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- Written by Silvia Golan
From December 2-9, the second annual Debate for Peace delegation traveled from Israel to Kosovo to attend the KIMUN conference. This year Debate for Peace joined local hosts iChat as co-organizers of Kosovo’s only Model UN conference. In total 13 students, from the Bashaer, Pelech, Kfar Qasem Comprehensive, Oded, Modi’in democratic, Brenner (in Petah Tiqva), and Ironi Hei (Haifa) schools took part in the delegation. In addition to participating in KIMUN, the students also visited Albania and Kosovo and met with local UN and US embassy representatives and religious leaders.
The delegation began its trip in Tirana, where they received a private tour of the BunkArt facility by architect Kreshnik Merxhani. After taking the cable cars up Dajti mountain to enjoy the views, they traveled to the town of Kruje, where they lit candles for the first night of Hanukkah, shopped for crafts, and saw the home of the legendary Albanian national hero Skanderbeg.
That evening in Tirana the group met with Professor Petrit Zorba, the head of the Albania-Israel friendship association. The meeting was facilitated by the Albanian embassy in Israel. Professor Zorba talked to the students about the connection between Albanians and Jews, including the incredible story of Besa during the Holocaust, and about interfaith relations among Albanians.
On December 3, the group met with the Protik Innovation Center to learn about the startup environment and entrepreneurship in Albania. From there they proceeded to the US Embassy in Tirana, where they learned about some of the bilateral diplomatic and development work in which the embassy is engaged. Later that day the group traveled to Pristina, Kosovo.
The KIMUN conference opened on December 4th, with a panel including the dean of the philosophy department of Pristina university, the minister of sport and culture, and the directors of iChat and Debate for Peace. For the next three days, high school and university students from Albania, Kosovo and Israel grappled with topics including youth unemployment, use of social media to promote tolerance, and expanding trade relations with the European Union. On the final day, the delegates met at the Kosovo Public Administration building to vote on their final draft resolution and receive certificates and awards.
The delegates of Brazil (Layan Rabi), Italy (Ilva Hamzaj), Saudi Arabia (Erna Salihu), and Serbia (Ariella Rose) received Best Position paper awards. In the ECOSOC committee, China (Margalit Bak) and North Korea (Yaari Cohen) were chosen Best Delegates. In the UNGA committee, Iraq (Yonit Vareika) and the United Arab Emirates (Thoma Kristo) were Outstanding Delegates, and Serbia (Ariella Rose) was the Best Delegate. And in the European Council, Italy (Ilva Hamzaj) and the United States (Eliran Ben Yair) were Outstanding Delegates, and the United Kingdom (Ella Justus Segal) was Best Delegate.
On December 6th the delegation also held several meetings. In the morning they visited UNMIK, to learn about how the work of the UN in Kosovo has evolved over time. That afternoon they met with Matt Briggs, Economics officer at the US Embassy in Kosovo. Matt said that he was “impressed by their eagerness and curiosity about a wide range of issues. It was also fascinating to hear their thoughts about Kosovo and to discuss what difficulties face a country that is still working towards increasing its international recognitions.”
The delegation concluded by celebrating shabbat and Hanukkah in Prizren, as well as visiting the Sinan Pasha mosque, the Catholic cathedral, and the Halveti Sufi tekke. Votem Demiri, the head of the Kosovo Jewish community told Diplomacy: “The Jewish Community of Kosovo together with other religious communities and friends had the honor to host the delegation from DebateforPeace in Prizren for the celebration of Shabbat and Hanukkah. As the head of the Jewish Community of Kosovo, I would like to thank Steven [Aiello] for choosing Kosovo/Prizren as a visiting place for the second time. Prizren is the historical capital of Kosovo and it is our little Jerusalem as a city that embraces all the existing religions that lives in harmony during centuries.”
Agnessa Jashari, one of the KIMUN organizers from iChat, also expressed her appreciation for ”the amazing students coming from Debate for Peace, Kosovo students and participants coming from other countries as well. Once again we had an amazing experience during KIMUN 2018. Spending five days of the conference with these young leaders was such a pleasure and an unforgettable experience!”
