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World Jewish Congress blasts UNHRC’s approval of five anti-Israel resolutions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer on Friday blasted the United Nations Human Rights Council for its adoption of five anti-Israel resolutions, four of which fell under Item 7 targeting Israel, the only country-specific permanent item on the Council’s agenda, and one under Item 2.The four resolutions under Item 7 dealt with accusations of Israeli abuses in the Golan Heights (26 in favor, 16 against, and 5 abstentions), and the Palestinian territories (39 in favor, 3 against, and 5 abstentions), settlement construction (32 in favor, 5 against, 10 abstentions), and the right for Palestinian self-determination (41 in favor, 3 against, and 2 abstentions). The fifth resolution, on Israeli accountability for the violence on the Gaza border, was debated under Item 2 and passed with 23 in favor, 8 against, and 15 abstentions, gathering the support of less than half of the Council members.
“The United Nations Human Rights Council has again shown its true colors, cynically exploiting its mandate of promoting human rights worldwide by focusing obsessively on Israel, while missing the opportunity to address and contend with the ongoing abuses carried out by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority against their own people,” Singer said.
“Each of these resolutions derail any chance for meaningful and effective debate and underscore the fact that the Council has indeed become a theater of the absurd,” Singer added. “The resolutions on Palestinian human rights unbelievably never even once mention Hamas, the violence it incites against its own citizens, or its repeated use of civilians as human shields. The resolution on Golan is just as disconnected, going so far as to accuse Israel of obstructing the ‘fundamental rights’ of non-Jewish citizens in that area, while conveniently and completely ignoring that these citizens enjoy full protection under Israeli law and even voluntarily and proudly serve in the Israel Defense Forces.”
“These resolutions, and the very existence of the anti-Israel Item 7 as the only country-specific item on the Council’s agenda, fully disregard the realities and complexities on the ground, imposing wild double standards on the State of Israel, to the detriment and disservice of all,” Singer said. “This one-sided approach directly harms the prospects for a negotiated two-state solution as the only long-term answer to Palestinian suffering and undermines the UNHRC’s credibility as a body dedicated to defending human rights around the world and minimizes its chances of having a positive influence towards achieving peace in the region.
“The World Jewish Congress, under the leadership of President Ronald S. Lauder, reiterates its deep appreciation to those member states who did not support these resolutions, standing up for principle and morality. We urge all the democracies at the Council to adopt a similar stance, whenever and wherever such egregious allegations against Israel are raised. This is not just for the benefit of the State of Israel, but for human rights, truth and justice as a whole,” Singer said.

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Teva and New Jersey Governor Murphy Formalize North America Headquarters Move with Ceremony in Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 ottobre 2018

Teva Pharmaceuticals announced that Teva executives Kåre Schultz and Brendan O’Grady, alongside State of New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, formalized Teva’s commitment to consolidate its North America Commercial business areas into New Jersey (NJ) today at the company’s global headquarters in Petach Tikva, Israel.Announced earlier this year as part of a global restructuring process, Teva will establish its North America headquarters in Parsippany-Troy Hills, including more than 1,000 high-wage jobs and the transfer and creation of more than 800 positions. Teva accepted an offer of 10-year, $40 million tax savings incentives from the NJ Economic Development Authority to move forward with its plan to negotiate a lease for office space in the Parsippany-Troy Hills area.“We’re entering into a new era of innovation and growth as a leading global generics and biopharmaceuticals company,” said Brendan O’Grady, EVP and Head of North America Commercial, Teva. “New Jersey offers Teva North America a value proposition of a unique biopharma cluster of universities and life sciences organizations in which Teva can build its future in North America—and today’s event is an important recognition of this milestone.”This ceremony marks another step forward in Teva’s global restructuring efforts to drive savings, restore financial security and stabilize its business. Reducing the number of sites is part of Teva’s strategy to unify and simplify the organization, as well as improve productivity and efficiencies.“We’re pleased to honor Teva today in recognition of its long-time partnership and commitment to innovation in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “The presence of global life sciences companies like Teva is critical to our ability to strengthen our prosperous innovation ecosystem. We’re excited to welcome Teva to the Garden State–the location to be for the world’s most competitive life sciences companies.”

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Israel has proven that humanitarian aid takes precedence over political considerations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has praised Israel, with the assistance of the United States, Jordan, Canada, and the EU, for its “critical humanitarian intervention and efforts” in helping hundreds of Syrian ‘White Helmet’ rescue workers and their families flee in a daring overnight evacuation as part of the wider ongoing “Good Neighbor” operation.“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, together with US President Donald Trump, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Western powers involved in today’s critical humanitarian intervention have proven that the provision of humanitarian assistance, no matter how dangerous, takes precedence and prevalence over political considerations,” Lauder said. “Over the last few years, Israel has saved the lives of thousands of wounded Syrians, opening its borders and hospitals to those in need from an enemy nation. Hundreds and thousands of Syrians are still living in imminent danger, and it is beyond praiseworthy to witness the efforts being made on their behalf,” Lauder said.

