nai B’rith International. Le Bar des Fleurs, c’est l’analyse européenne de l’actu internationale et proche-orientale.”
Pour cette émission Le Bar des Fleurs invite Magdi Cristiano Allam : journaliste et homme politique italien d’origine égyptienne, musulman converti au catholicisme, il a été un des sous-directeurs du quotidien Corriere della Sera, où il s’occupait des sujets relatifs au Proche-Orient et de ses relations avec l’Occident..
Le Bar des Fleurs Dimanche 12h00, présenté par Nuno Wahnon Martins en partenariat avec le B’nai B’rith France et le B’nai B’rith International. Le Bar des Fleurs, c’est l’analyse européenne de l’actu internationale et proche-orientale”
Pour cette émission Le Bar des Fleurs invite Umberto GAMBINI : conseiller de l’eurodéputé espagnol Ramon Tremosa i balcells membre du Groupe Alliance des démocrates et des libéraux pour l’Europe.
Présenté par Nuno Wahnon Martins en partenariat avec le B’nai B’rith France et le B’nai B’rith International. Le Bar des Fleurs, c’est l’analyse européenne de l’actu internationale et proche-orientale” depuis le Parlement européen de Strasbourg.
Pour cette deuxième émission, Le Bar des Fleurs invite Ioan Enciu, députés européen roumain, membre du Groupe de l’Alliance Progressiste des Socialistes et Démocrates.
Retrouvez la première émission du Bar des fleurs en podcast, une émission présentée par Nuno Wahnon Martins avec le Bn’ai B’rith France et le B’nai B’rith International avec pour invitée Veronica Lope Fontagné
Until 2009, right-wing Portuguese politician Jose Ribeiro e Castro didn’t have much interest in the expulsion of his country’s Jewish community in the 16th century. That changed once Ribeiro e Castro opened a Facebook account.
Online, the 60-year-old lawmaker and journalist connected to several Sephardic Jews, descendants of a once robust Jewish community numbering in the hundreds of thousands, many of whom were forced into exile in 1536 during the Portuguese Inquisition. Eventually the encounters morphed into a commitment to rectify a historic injustice.
For Ribeiro e Castro, correcting the injustice meant spearheading a bill to naturalize the Jewish descendants of expelled Jews, a measure that unanimously passed the Portuguese parliament in April and went on the books last week, making Portugal the only country besides Israel with a Jewish law of return.
“The law is a commendable initiative,” said Nuno Wahnon Martins, the Lisbon-born director of European affairs for B’nai B’rith International. “It has economic considerations as well, which do not subtract from parliament’s worthy decision...more.
by Cnaan Liphshiz
In his many years of service for France’s spy agency, Claude Moniquet has seen much evidence linking Hezbollah to terrorist-related activities in Europe and beyond.
The attacks, says Moniquet, a 20-year veteran of the DGSE intelligence service, go back as far as 1983, to the bombing of military barracks in Beirut that killed nearly 300 people, including 58 French soldiers.
“It implicates the much bigger financial structure that facilitated the attack,” said Nuno Wahnon Martins, director of European Affairs at B'nai B'rith. “[It] means Hezbollah’s entire drug-smuggling and money-laundering operations are serving the organization’s terrorist activities.” ...more.
Twitter must divulge details about French users who posted anti-Semitic messages, a French tribunal ruled.
Thursday's order by a Grand Instance Court judge in Paris came in response to a lawsuit by the Union of French Jewish Students that sought to limit the impunity with which Twitter users may disseminate anti-Semitic incitement.
“Social networks were created as essentially democratic tools that are also being used by people who oppose democratic principles,” Nuno Wahnon Martins, director of European Affairs at B'nai B'rith International, told JTA. “Like any democracy, the social networks also need to defend themselves, and the first step is to deny those who spread hate speech in anonymity as something to hide behind...more.
During a visit to the Dutch capital’s Portuguese Synagogue, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said European Jews “exemplify cultural integration.”
Barroso, a former prime minister of his native Portugal who today holds the most powerful position in the European Union, visited the synagogue on Jan. 8. He also said Jews were “at the front line of the fight against extremism.”
“For Jews, the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam represents religious freedom, and I think that is part of the importance of President Barroso’s visit here,” Nuno Wahnon Martins, the Lisbon-born director of European Affairs at B'nai B'rith International, told JTA...more.
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