Alaa Abu Raya was one of the participants from the Bashaer high school in Sakhnin. She said that the delegation was “an amazing experience that I will always remember, the model UN conference allowed us to meet new people from different backgrounds and make some lifetime friendships which I’m grateful for.”
Yaari Cohen, a student from Oded high school in Kadima, added that “The delegation in Kosovo has not only brought us closer together, it did more than that, it feels like with every step that we took together, we brought our countries, closer together."
The next Debate for Peace MUN delegations will be to YMUN in Connecticut, USA, and MEDIMUN in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Photos by Debate for Peace
- Written by President’s Spokesperson’s Office
“Israeli industry is not only a source of pride, it is also an essential foundation for building the state and the people. We must turn Israel from a ‘start-up nation’ into a ‘tech nation’. For Israel to be a country that is a powerhouse of knowledge in traditional industries and in which everyone can participate, we have to invest in and incorporate advanced production technologies in traditional industries as well, in order to bring young people from hi-tech to industry and specifically to invest in training a skilled workforce. A vision of where Israeli industry is cutting-edge in all sectors is a Zionist vision, an economic vision, and a social vision.”
The president commented on the lack of women prize winners:
“I received many requests not to take part in the ceremony for this reason. But I decided to participate out of respect for the recipients and because industry is worthy of recognition and because it is not right that protest, however, justified, should be to the detriment of just and worthy recognition. But this is certainly the place and this is the opportunity to say that it is inconceivable that in 2018 there are no women recipients. Firstly, it is inconceivable that there were no worthy candidates who were women. Secondly, if we carry on like this and do not honor and recognize the talented female managers in industry, in 2028 we will still be making excuses and claiming ‘there were no suitable candidates.’ I would like to believe that all those responsible for the issue will make sure that at the next ceremony we congratulate prize winners who are women and that over the next seventy years we will see a growing number of women on this stage.”
President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin spoke this evening, Thursday 8 November / 1 Kislev at the ceremony for the 2018 Industry Prizes of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel this year celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence. President of the Manufacturers’ Association Shraga Brosh also spoke at the event. During the event, lifetime achievement prizes were awarded to industrialists Ron Tuttnauer, owner and former CEO OF Tuttnauer; Avraham (Rami) Shani, Chairman of Hod Assaf; Rafael Alon, CEO of Alon Group; Aharon Shapira, CEO and owner of Pach Taas; and Daniel Wolfman ז"ל, Chairman of Wolfman Industries, who passed away earlier today. Recipients of the Industry and Industrialist Prizes were: Ran Meidan, CEO of Netafim; Avi Zinger, CEO of Ben and Jerry’s; Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream; Ruvi Shaibel, President of Flex and Henry Zimmerman, Chairman of Trellidor.
“Israeli industry is not only a source of pride, it is also an essential foundation for building the state and the people,” said the president. “We must honor Israeli industry and strengthen it. Israel has no economy without Israeli industry. There are areas of excellence in Israeli industry that are world-famous, and this is what we are celebrating this evening, but there are also areas of unrealized potential. We must turn Israel from a ‘start-up nation’ into a ‘tech nation’. For Israel to be a country that is a powerhouse of knowledge in traditional industries and in which everyone can participate, we have to invest in and incorporate advanced production technologies in traditional industries as well, in order to bring young people from hi-tech to industry and specifically to invest in training a skilled workforce. A vision of where Israeli industry is cutting-edge in all sectors is a Zionist vision, an economic vision, and a social vision.”
“Each of the ten prize-winners is inspirational,” said the president. “They represent the spirit of Israeli innovation, determination, and goal-orientation. They are a source of strength and of pride.” President Rivlin mentioned Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream: “SodaStream represents for me not only an Israeli success story but also a symbol of hope, that we can all – Israel Jews, Moslems, and Christians, Israelis and Palestinians – work together, live together and enjoy the fruits of success together.”