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“Independence Trail” is located in one of the most central spots in Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 aprile 2018

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, the Israel Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage are proud to inaugurate a new national heritage site in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. Independence Trail invites visitors to discover some of the nation’s most significant historical monuments and explore its cultural and national heritage. The new 1km walking route will bring two stories to life that are central to the story of modern Israel: The birth of Tel Aviv, the first Jewish, self-governed, Hebrew speaking city, in 1909; and how Tel Aviv would make way for the birth of the State of Israel 39 years later in 1948, fulfilling a 2,000-year-old dream.The streets along the Trail and its surrounding area are home to hundreds of technological companies, dozens of restaurants, cafes and bars, the Israeli Stock Exchange, global and national bank headquarters, art galleries and posh residences. Yet the historic importance of this area far exceeds its current-day popularity, and in many ways is the reason for it: at this very spot, two crucial founding acts took place: the birth of Tel Aviv in 1909; and the birth of Israel itself at 1948. On Israel’s 70th Independence Day these two stories will come to life as Independence Trail will be launched.The building of the Trail demanded extensive infrastructure work that has been carried out in the past months including the implementation of a unique lighting system that allows visitors to walk along the trail at night. “Independence Trail” was inspired by the “Freedom Trail” in Boston, one of the most popular heritage sites in the United States. Visitors are invited to experience the history with a unique mobile app, and at each historical spot interactive information pages will appear on the visitor’s device, explaining the point of interest and providing rich historical content and background on the surrounding area. Alternatively, visitors can guide themselves using a map in 8 languages (Hebrew, English, French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese and Russian). Independence Trail will be open free of charge 24/7.The Trail begins at the First Kiosk of Tel Aviv at the intersection of Rothschild Blvd. and Herzl Street, and continues along Rothschild past the Nahum Gutman Fountain, The home of Akiva Aryeh Weiss, The Shalom Meir Tower (former site of the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium, the first Hebrew-speaking high school), The Great Synagogue, the Hagana Museum, The Bank of Israel’s Visitor Center, the Tel Aviv Founders Monument, the Meir Dizengoff statue and Independence Hall which served as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, at the time of the historic ceremony where David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.

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Takeda Israel Awarded the Best Place to Work in Israel for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 aprile 2018

Takeda Israel was recognized as a best place to work in Israel for 2018, according to the annual Workplace program driven by the global research firm BPTW and Best Companies Group USA. Best Places to Work program is an international program providing employers in different regions the opportunity to learn more about the engagement and satisfaction of their employees and honor those who deliver an outstanding work experience. Additionally, The Best Places To Work certification is awarded to organizations where voices are heard, cultures are thriving, and employees are engaged.
Takeda Israel, a Japanese global research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients, received outstanding scores across several aspects of their workplace such as culture, pay and benefits, leadership, opportunities of growth where employees get the right environment to grow to their true potential.“I’m excited and honored to get this important recognition which demonstrates the journey Takeda Israel has gone to become a Best in Class Pharma Provider also from our people perspective,” said Arie Kramer, General Manager for Takeda Israel.“I am proud and inspired by all the great work done leading to this achievement. We are passionate about providing the right environment so our people can shine in their careers,” said Inbal Orbach, HR Director For Takeda Israel.

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70th anniversary of Israel’s independence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 febbraio 2018

Jerusalem, Israel Sunday, April 15, 2018 reception 7:30pm, concert 8:30 pm. International Convention Center Sderot Shazar 1. To mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the extraordinary world premiere in Jerusalem of music rescued from the concentration camps.
A joyful musical testament to hope. Amidst the horrors of the concentration camps, musicians kept playing and composing. We know from the people and documents that survived, that they composed in the hope that their music would some day be played again. For more than three decades, Francesco Lotoro scoured the world looking for the hidden manuscripts and memories of the survivors, piecing together this precious musical testimony. The majority of the music is surprisingly joyful, despite the desperate circumstances in which it was composed and the likelihood that it would never be discovered.
On 15 April 2018, a unique concert will be taking place in the Capital of the Jewish State, where this music will be played to a public audience for the first time.
In the presence of both the President and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin and Benjamin Netanyahu, Francesco Lotoro will lead musicians from The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, alongside a new generation, including students from two schools in the Negev supported by JNF UK and KKL: Bikurim Music School near Gaza, and the Conservatorium of Music in Yerucham.
You have the chance to join them to witness this extraordinary story of defiance: a tribute to the memory of 6 million Jews murdered and a joyous celebration of their hope and belief in the Jewish future.

