- Written by Simon Wiesenthal Center
YOUTUBE REMOVES HAMAS CHANNEL AFTER SWC PROTEST Media Briefing Urges Social Network Giants to Bar Palestinian Online Terror
At a press conference today, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper urged the public to report hate sites (at www.Facebook.com/SimonWiesenthalCenter) on social media platforms which are fueling the current spate of attacks in Israel.
Center officials announced that SWC protests have led to the removal of additional pro-terrorist postings from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.
The Rabbis also denounced:
• The unfair and one-sided portrayal of Israeli terror victims in the media
• The U.S. State Department’s outrageous depiction of the current situation as a “cycle of violence” - “It is not a cycle of violence, but a campaign of Palestinian violence,” Center officials declared.
• The use of social media platforms to celebrate murderous attacks against innocent people and instructional terrorism tutorial videos
• The BDS’ movement’s endorsement of the barbaric acts of terrorism and renewed calls to boycott Israel
Center officials, who presented Facebook postings from Europe calling for attacks against Israelis in their countries, said, “We are concerned that if this trend continues, we could see violent incidents on our own shores."
Photo provided by Simon Wiesenthal Center
- Written by MFA
Israel hosts Animals Committee of the CITES Convention
Israel will host the 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This is a precedent-setting event, as Israel's first global UN conference of this magnitude.
From August 30 - September 3, 2015, Israel will host the 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
This is a precedent-setting event, as Israel's first global UN conference of this magnitude. The project was initiated by the Israel Foreign Ministry's Division for the UN and International Organizations together with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA). Over 200 scientists from more than 40 countries are expected to attend, as well as representatives of UN agencies and NGO's. A reception will be held at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, September 1.
Among the issues to be discussed are the hunting of sharks, the smuggling and trade in elephants and rhinoceros, maintaining the wild populations of monkeys and rare parrots, the sale of snakes for the fashion trade, and the very lucrative practive of illegal hunting.
The State of Israel signed the CITES Convention in 1979 and appointed the INPA as the sole government agency in charge of implementing the Convention.
Israel is a small country that is very concerned with conserving its nature and as an active member of the CITES Convention it helps conserve wildlife populations across the world. Israel is situated in the Near East at the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. While Israel's unique location has given rise to a rich variety of flora and fauna species, the growth of densely populated cities has severely reduced the amount of natural areas. In light of these threats, the INPA has implemented a strict policy which helps preserve the fauna and flora in Israel including rehabilitation and reintroduction of species and restoration of habitats, as well as stritct supervision over trade in species protected under the CITES Convention.
CITES was negotiated in 1973 to protect wildlife against over-exploitation and to prevent international trade from threatening species with extinction. It entered into force on 1 July 1975 and now has a membership of 151 countries. These countries act by banning commercial international trade in an agreed list of endangered species and by regulating and monitoring trade in others that might become endangered.
The Animals Committee of experts is composed of individuals from the six major geographical regions - Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and Oceania. It provides scientific advice to the Conference of the Parties, and undertakes periodic reviews of species.
Opening of CITES Animals Committee in Tel Aviv
Photo 2 :
Israel Ambassador Manor and CITES Secretary-General Scanlon sign the Host Country Agreement in Geneva, July 2015
Copyright: Israel Mission to the UN, Geneva
- Written by MFA
Amb. Prosor's Press Statement on Iran
Today is a very sad day for Israel and the entire world because the international community is taking steps to lift the sanctions on Iran without first waiting to see if Iran complies with even a single obligation in the agreement.
Ladies and Gentleman,
Today, you have awarded a great prize to the most dangerous country in the world.
I hate to be the one who spoils the party, but someone has to say that the emperor has no clothes. Today is a very sad day. Not only for the state of Israel, but for the entire world, even if at this moment, the international community refuses to see the tragedy.
It is a sad day because the international community is taking steps to lift the sanctions on Iran without first waiting to see if Iran complies with even a single obligation in the agreement.
It is a sad day because this agreement gives Iran a seat on the commission which will decide whether or not it has violated the agreement. This is like allowing a criminal to sit on the jury which will decide his own fate.
You haven't changed Iran's destructive ideology, which goes beyond proliferating deadly weapons and funding terror.
It is not only that you have not cured the symptoms, you have strengthened the source of the problem. You have given the source of the problem - Iran - money, stability at home, and time to carry out its destructive ideology.
For the first time anyone can remember, Israel and the Arab world see eye to eye - this deal is dangerous for the region, for the people of the region- Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, and for the entire world.
You, in the international community, have a bad track record when it comes to seeing impending disasters, even when it is right in front of your eyes.
Good intentions too often leads to wishful thinking. Look at what happened with the Arab Spring, how so many people were absolutely convinced that we were at the dawn of a new Middle East. Think back, how many people praised Assad, who studied ophthalmology in London, as a reformer, who would change the economy of Syria - and quite a change it has been.
And all those who at that time dared to say they see things a bit differently were branded as without imagination, without creativity, and unable to escape old paradigms.
When the nuclear deal was made with North Korea, I remember good and well-intentioned people who wanted to believe they signed a deal which would prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons - and we all know what has happened since then.