“Unfortunately, this important ceremony is missing outstanding female industrialists,” said the president. “I received many requests not to take part in the ceremony for this reason. But I decided to participate out of respect for the recipients and because the industry is worthy of recognition and because it is not right that protest, however, justified, should be to the detriment of just and worthy recognition. But this is certainly the place and this is the opportunity to say that it is inconceivable that in 2018 there are no women recipients. Firstly, it is inconceivable that there were no worthy candidates who were women. Secondly, if we carry on like this and do not honor and recognize the talented female managers in industry, in 2028 we will still be making excuses and claiming ‘there were no suitable candidates.’ It is appropriate to mention that the Israel Prize for Industry this year was awarded to Yehudit Bronicki, an exemplary industrialist who we are all proud of. The way to the top of the pyramid in the industry and in the economy as a whole has always been beset with challenges and barriers for women, and yet many of them have broken a path through for themselves, and by themselves. We need to tell these stories and not keep them in the shadows. This is both in our economy and our social interest. I would like to believe that all those responsible for the issue will make sure that at the next ceremony we congratulate prize winners who are women and that over the next seventy years we will see a growing number of women on this stage.”
President of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, Shraga Brosh: “I want to add a few more words about co-existence in this country. Over a month ago, there was a terrorist attack at the Alon Group factory at the Barkan industrial area, in which Ziv Hajbi ז"ל and Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel ז"ל were murdered in cold blood because they were Jews. The despicable terrorist’s aim was to attack the important co-existence and wonderful daily life that has been a feature of the Barkan industrial area for over thirty years, exemplified by Jews and Arab working together, side by side, and on the understanding that this is the only way to achieve peace. Only by creating sustainable jobs, by ensuring livelihoods, and by creating economic peace that is greater than politics and disagreement, can we bring a real peace that we all wish for so much.”
Photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershom, GPO
- Written by Silvia G Golan
The second annual BASHAERMUN conference was held in Sakhnin on Thursday, November 8, with 250 students from 35 cities and schools participating. The conference theme was “Inequalities,” and students addressed issues relating to racism, discrimination, educational and socioeconomic gaps in six different committees. The conference was the second MUN conference of the year run by Debate for Peace, a US Embassy supported program. The program brings a diverse group of students together to debate, meet distinguished guests and discuss current world affairs in English. The goal of the program is to empower young leaders to find alternatives to conflict and hatred and to help them build a dialogue across their differences.
As part of the US Embassy Speaker Program, Stephanie Baric, a consultant with UNICEF, attended the conference and observed the students during their debates before addressing them during the awards ceremony. Baric is a relief and development professional with almost 25 years of international experience working in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans on programs focused on gender equality, education and child protection. Drawing on her experience, Baric spoke to the students about the importance of knowing one’s rights and respecting diversity and the rights of others.
Baric was impressed by the delegates and was particularly moved by the maturity and civil discourse in the advanced committee who examined the nation-state law and eventually managed to pass a resolution. She told Diplomacy that “The MUN program supported by the US Embassy is developing future Israeli leaders by providing opportunities for Arab and Jewish students to seek, through discussion, negotiation, and debate, solutions for promoting human rights including equality and non-discrimination in their communities and society."
The six committees at the conference dealt with migration and integration, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, education and socio-economic gaps, inclusive work environments, and Israel’s recently passed nation-state law and the status of minorities in Israel. Nearly 200 students participated in a Model UN conference for the first time, with a smaller number of experienced delegates.
After speeches, debates and intense negotiations, the committees voted on their initiatives. In the advanced committee, a mock Knesset simulation, the resolution which passed restored Arabic to equal status with Hebrew, called for efforts to promote social cohesion, educational programs to bridge between different communities within Israel, and national service for all citizens to perform.
During the awards ceremony, the MUN and conference director Mr. Salah Fokra thanked the participants and the MUN club who had helped orchestrate the conference, as well as the US Embassy for its support of the program. The principal of the school, Mr. Ameer Haj, expressed his own appreciation and admiration for the work of the students in running a successful MUN conference for the second year in a row. Secretary-General Yafa Nassar thanked the students for having come and taken the courageous step of joining MUN, while Shaymaa Abo Raya performed on the violin for the audience.