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World Jewish Congress: Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 dicembre 2017

gerusalemme“President Trump has taken a critical and courageous step today in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and reaffirming the United States’ commitment to a mutually agreed upon two-state solution. Jerusalem is the indisputable capital of Israel and the historic capital of the Jewish people. We hope that the US’ clear declaration to this effect, and its reiteration that this has long been its policy, sends a strong message to the international community of this truth.“The World Jewish Congress fully supports the US position that a peaceful solution to the longstanding conflict must be mutual, and we have affirmed this position in our organizational resolutions and advocacy on the international stage. “As President Trump so rightfully said, Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, all of whom deserve to have their religious sites and historical connection respected. Israel has demonstrated its commitment to that ideal for the past 50 years.“President Trump is a true friend of the Jewish people and we deeply appreciate his call for calm. We hope that this declaration will be the beginning of a fresh political process and a move toward peace and stability in the Middle East.”The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Why Israel needs a Palestinian state

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 maggio 2017

israelTHE victory of Israel over the Arab armies that encircled it in 1967 was so swift and absolute that, many Jews thought, the divine hand must have tipped the scales. Before the six-day war Israel had feared another Holocaust; thereafter it became an empire of sorts. Awestruck, the Jews took the holy sites of Jerusalem and the places of their biblical stories. But the land came with many Palestinians whom Israel could neither expel nor absorb. Was Providence smiling on Israel, or testing it?For the past 50 years, Israel has tried to have it both ways: taking the land by planting Jewish settlements on it; and keeping the Palestinians unenfranchised under military occupation, denied either their own state or political equality within Israel (see our special report in this issue). Palestinians have damaged their cause through decades of indiscriminate violence. Yet their dispossession is a reproach to Israel, which is by far the stronger party and claims to be a model democracy.
Israel’s “temporary” occupation has endured for half a century. The peace process that created “interim” Palestinian autonomy, due to last just five years before a final deal, has dragged on for more than 20. A Palestinian state is long overdue. Rather than resist it, Israel should be the foremost champion of the future Palestine that will be its neighbour. This is not because the intractable conflict is the worst in the Middle East or, as many once thought, the central cause of regional instability: the carnage of the civil wars in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere disproves such notions. The reason Israel must let the Palestinian people go is to preserve its own democracy.
Unexpectedly, there may be a new opportunity to make peace: Donald Trump wants to secure “the ultimate deal” and is due to visit the Holy Land on May 22nd, during his first foreign trip. The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, appears as nervous as the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, seems upbeat. Mr Trump has, rightly, urged Israel to curb settlement-building. Israel wants him to keep his promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. He should hold off until he is ready to go really big: recognise Palestine at the same time and open a second embassy in Jerusalem to talk to it.The outlines of peace are well known. Palestinians would accept the Jewish state born from the war of 1947-48 (made up of about three-quarters of the British mandate of Palestine). In return, Israel would allow the creation of a Palestinian state in the remaining lands it occupied in 1967 (about one-quarter). Parcels could be swapped to take in the main settlements, and Jerusalem would have to be shared. Palestinian refugees would return mostly to their new state, not Israel.The fact that such a deal is familiar does not make it likely. Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abbas will probably string out the process—and try to ensure the other gets blamed for failure. Distracted by scandals, Mr Trump may lose interest; Mr Netanyahu may lose power (he faces several police investigations); and Mr Abbas may die (he is 82 and a smoker). The limbo of semi-war and semi-peace is, sadly, a tolerable option for both.Nevertheless, the creation of a Palestinian state is the second half of the world’s promise, still unredeemed, to split British-era Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. Since the six-day war, Israel has been willing to swap land for peace, notably when it returned Sinai to Egypt in 1982. But the conquests of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were different. They lie at the heart of Israelis’ and Palestinians’ rival histories, and add the intransigence of religion to a nationalist conflict. Early Zionist leaders accepted partition grudgingly; Arab ones tragically rejected it outright. In 1988 the gerusalemmePalestine Liberation Organisation accepted a state on part of the land, but Israeli leaders resisted the idea until 2000. Mr Netanyahu himself spoke of a (limited) Palestinian state only in 2009.Another reason for the failure to get two states is violence. Extremists on both sides set out to destroy the Oslo accords of 1993, the first step to a deal. The Palestinian uprising in 2000-05 was searing. Wars after Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005 made everything worse. As blood flowed, the vital ingredient of peace—trust—died.Most Israelis are in no rush to try offering land for peace again. Their security has improved, the economy is booming and Arab states are courting Israel for intelligence on terrorists and an alliance against Iran. The Palestinians are weak and divided, and might not be able to make a deal. Mr Abbas, though moderate, is unpopular; and he lost Gaza to his Islamist rivals, Hamas. What if Hamas also takes over the West Bank?All this makes for a dangerous complacency: that, although the conflict cannot be solved, it can be managed indefinitely. Yet the never-ending subjugation of Palestinians will erode Israel’s standing abroad and damage its democracy at home. Its politics are turning towards ethno-religious chauvinism, seeking to marginalise Arabs and Jewish leftists, including human-rights groups. The government objected even to a novel about a Jewish-Arab love affair. As Israel grows wealthier, the immiseration of Palestinians becomes more disturbing. Its predicament grows more acute as the number of Palestinians between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean catches up with that of Jews. Israel cannot hold on to all of the “Land of Israel”, keep its predominantly Jewish identity and remain a proper democracy. To save democracy, and prevent a slide to racism or even apartheid, it has to give up the occupied lands.Thus, if Mr Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA) is weak, then Israel needs to build it up, not undermine it. Without progress to a state, the PA cannot maintain security co-operation with Israel for ever; nor can it regain its credibility. Israel should let Palestinians move more freely and remove all barriers to their goods (a freer market would make Israel richer, too). It should let the PA expand beyond its ink-spots. Israel should voluntarily halt all settlements, at least beyond its security barrier.Israel is too strong for a Palestinian state to threaten its existence. In fact, such a state is vital to its future. Only when Palestine is born will Israel complete the victory of 1967. (font: The Economist)