They told us, we would live in a more secure world.
I'm sure that many of you, many around here, do not feel more secure in the world today.
Ladies and Gentleman,
I present to you this map - which is Iran's Empire of Terror.
Now, take a close look at this map. This is what the world looked like this morning, before you voted on the process of removing sanctions from Iran. You can see the impact of Iran's terror apparatus with your own eyes here. Countries like Thailand, Azerbaijan, and the Capital of the United States, managed to prevent, at the last minute, Iranian terror plots before they could be carried out. Other countries were not so fortunate. Countries from Bulgaria to Argentina have experienced the horror of Iranian terror first-hand.
In Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, and countries across the world, Iran has spread its tentacles in order to expand its empire.
This weekend, 21 years ago, Iran and Hezbollah sent a suicide bomber driving a van loaded with explosives, into the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. 85 innocent people were killed and many others were injured.
Since then, you can find Iran's fingerprints in every corner of the globe, targeting innocent civilians, smuggling arms, financing terrorist groups, and engaging in illegal proliferation activity.
Now, what did the world do to respond to Iran's growing empire of terror?
Well, just a few minutes ago, here:
It voted to empower it.
It voted to strengthen it.
It voted to fund their expansion.
Iran will now have 150 billion dollars to fund terror groups.
So, the 150 billion dollar question is - what will this map look like tomorrow?
How will the new Iranian pie be distributed?
How much money will go to Hezbollah and Hamas?
How much money will go to Assad?
How much money will go to fund worldwide terror activities?
and, how long will it take before this map is entirely red?
If the international community refuses to see this as a tragedy, that is a grave strategic error. But if it is aware of the tragedy, and it still chooses to purse this dangerous path, that is a catastrophe.
I would like to say that the Iranians are metaphorically laughing in everyone's face, but the sad part is that this time it is not a metaphor.
When the villain is laughing, you know something is wrong. Friends, the villain is laughing, and his laughter echoes throughout the world. Loudly and clearly.
When we hear laughter from a country whose Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, says that even after the agreement is signed, Iran will continue the battle against the United States, Iran will continue supporting terrorists in the Middle East and around the world - something is wrong.
When we hear laughter from a country whose president, just days before the agreement was signed, marches at the head of a parade in Tehran in which American and Israeli flags are burned- something is wrong.
When we hear laughter from a country which does not even attempt to mask its hatred, something is wrong.
Friends, something is very, very wrong.
Israel, but not only Israel, is on the front lines. We will all pay the price- and not just in the Middle East. It might sound surprising to some of you, but we in Israel tend to take it seriously when someone threatens to destroy us.
Ladies and Gentleman,
In future years, the consequences of this mistake will become clear to all, but for Israel, tomorrow is already too late.
Israeli Ambassador to the #UN Prosor held a press conference outside the #SecurityCouncil chambers following the adoption of a resolution which serves as a first step in the process of lifting #sanctions on #Iran: “Today, you have awarded a great prize to the most dangerous country in the world. If the international community refuses to see this as a tragedy, that is a grave strategic error. But if it is aware of the tragedy, and it still chooses to purse this dangerous path, that is a catastrophe. When the villain is laughing, you know something is wrong. In future years, the consequences of this mistake will become clear to all, but for Israel, tomorrow is already too late.”
Copyright: UN Photo/Loey Felipe
- Written by Taglit
Leading The Future
43 students from the USA and Canada concluded a two-month internship at leading companies in Israel through the Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship Program
Today, Wednesday 5.8.15 marked the end of the fifth year of the Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship Program. The evening, at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange was attended by prominent individuals such as Mr. Yoram Tietz, Chairman of Birthright Israel Excel Program and Managing Partner of EY Israel, Avi Zeevi co-founder and General Partner of Carmel Ventures, Jonathan Saacks Managing Partner at Genesis Partners, David Gappell, Director of the Schusterman Foundation-Israel and Mr. Gidi Mark, International CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel.
This year, the management of the hosting companies welcomed 43 students from 27 top universities in the U.S. and Canada. They served as advisors and business mentors during a two-month internship. The students, chosen out of the thousands of applicants, stayed in Israel for two months, during which they met with Israeli leaders in various industries, visited important locations across the country and took part in professional workshops. Furthermore, they were paired with Israeli peers, officers from the intelligence unit of the IDF and students from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, who served as a bridge to Israeli society and culture. The students also received personal business mentoring and participated in a professional internship providing them with an understanding of the Israeli business world.
Israel's business leaders include: Avi Zeevi, Co-Founder and General Partner of Carmel Ventures, Tal Keinan, founder and CEO of KCPS Clarity, Leonard Rosen, CEO of Barclays Capital Israel, Modi Rosen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Magma Venture Partners, Gil Golan, Director at the Advanced Technical Center-Israel of General Motors, Yoram Tietz, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Israel, Tomer Bar Zeev Co-Founder and CEO of IronSource and Eran Barkat, Partner at BRM group, to name a few.