Finally, it was time for the awards. In the UNGA committee, Ryan Abu-Khadra, Rawan Amer, and Banan Shadafni won awards. In UNESCO, Saeed Salem, Subhy Affara, and Wajd Mahajni won awards. In the HRC, the awards went to Leo Grossman, Stav Peretz, and Jolian Azzam. In UN Women, Eyas Asli, Adele Stoller, and Salih Amer won awards. In the ILO, Amy Fisher, Haneen Shadafneh and Aviv Trumper were recognized. And in the most advanced group, the model Knesset, Baraa Massalha, Chai Margalit, and Khadeeja Nukaty received the awards.
BashaerMUN was part of the Debate for Peace MUN series, as an Interfaith Encounter group supported by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. The next Debate for Peace delegation takes place November 16-18 at Oxford MUN, to be followed by a conference in Kosovo in December.
For more information about future events, please see the website here: https://debateforpeace.org/
- Written by Talma Gotteiner
Babyland, the largest baby products exhibition in Israel organized by Philip Hadad Consultants in cooperation with the Super-Pharm chain will be held for the 11th consecutive time this year.
The Babyland Exhibition will take place at the Tel-Aviv Exhibition Grounds between Tuesday-Thursday, 30 Oct 18 -1 Nov 18.
The Babybuild Exhibition deals with parenting, pregnancy, toddlers, and babies. The exhibition includes more than 100 stands of leading baby brands, including Life Baby's, Similac, Materna, Huggies, Dr. Fisher, and others. The exhibition will include several innovative Israeli developments for babies: new unique products, strollers, accessories, safety chairs, baskets, toiletries, lactation, textiles, and related products from leading companies. In addition, the exhibition will offer activities such as booths offering a variety of benefits and surprises, a huge Gymboree complex, a luxurious breastfeeding area, a café-restaurant and more.
Among the innovations to be presented at the exhibition:
- Super-Pharm's Life BABY's first collaboration in Israel with the global toy giant Fisher Price.
- The Kaftor company is upgrading their baby button system and will be launching the BABY cam 5 system - a real-time car camera that captures the rear seat while driving.
- The first folding stroller-wagon in Israel Keenz7S by Audiocare - an innovative product in Israel that allows carrying 2 children and additional equipment weighing up to 50 kg comfortably and easily.
- Easy Night will launch the Brolly - a waterproof sheet that provides solutions for dealing with wetting and infant emission problems that come from New Zealand and is marketed worldwide.
- Rokit, the portable baby rocker for prams, pushchairs, and strollers that works on batteries and mimics the movement of the human hand thus helping to calm the baby
- A unique Huggies area with a movement guide for parents and babies.
- Nanobebe - a new bottle by BBK - the world's first feeding bottle designed specifically to maintain the nutritional value of breast milk.
- BIBA M with a new stroller that is suitable from birth, a variety of developmental electronic games, DIY creation kits for creating a baby's handprint or footprint and more ...
- Babyland Hebrew Website - http://baby-land.co.il/event/ 40 NIS per single adult entrance + 2 children (ages 0-12)
- At Super-Pharm branches: For every purchase of 59 NIS or more from the store's products, an entrance ticket (including 2 children) is only 30 NIS.
- Exclusive for Life Style customers - a family entrance ticket (couple + 2 children) for 40 NIS
- At the exhibition booth: 40 NIS
Each card is credited with an elegant gift bag that includes products worth 69 NIS. What is in the bag? Materna Extra Cure To Go, Milk Substitute 150g, Materna Porridge 200g, a Diaper Pack of 8 units of Huggies Freedom Dry Pants, Baby Bathing Shampoo & Shampoo 2 in 1, 400 ml of LifeBreeze, Energy Snack Slim Delis, Sugar Free Apple Puree 130 g by Prinok and a 15 mL hand cream with sunscreen by Neutrogena.
Photos PR / Amit Tarash