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World Jewish Congress praises US statement rejecting UNHRC’s discrimination against Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 marzo 2017

new yorkNEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress has praised the United States’ envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council for her remarks rejecting the body’s one-sided discrimination against Israel. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert R. Singer, WJC North America Chair Evelyn Sommer and WJC North America Executive Director Betty Ehrenberg sent a letter to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Erin Barclay to express the organization’s appreciation of her remarks, and support for calls to denounce the UNHRC as long as it remains fixated on Israel.“The World Jewish Congress deeply appreciates your remarks in Geneva demanding that the United Nations Human Rights Council end its discrimination against Israel and remove Item 7 from its permanent agenda. We support the strong denunciation by the United States of this biased and one-sided body,” the WJC leaders wrote.“As the international organization representing more than 100 Jewish communities around the world, the WJC is deeply committed to the values of universal human rights and respect for human dignity. We believe that the Human Rights Council is an important mechanism within the United Nations, but are troubled and concerned that this particular Council has lost direction and become fixated on singling out Israel for condemnation. Since its establishment, this Council has approved a record-breaking number of resolutions condemning Israel – more than 65 resolutions, or over half of all country-specific resolutions.“The World Jewish Congress will continue to speak out against the UNHRC as long as this bias against Israel remains. We support the calls voiced both in the United States and other countries denouncing the UNHRC over this bias, and look forward to the day when the United Nations Human Rights Council resumes its focus on protecting human rights worldwide,” the letter concluded.

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200,000 Participators celebrated Gay Pride in the Tel Aviv Parade

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 giugno 2016

gay paradeThe largest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place yesterday, June 3rd, with the participation of over 200,000 people from Israel and abroad, making it the largest in the Middle East. Among the participators were the Tel Aviv Pride Ambassadors, Alan Cumming and Lea DeLaria. The spotlight of this year’s Nonstop City’s Pride Parade was “Women for a Change”, highlighting the role of women in the LGBTQ community. The Tel Aviv Pride Parade marked the beginning of the European Pride season.The Gay Pride Parade started at 10am at Meir Park (home of the Tel Aviv Gay Community Center) with music, shows and speeches. The parade kicked off at 12pm with floats by the Beef, Shirazi, Lizi, Zoti, Tel Aviv Sauna and Beshela.The parade was followed by a huge beach party at Charles Clore Park till sunset.
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, upon launching the Parade: “My friends, we have been marching for some years now, and we will keep on marching in pursue of equality. We will keep marching these streets of Tel Aviv with the hope that the pluralism, tolerance and liberalism of this city will spread to the country, the Middle East and the world”.Alan Cumming: “I’m so glad that I’ve waited to visit Israel until now, as coming to Tel Aviv as a very proud Pride ambassador is the best way I can imagine. I’m so honored to be so honored, and had a great time part-aying!”Lea DeLaria: “I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be a Pride Ambassador for Tel Aviv Pride. Jewish girls are hot!” The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality allocates many resources into promoting and supporting the gay community, in an over-all yearly investment of $1 million. The Tel Aviv Pride Parade is the only parade in the world that is fully sponsored by the Municipality. In the last few years Tel Aviv has significantly deepened its investments to promote gay tourism to the city, while an estimated number of 35,000 tourists are expected to arrive this year in Tel Aviv to take part in the pride events. (photo: gay parade)