"The Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship forms and empowers the future leaders of the Jewish world. Birthright Israel Excel is an extension to- and considered one of the most important projects of- Taglit-Birthright Israel. The Fellowship offers outstanding students the opportunity to discover the country and intern at leading Israeli companies, generating bonds that will serve as a catalyst in creating cooperation between the Diaspora and Israel," said Taglit-Birthright Israel's International CEO Gidi Mark. "With their return home, each student is linked to a local mentor, usually a senior businessman and philanthropist, active in the Jewish community and Israel. The mentors advise participants about their professional futures, the importance of social and philanthropic responsibilities and connect them to their Jewish identity and to the business and social sides of the State of Israel".
Taglit co-founders and philanthropists Michael and Judy Steinhardt and Lynn Schusterman, created Birthright Israel Excel five years ago with as goal to develop a cadre of future Jewish leaders, and empower them in the world of business, technology, and social entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Excel Fellows’ connection and commitment to the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and to foster the development of a collaboration between international and Israeli companies. The program is supported by the Steinhardt Family Foundation, The Lynn and Charles Schusterman family foundation, and the Paul E. Singer Foundation.
About Birthright Israel
Birthright Israel connects young Jews to the State of Israel as well as to their Jewish identity through a free ten-day educational tour of the country. Over the past 15 years, Birthright Israel has opened the eyes of hundreds of thousands of trip participants to the people and the land of Israel. The trip aims to build an understanding, friendship, and lasting bond with the land and people of Israel and to reinforce the solidarity of the Jewish people worldwide. This allows for the creation of new friendships between participants and Israelis as well as deepens their understanding of the country and the Jewish religion and connects participants to their Jewish heritage. Birthright Israel is considered the most successful and largest Zionist project in the Jewish world.
Birthright Israel has a unique, historical and innovative partnership between the Government of Israel, thousands of individual donors and private philanthropists, and Jewish communities around the world through the Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish Agency for Israel.
The gift of a trip to Israel started with philanthropists Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt. Each year, individuals from across the world donate to Birthright Israel with the shared belief that it is the birthright of all young Jews to be able to visit their ancestral homeland.
Since its inception in 1999, over 500,000 Jews from over 66 countries have participated in the free 10-day educational tour of Israel. Of these over 80,000 young Israeli soldiers (from prestigious units of the IDF) and students have joined various groups on their tours.
Over the years, several studies have been conducted at Brandies University, located in the USA, demonstrating the lasting effect on Diaspora Jews when focusing on their Jewish identity, their connection to Israel and their ability to promote the country.
Photo provided by Taglit
- Written by President’s Spokesperson
Marking a year since Operation Protective Edge, President Rivlin conducts a security and civilian tour of the area around the Gaza Strip
A year on from Operation Protective Edge, President Reuven Rivlin this morning, (Thursday), conducted a tour of the Eshkol Region near the Gaza Strip, where he was greeted by new regional authority head, Gadi Yarkoni.
Visiting nearby Kibbutzim of Nir Oz and Nirim, the President received a security update from Col. Eyal Rozen, of the Southern Front Command. The President began by speaking with reference to Abraham Mengistu, who was being held in Gaza, as was today cleared for publication. He said, "This is a painful situation which I, together with the relevant officials at the President's Office, have been following closely since it began. I am in contact with the Mengistu family and I know that all the relevant authorities have been working tirelessly, and monitoring the issue closely, from the moment Avraham crossed over the fence. This is a humanitarian issue, and we expect those holding him to behave accordingly and return him in good health. According to the information which has arisen, Mengistu is being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. We will continue to make every effort in order to bring an end to this incident, as soon as possible."
The President went on to speak about the year that had passed since Operation Protective Edge. He said, "A year has passed and I am very pleased to be here as the guns have been silenced, and tranquility has returned to encompass the area. I came here - as I have on several occasions this year - to see the way in which the area has returned to daily routine, and to see up close the necessary rebuilding and rehabilitation. I have no doubt that at any moment in which the quiet is violated, the IDF knows how to return calm swiftly to the people of the region, and enable them to return to their daily lives. It is also well understood by those in Gaza, that peace and quiet for the citizens there, means first of all, the peace and quiet for the Israelis in this region and all the citizens of Israel."
Later, the President spoke with the agricultural manager of Kibbutz Nir Oz, David Moshe, who explained to the President about their development and cultivation projects in the area close to the Gaza border, and spoke about the danger of being exposed to snipers. The President was moved to hear of the thriving agricultural successes, and said, "I am seeing here today the most important achievements of last year's operation. The south is thriving, and new families are coming to make their homes in the western Negev. The south is a place of tourism and development. I am proud to be here once again, and meet with those special people who epitomize the area and communities near the Gaza Strip. The residents of this region are a power of strength and resilience for all Israel, and it is a true honor to be with you today."
The President concluded his tour by visiting Shorashim flower and vegetable nursery in Ein HaBesor, which suffered a direct hit by a missile fired from Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. The President toured the nursery and spoke about the various plants and vegetables being grown, and discussed the process of rebuilding since the operation.
Photo : President Reuven Rivlin during a visit to the northern border on May 27, 2015. (Mark Neyman/GPO)