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maandag 4 jul 2016
Bron:  De Morgen - foto: Elie Wiesel [rv]
Elie Wiesel [rv]

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust-overlever en laureaat van de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede, is op 87-jarige leeftijd overleden in de Verenigde Staten. Dat meldt het Israëlische Holocaust-memoriaal Yad Vashem.
"Met zijn buitengewone persoonlijkheid en fascinerende boeken verpersoonlijkte Wiesel de overwinning van de menselijke geest op de wreedheid en het kwade", reageerde de Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

Wiesel werd in 1928 geboren in Roemenië. Toen hij 15 jaar was, werd hij gedeporteerd naar het concentratiekamp Auschwitz. Hij verloor er zijn moeder en een zus. Elie Wiesel zelf, die ook in het concentratiekamp Buchenwald verbleef, overleefde de gruwel.

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog kwam Wiesel in Frankrijk terecht. Later verhuisde hij naar de VS en in de jaren zestig verkreeg hij de Amerikaanse nationaliteit. In 1986 kreeg hij de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede voor zijn boodschap van "vrede, boetedoening en menswaardigheid".

Elie Wiesel schreef verschillende boeken over zijn oorlogservaringen en was ook professor, filosoof en mensenrechtenactivist. Hij zette zich in om de herinnering aan de slachtoffers van de Holocaust levend te houden. In juni 2009 bracht hij met de Amerikaanse president Barack Obama en de Duitse bondskanselier Angela Merkel een bezoek aan het vroegere concentratiekamp Buchenwald. ...


donderdag 2 jun 2016
Bron:  Times of Israel - foto: Ambassadeur Danny Danon [Shachar Ezran]

Danny Danon (Photo Shachar Ezran)Israel hosts first-ever anti-BDS conference at UN - 31 May 2016 
Israeli envoy says movement represents 'modern-day anti-Semitism'
WJC's Ron Lauder vows to 'commit all resources' to fight it.

Amb. Danny Danon: 'This is the kind of hatred the UN was founded to eradicate. Now it is funding a blacklist of Jewish companies and businesses'

UNITED NATIONS – More than 2,000 people attended on Tuesday the first-ever conference at the UN General Assembly aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, the largest gathering to date focused on battling the attempt to pressure Israel over its perceived ill-treatment of the Palestinians.

Students, activists, dignitaries legal professionals and representatives of Jewish organizations took part in the "Building Bridges, Not Boycotts" day-long summit, a partnership between Israel's Mission to the UN and a dozen pro-Israel organizations including the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Organization of America, StandWithUs, B'nai B'rith International, Hillel and CAMERA.

Among those who addressed the participants in the General Assembly were Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, Vice President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Jay Sekulow, Chief Legal Counsel of the American Center for Law, and Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the opening session via video. ...


maandag 22 feb 2016
Bron:  JPost - foto: Pluristem CEO en COO Yaky Yanai @ Pluristem [Courtesy]

Pluristem CEO and COO Yaky Yanai, and Pluristem trials. (photo credit:Courtesy)"US government to stock Israeli bio-tech cure for lethal radiation in 2017" - JPost

Pluristem Therapeutics developed ground-breaking cell therapy that can heal 100% of patients exposed to radiological attack; Company hopes to hold contacts with Israeli authorities soon.

An Israeli biotech company has developed an anti-radiation therapy that the US government will likely begin stocking next year, and which is able to cure nearly all patients exposed to nonconventional radiological incidents such as "dirty" bombs, or attacks on nuclear power plants.

Pluristem Theraputecs, based in Haifa, has developed a placenta- based cell therapy, which involves injecting patients who have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation.

Clinical trials have so far yielded a near 100 percent recovery rate for animals exposed to radiation, Yaky Yanay, president and chief operating officer of Pluristem, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. ...


woensdag 27 jan 2016
Bron:  Raphael Werner, voorzitter FJO / AJC- logo en Burgemeester Bart De Wever [Wikipedia]
Het AJC Transatlantic Institute heeft eind vorig jaar de campagne "Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism"  ter bestrijding van het antisemitisme gelanceerd bij de burgemeesters van Europa en de Verenigde Staten.

Er hebben reeds honderden burgemeesters ondertekend in de VSA in 2015, en de campagne heeft momenteel de steun van zo'n 30-tal Europese burgemeesters, o.a. de Londense burgemeester Boris Johnson.

Het Forum der Joodse Organisaties heeft zich geassocieerd met dit project en is verheugd u te kunnen meedelen dat Burgemeester Bart De Wever het initiatief van het AJC steunt en als eerste burgemeester van België de verklaring heeft ondertekend.
Dit geeft een sterk signaal voor Antwerpen en voor heel Vlaanderen.


woensdag 27 jan 2016
Bron:  JPost - foto: Memor kaars (illustr.)

"International Holocaust Remembrance Day spans across religions and borders" - JPost - By Sam Sokol - 27/1/2016

Last week, the Vatican issued a statement saying the memorial day "calls for a universal and ever deeper respect for the dignity of every person," Radio Vatican reported.

Nations and Jewish communities around the globe are set to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday with ceremonies and memorials coinciding with the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

In Washington, US President Barack Obama will attend a ceremony at the Israeli Embassy posthumously honoring four Righteous Among the Nations – non- Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

"The US president has not been at the embassy in the US for many years," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday at the weekly cabinet meeting, calling the event "another testament that the US-Israel relationship... is very strong and stable" despite disagreements between the two states.

Among those being honored is US Army master-sergeant Roddie Edmonds (died 1985), from Knoxville, Tennessee, who, when imprisoned in a German POW camp, refused to identify Jewish soldiers under his command, telling the camp commandant: "We are all Jews." ...


dinsdag 30 jun 2015
Bron:  i24news/ USnews/ NIW - foto: Barack Obama, President van de VSA [AP]

US President Barack Obama_AP"Obama signs anti-BDS bill into law" - Times of Israel

President approves provisions making rejection of Israel boycott a key objective in trade talks with EU

WASHINGTON — After a grueling legislative battle, US President Barack Obama signed into law a controversial trade measure that also contains landmark legislation combating the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in Europe.

The broader legislation faced an uphill battle after Obama's usual allies — Democrats in the House of Representative — bucked his authority and voted against key provisions out of concern that liberalization of trade could impact American jobs.

But on Monday, Obama signed into law the so-called "fast track" authorization that will allow US trade negotiators to work out a long-awaited deal with Asian states known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trade Promotion Authority legislation also contained the anti-BDS provisions, which make rejection of the phenomenon a top priority for US negotiators as they work on a more distant free trade agreement with the European Union. ...


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