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Conferenza: Open a door to Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 gennaio 2016

Altare della patria (3)Roma giovedì 21 gennaio 2016 – ore 11.30 Complesso del Vittoriano, Ala Brasini Salone Centrale conferenza su “OPEN – A DOOR TO ISRAEL”
Intervengono: Modera Alessandro Cecchi Paone
Naor Gilon – Ambasciatore d’Israele in Italia
Joel Lion –Direttore per gli Affari Pubblici Ministero Affari Esteri Israele
Alessandro Nicosia – Responsabile spazi espositivi Ala Brasini, Complesso del Vittoriano
Il progetto è stato voluto dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri di Israele e portato nel nostro paese dall’Ambasciata d’Israele in Italia con l’obiettivo di far conoscere Israele in tutta la sua bellezza e complessità.Nove porte concepite come una grande installazione multimediale e interattiva si aprono sul patrimonio e la cultura di Israele. Roma è stata scelta come prima tappa e anteprima mondiale di questo progetto che proseguirà in un tour che toccherà la Francia, gli Stati Uniti, la Cina, la Polonia, la Russia, il Giappone, l’Argentina e il Brasile.Open-a door to Israel- Discover/Experience/Connect è realizzata con il patrocinio del Ministero degli Affari Esteri di Israele e dell’Ambasciata d’Israele in Italia e organizzata da Comunicare Organizzando con il coordinamento generale di Alessandro Nicosia.

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Mérieux NutriSciences se expande para Israel com a aquisição do laboratório Milouda & Migal

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 luglio 2015

Mérieux NutriSciencesChicago. A Mérieux NutriSciences se estabelece pela primeira vez em Israel, adquirindo o laboratório Milouda & Migal. Com esta aquisição, a Mérieux NutriSciences continua a consolidar a sua posição como líder internacional em segurança alimentar e reforça a sua presença na região. A Mérieux NutriSciences conta com quase 50 anos de experiência no setor de análises de alimentos e opera em mais de 80 laboratórios, em 20 países. A Mérieux NutriSciences continua a sua expansão com o aumento de investimentos em mercados atraentes e com rápido crescimento.Fundado em 1980 como uma subsidiária da Milouot, uma holding que oferece produção de frutos e de vegetais, ração animal e atividades de processamento de aves, o laboratório Milouda foi inicialmente dedicado para testar os produtos da Milouot. O laboratório Milouda juntou-se ao laboratório de análises de alimentos Migal em 2011, e desenvolveu a expertise da empresa em testes analíticos. O laboratório Migal cresceu como uma divisão do Centro Tecnológico Migal Galilee, um instituto de pesquisa aplicada interdisciplinar, cuja missão é promover o desenvolvimento industrial, econômico e acadêmico da Galileia.Operando para outros clientes desde 2000, o laboratório Milouda & Migal oferece uma gama completa de serviços de microbiologia e análises químicas, em sua maioria dedicados a análises de alimentos e meio ambiente.Com instalações em Haïfa e Kyriat Shmona, o laboratório Milouda & Migal está entre os laboratórios mais avançados de Israel. O laboratório é certificado ISO 17025 e acreditado pelo Ministério da Saúde, Agricultura e Meio Ambiente. A Mérieux NutriSciences vai continuar a se desenvolver nestes dois locais, operando com funcionários altamente qualificados, e manterá relações estreitas com Milouot e o Centro Tecnológico Migal Galilee. A Mérieux NutriSciences prevê uma futura cooperação com o Centro Tecnológico Migal Galilee para aumentar ainda mais suas atividades inovadoras de pesquisa científica.Philippe Sans, presidente e CEO da Mérieux NutriSciences, comentou: “A aquisição nos fornece entrada a este mercado de análises e dá, ao mesmo tempo, acesso ao laboratório Milouda & Migal à gama completa da capacidade da rede Mérieux NutriSciences em todo o mundo. É, portanto, uma excelente oportunidade para ambos”.Raya Harel, CEO do laboratório Milouda & Migal, e Omer Harari, presidente-executivo, acolheram bem a aquisição e a expressão de confiança da Mérieux NutriSciences com o laboratório Milouda & Migal. Eles declararam: “Esta oportunidade irá permitir que nossas operações, as nossas equipas e, obviamente, nossos clientes, se beneficiem de uma empresa líder, com as normas e conhecimentos mundiais”.Avishai Levy, CEO do Centro Tecnológico Migal Galilee, disse: “A presença da Mérieux NutriSciences em nossas instalações em Kyriat Shmona é uma fase importante para o estabelecimento do Centro Agrobiomédico especializado em nutrição de base científica avançada. A Mérieux NutriSciences é uma organização única. Sua cultura de promover a pesquisa aplicada e a sua experiência na regulamentação da segurança alimentar é sinérgica para as atividades e planos do Centro Tecnológico Migal Galilee e esperamos que, em breve, ampliaremos a nossa colaboração em direção a essas metas.”Onn Barzilay, CEO do Grupo Milouot, comentou: “A equipe executiva do laboratório Milouda & Migal, apoiado pelo Grupo Milouot, construiu uma empresa líder de mercado na última década. Nós estamos orgulhosos de sermos os proprietários neste período de crescimento extraordinário. Apoiado pelos recursos da Mérieux NutriSciences, acreditamos que o laboratório Milouda & Migal continuará a florescer nos próximos anos”.

