Weekly News Items from the Israeli Press, May 5, 2011
JFNA in the Israeli Press
(JPost) The Jewish Federations of North America announced on Thursday it had raised approximately $925 million dollars in 2010, a decrease of $13 million from its intake in 2009.
JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press
(JPost) JTA, JDC and Project HEART launch free services.
Welfare and Social Issues
(JPost) Many Holocaust survivors live in severe poverty, unaware of the benefits owed them, and must fight the system to realize their rights.
(JPost) The social and economic needs of Israel’s Holocaust survivor population are expected to increase dramatically in the next four years, according to a study being released Sunday.
(JPost) Sixty-six years after the fall of the Third Reich, the State of Israel still has no comprehensive database to identify who suffered through the Holocaust and still struggles to clarify exactly who is a survivor, The Jerusalem Post heard on Sunday.
(JPost) Incorporating battle-tested Israeli know-how, a Ben-Gurion University of the Negev research team has developed a website to improve emergency preparedness, by helping coordinate effective communications with medical and rescue services.
(Haaretz) Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is taking part in a new campaign against the deportation of children of foreign workers.
(JPost) Israel has the highest rate of child poverty among the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with more than a quarter of children living in poor households, a report issued by the Paris-based organization has revealed.
(JPost) There are bound to be miscarriages of justice from time to time in any country and under any system. However, the disturbing acquittal of three men on charges of murder after they and seven friends brutally beat a 59-year-old man to death should raise eyebrows.
(JPost) The dropout rate among 733 physicians who were licensed in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006 is relatively high, between 5.5 percent and 12% of those contacted in a telephone survey, a new Ben-Gurion University study shows.
Israel – Diaspora relations
(JPost) We might want to start practicing some of the tolerance that has become a pillar of US society in order to mend the rift between us.
(JPost) For the two Jewish centers truly to engage one another on all levels, each would have to reach out fully to the other while fully holding its own.
(JPost) Unlike military battles, Israelis cannot confront the delegitizimation campaigns alone. Israel and the Diaspora must work together.
(Forward) If you’ve felt embarrassed by Israel lately, what follows might really offend you. But first, a parable.
(YNet) Statistics indicate 55% increase in recycling bins across country, including in Arab communities. Environmental Protection Ministry promises to expand plan by 2013 to over 15,000 bins
(JPost) Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan is thinking globally and acting locally.
(JPost) Tel-Aviv Yafo has joined a host of European cities by initiating a bike rental program within its borders – allowing commuters to hop on and off at locations scattered throughout the municipality
(JPost) The Jerusalem-based Shalem Center think tank got a step closer to realizing its dream of establishing Israel’s first liberal arts college, thanks to a $12.5 million grant from the Tikva Fund, the center announced on Tuesday.
(Haaretz) Zvi Zameret, who heads the ministry's pedagogical secretariat, says that civics courses in Israeli schools do not include enough material relating to 'Jewish history and religion.'
Jewish- Israeli Arab Co-Existence
(YNet) A decline is being recorded in the number of Jews in mixed cities, while the number of Arabs is on the rise, according to a study conducted ahead of the Ramla Conference: Between Israel and the Nations.
(JPost) An interdenominational delegation from Israel will meet with a prominent Muslim preacher in Istanbul on Wednesday to discuss ways to enhance understanding between the faiths.
Yom HaShoah 2011
(JPost) Likeness of tree mentioned in teenager’s diary to be unveiled for Remembrance Day.
(JPost) For Yad Vashem campaign described as "race against time," thousands of survivors' personal relics are collected and preserved.
(Haaretz) Israelis across the nation paused in memory of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, as a siren sounded throughout Israel on Monday.
(YNet) Israel on Sunday launched a commission to track down property taken from Holocaust victims across Europe and get compensation for wartime losses.
(Ynet) At just 15 Avi Be'eri was sold to slave traders who smuggled him into Israel from Guinea, he managed to turn his life around and will now become an IDF officer.
Op-Eds from the Hebrew Press
Yediot Ahronot regrets that Egyptian authorities have made it clear that the Israeli media will not be welcome at today's signing in Cairo of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement. Regarding the ceremony itself, the author avers that, "This will be a scripted wedding replete with bride, groom and ushers; only the cousins will be absent. And tomorrow, masses of fervent Egyptian students will go shout and burn flags opposite the Israeli Embassy. We are promised a demonstration in which 1 million people will demand that the expulsion of the ambassador, the abrogation of the peace and the eradication of whatever signs remain of cooperation."
Ma'ariv writes: "Four transports. Five selections. An operation under full anesthesia in a forced labor camp. He was taken from the Lodz Ghetto to Auschwitz-Birkenau. And survived. He immigrated to the Land. Fought in the War of Independence. Was wounded in the 1956 war. He does not leave the country. Does not board a plane. Does not embark upon a tour of his roots. He always says that, 'I have seen enough of classical Europe'. He is the most ardent Zionist I know. He does not open doors because - maybe the Gestapo will come. He listens to the news every hour. He does not forget and he does not forgive. He remembers it all. My father."
Yisrael Hayom believes that, "The Egyptian-sponsored agreement between Abu Mazen and Khaled Mashaal has made it easier for Israel to explain its position," and points out that, "Hamas has reiterated that it is uninterested in a solution of two states for two peoples and if anyone had any doubts, Ismail Haniyeh hastened to condemn the elimination of Osama Bin Laden." "However," the author cautions, "The benefit is liable to be short-lived," and speculates that Europe may, by September, accept Abu Mazen's blandishments in order to justify the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state." The paper warns that the promised Palestinian elections, "are liable to end in a sweeping victory for the Islamic extremists," and adds that, "Such things have happened." The author says that, "Nobody knows whether the Israeli message that Netanyahu is carrying with him to Europe will fall on attentive ears and for how long," and ventures that, "The results of his European trip will – to a large degree – shape his speech to the US Congress at a time when President Barack Obama has been strengthened, but when Hamas's reprehensible image has been soured over Bin Laden."