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Social and cultural traformations natural resources and biotechnologies major research trends and comparisons in the Israeli and European research systems

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 giugno 2015

gerusalemme-porta-dei-leoniJerusalem, on June the 22nd 2015 the Center for political psychology and geopolitics research, European University of Rome (CRIPPEG) together with the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem organize at the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus, the second faculty meeting on the theme:”Social and cultural ytsnsformations natural resources and biotechnologies major research trends and comparisons in the Israeli and European research systemsò Professor Asher Cohen rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will greet the meeting. Father Pizzaballa custodian of the Holy Land, Jerusalem will speak on the theme: “Sharing water, energy and social relations: a journey towards development and peace.  The sessions will be opened by professor Sergio Della Pergola, the Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “Demographic and cultural contexts of modernization in Israel” and professor Paolo Sorbi with Maria Medici, Department of Human Sciences at the European University of Rome on the theme: “New energy triangulation: Israel, some Arab countries, the Mediterranean and the Italy’s role in the scene”.
Professor Uziel Rebhun and Nadia Beider of The Institute of Contemporary Jewry will give a speech on immigration, ethnicity and standard of living in Israel.  The meeting of 22 June aims to illustrate several areas of research shared by the European University of Rome, a University of Christian inspiration, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The cooperation between the two universities has been created in the belief that today technological research (water, gas and biotechnology) needs to re-appropriating of a humanistic vision.
“Development is the new name for peace” wrote Pope Paul VI in his 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio”. Words still alive which show us the way to go.
Maria Medici, European University of Rome, CRIPPEG coordinator, shows that the Center has meant to provide “a place for reflection and interdisciplinary meeting highly specialized in scientific issues of psycho-political and geo-political issues”. The research center, continues Maria Medici, “has been interested for several years in surveys in Israel on lifestyle issues and people’s psychological and cultural behaviors. Among the topics to be covered by this second faculty meeting are: water, gas and biotechnology in relation to the development and public policy issues. The conference will consist of five different sessions.
1) SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS
2) ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS AND POLICIES
3) OZONE AND THE ALGORITHM
4) SOCIOECONOMIC ASPECTS AND POLICIES
5) ANTIQUITY REVEALED AND PRESERVED

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Monumental visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 maggio 2014

pope francisFollowing the monumental visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, EL AL Israel Airlines flew His Holiness and 100 Vatican officials and international journalists to Rome aboard flight LY514, which departed the evening of Monday, May 26. The flight was operated on a Boeing 777 aircraft, which was adorned with the official coat of arms logo of Pope Francis and outfitted with an array of special services that were coordinated with The Vatican to enhance the flight experience and highlight the best of Israel.The handpicked in-flight crew of 15 was specially chosen to serve His Holiness and other members of the Vatican. The crew members represented all of Israel, people with diverse backgrounds. The captain of this special flight, Yaron Shimoni, is also the captain of EL AL’s 777 fleet and a former Israeli Air Force pilot. Many of the flight attendants speak numerous languages including Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, among others. In addition, many have been voted outstanding flight attendants along with other merits and recognitions.
In addition, EL AL’s head chef, Moshe Segev, developed a one-of-a-kind menu highlighting Mediterranean dishes created from the finest Israeli products. During the flight, a video highlighting this historic visit of Pope Francis produced by Israel’s Channel 2 was screened for their entertainment.
EL AL President, David Maimon, presented Pope Francis with two significant gifts including a selected piece of art created by internationally acclaimed Israeli artist Yaacov Agam entitled, “Faith-Visual Pray.” The artwork integrates symbols of Judaism including the Star of David and the Menorah, which not only pope francis1symbolizes the Holy Temple of Jerusalem but also the light of the seven churches of Christianity. Maimon also presented Pope Francis with a published book of greetings and messages collected on social media from EL AL passengers around the world.Lastly, all passengers received a bottle of wine from the Altitude 720 series from Barkan Winery that was affixed with a souvenir label with the date and flight number of this historic voyage. The Altitude 720 series has won prestigious awards for its 2009 vintage including the Double Gold and Best Kosher wine and the medal for Best Wine in its Price Category at the International Terra Vino Competition.With the completion of this historic visit, the Israeli airline is encouraged that there will be a renewed desire for Catholics to visit the Holy Land. It was nearly 66 years ago when the decision was made to establish a national airline, and in search of an appropriate name they turned to the Bible for inspiration and chose “EL AL,” which was taken from the book of Hoseah, signifying to the most high.
Celebrating more than 65 years of service, EL AL, Israel’s national airline, offers the most nonstop flights between New York (JFK/Newark) and Israel as well as the only nonstop service from Los Angeles. Worldwide, EL AL flies to more than 35 destinations from Israel and serves dozens of other destinations throughout the world (including the USA) via partnerships with many other leading carriers. Only EL AL has first class service on nonstop flights between the U.S.A. and Israel. The airline has annual revenues of about $2 billion and carries 3.6 million passengers every year.

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‘Making art kept countless Jews alive during the Holocaust,’ Robert Singer tells United Nations forum

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 maggio 2014

united nationsUNITED NATIONS – Speaking before a packed audience at the United Nations in New York on Monday night, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer noted the importance of the arts to the persecuted Jews in Nazi Europe. “The will to make art kept alive for a few more days countless Jews imprisoned in ghettos and camps,” Singer said. “The art that Jews made lifted the spirits of those who heard the music of ghetto orchestras or saw a drawing scratched out in charcoal on a barracks’ wall. It was the finest kind of spiritual resistance.”Singer spoke at “Learning About the Holocaust Through the Arts,” a UN program to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, which featured presentations by accomplished artists in the fields of dance, literature, film, and music, including choreographer Steven Mills of Ballet Austin, author Nava Semel, actress Olympia Dukakis, Professor Olga Gershenson of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, philanthropist and arts patron Clive Marks, and Shirli Gilbert of World ORT. The event, co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information, the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, and World Jewish Congress, drew more than 500 attendees, a cross-section of the international community, including diplomats, dignitaries, and arts educators and students from 30 universities.

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World Jewish Congress head condemns Israeli lawmaker for Kerry remarks

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 febbraio 2014

Andrea Razzoli, New York Stories, n 15NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has condemned Knesset Member Moti Yogev of the Bayit Yehudi Party for inappropriate and inflammatory comments he made about US Secretary of State John Kerry in a radio interview last week and later in a letter to US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro clarifying the radio remarks.“Secretary Kerry has proved his friendship to Israel and the Jewish people, and his devotion to the US-Israel special relationship, many times over the past 30 years,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “Whether or not you agree with Kerry’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, these comments are baseless and inappropriate and such personal attacks should be off-limits. MK Rogev should apologize, which he emphatically did not do in his letter to Ambassador Shapiro.”In an interview with Israel Radio last Thursday, Yogev said that “Kerry’s obsessive pressure” on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the peace talks “may have anti-Semitic undertones.” Yogev added: “Kerry is not here to reach a compromise. He wants to decrease the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel and create a Palestinian state.”In his letter Sunday to Shapiro, Yogev denied that his criticisms of Kerry were personal, but wrote, “These negotiations don’t have a partner, neither for peace nor for security, and there is no demographic problem or apartheid, just American and European pressure seeking to bring our enemies to the dangerous 1967 lines and evict the Jewish people from its land.” Yogev further stated in the letter that Kerry “threatened boycotts and delegitimization” of Israel and that he cannot be a fair broker, according to an account of the letter published in the Jerusalem Post.

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Training Students to Counter Israel Boycott

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 dicembre 2013

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English: Speaker of the Knesset Yosef Sprinzak speaking at the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly, at The Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jerusalem. Two weeks after an American academic group voted to boycott Israel, 100 Jewish university students from around the globe will gather in Jerusalem on Monday, December 30, in order to learn the best methods to combat attempts to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) Israel. The training is part of the Global Campus Initiative (GCI), a joint project of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).“The Global Campus Initiative was founded to give the engaged, activist students of WUJS and EUJS the tools they need to help put a stop to BDS movements on campus, which are a growing concern worldwide even, as we now see, in the United States,” said World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer. “Through their networking and student activism, we hope to spread the best practices of how to combat the political, economic, cultural and ideological campaign against Israel.”
The students’ training takes on new urgency in the wake of the December 16 vote to boycott Israel by the American Studies Association (ASA), a 5,000 member group of academics who teach American studies at US colleges and universities. Starting their day at the Knesset, the students will hear greetings from several Knesset members before participating in a session on “What is Delegitimization and BDS?” with Asher Fredman, a Senior Coordinator for Diaspora Affairs in Israel’s Ministry of International Relations and Strategic Affairs, and Avi Mayer, who oversees new media operations at The Jewish Agency for Israel. After gaining “A View Inside Israeli Democracy,” the students will participate in workshops on “Advocating for Israel at Your University” and “Communicating to Influence.”In the evening, the students will attend a gala dinner with a keynote speech by Robert Singer and greetings by Shai Hermesh, Chairman of WJC Israel, and Benzi Bar Lavi, a representative of the Jewish National Fund.

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World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder denounces American scholars’ boycott of Israel

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 dicembre 2013

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NEW YORK – The President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, reacted strongly to a vote to boycott Israeli institutions by the American Studies Association, an academic group with almost 5,000 members.“This vote to boycott Israel, one of the most democratic and academically free nations on the globe, shows the Orwellian anti-Semitism and moral bankruptcy of the American Studies Association,” Lauder declared. “The Middle East is literally filled with dead from governments’ reaction to the convulsions of the ‘Arab Spring,’ but the American Studies Association singles out the Jewish State, the one Middle Eastern country that shares American values, for opprobrium? No wonder many Americans dismiss the academy as deeply biased and disconnected with reality.“Rather, the ASA should follow the example of the American Association of University Professors, which notes that any such boycott ‘undermines exactly the freedoms one wants to defend, and it takes aim at the wrong target,’” Lauder added.The American Association of University Professors, one of the largest US academic groups, recently reiterated its opposition to boycotts targeting Israel and others. The ASA, a group of scholars who teach American studies, approved the anti-Israel boycott resolution by a 2-to-1 margin in online balloting that concluded Sunday night, with about a quarter of the members voting, according to the New York Times.The vote is the first time the association has boycotted any nation’s universities and only the second such academic boycott of Israel by a group of American scholars. The Association for Asian American Studies endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities in April

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World Jewish Congress mourns passing of David Peleg

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 dicembre 2013

Terra Sancta Building (Jerusalem, Israel)

Terra Sancta Building (Jerusalem, Israel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress (WJC) mourns the passing of David Peleg, who served as director-general of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) until his death last week. Ronald S. Lauder, president of the WJC and also of the WJRO, praised the late Israeli diplomat as a “thoughtful and skilled professional who did not seek the limelight but instead fought tirelessly to secure a small measure of justice for the dispossessed victims of the Holocaust and their heirs.” Lauder extended his heartfelt condolences to Peleg’s children and grandchildren.David Peleg was born in Jerusalem in 1942 into a family of Polish origin. He completed elementary and secondary education in Jerusalem. Following his military service in the Israeli Defense Forces (1960–62), he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During his long diplomatic career, which began in 1965, Peleg was posted at the Israeli diplomatic missions in Lusaka, Atlanta, London, Washington, New York and Geneva. From 2004 to 2009, he served in Warsaw as Israel’s ambassador to Poland.After leaving the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2009, David Peleg was appointed director-general of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO), the body tasked with leading negotiating with national and local governments to conclude agreements and ensure legislation concerning the restitution of looted property.David Peleg, or “Pomi”, as his friends called him, was not only a warm and caring individual and an experienced diplomat but also a great enthusiast of jazz music and a connoisseur of art.

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Ronald S. Lauder: ‘Iran must be judged by its actions’

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2013

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Iran Elections (Photo credit: bi0xid)

Seconding the reaction of Israel and most of Iran’s Middle East neighbors, the World Jewish Congress expressed its deep misgivings after the announcement that the Western powers had secured an interim agreement in Geneva on limiting the Iranian nuclear program.“Iran must be judged by its actions, not its words and promises, because they are not worth the paper they are written on,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “Nothing in the deceptive behavior of Iran and its leaders in recent years should make the world believe that they will honor this agreement.”Lauder added that WJC welcomes the preparedness of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other leaders of the U.S. Congress to support a strengthening of Iran sanctions.In remarks before his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement, but an historic mistake.“Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world,” the prime minister addedUnited Against a Nuclear Iran, a U.S. lobbying group formed by former diplomats, criticized the Geneva deal as providing “disproportionate sanctions relief to Iran.””By not agreeing to dismantle a single centrifuge, Iran has not rolled back its nuclear infrastructure and with the many centrifuges that it is currently operating, Iran retains the ability to breakout and produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon in as little as 2 months,” the group said in a statement. “At the same time, the carefully constructed sanctions architecture developed over decades has been significantly rolled back.”

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