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28 July 2014 - 1 Av 5774 - א' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ד
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ADL POLL FINDS MORE THAN A QUARTER SURVEYED INFECTED WITH ANTI-SEMITIC ATTITUDES E-mail

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), released the results of an unprecedented worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism surveyed 53,100 adults in 102 countries and territories in an effort to establish, for the first time, a comprehensive databased research survey of the level and intensity of anti-Jewish sentiment across the world.

The survey concentrated on seven major regions of the world accounting for about 88% of the worlds total adult population. The survey found that anti-Semitic attitudes are persistent and pervasive around the world. More than one-in-four adults, 26% of those surveyed, are deeply infected with antiSemitic attitudes. This figure represents an estimated 1.09 billion people around the world.

The overall ADL Global 100 Index score represents the percentage of respondents who answered “probably true” to six or more of 11 negative stereotypes about Jews. An 11-question index has been used by ADL as a key metric in measuring anti-Semitic attitudes in the US for the last 50 years.

“For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The data from the Global 100 Index enables us to look beyond anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric and quantify the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes across the globe. We can now identify hotspots, as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is essentially non-existent.”

“The level of anti-Semitism in some countries and regions, even those where there are no Jews, is in many instances shocking,” said Barry CurtissLusher, ADL National Chair. “We hope this unprecedented effort to measure and gauge anti-Semitic attitudes globally will serve as a wake-up call to governments, to international institutions and to people of conscience that anti-Semitism is not just a relic of history, but a current event.”

At the same time, there are highly encouraging notes in the ADL survey. In majority English-speaking countries, the percentage of those with antiSemitic attitudes is 13%, far lower than the overall average. Protestant majority countries in general have the lowest ratings of anti-Semitic attitudes, as compared to any other majority religious country. And 28% of respondents around the world do not believe that any of the 11 anti-Semitic stereotypes tested are “probably true.”

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Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Japan E-mail

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife visited Japan in May. The 5-day working visit began on 12 May where Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Abe, Netanyahu was urged to resume the stalled peace talks with the Palestinian leadership and Mr Abe expressed his willingness to do what he could to help. Japan has good ties with both Israel and the Palestinian territories, with Japan providing the Palestinians with US$13.5 million in aid, the largest amount after the US and EU.

For the first time, Japan and Israel discussed security cooperation agreeing to promote exchanges between their defence authorities at ministerial levels, a move that will be keenly watched by Israel’s neighbour’s in the Middle-East and Japan’s neighbour’s in Northeast Asia.

In a joint statement, they also agreed to enhance investment, conduct industrial research and development, as well as increase cooperation in the tourism, farm and fishery sectors following Israel’s move to lift import restrictions it placed on Japanese products after the Fukushima nuclear crisis. “The Israel-Japan relationship has not been fully developed. Potential for cooperation is also not fully exploited. I think there’s a lot we can do together,” a government spokesperson commented.

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Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president E-mail

On 10 June, Reuven Rivlin was elected by the Knesset – Israel’s parliament to serve as Israel’s tenth president. He will assume office on 24 July.

Rivlin was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is a lawyer by profession and holds an L.L.B. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Amongst many civil positions, he served as legal adviser, chairman and team manager of the Betar Jerusalem Sports Association. He was a member of the Jerusalem Municipal Council and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He also served as Chairman of the Likud Organisation (19881993) and as Chairman of the Jerusalem Branch of the Herut Movement (from 1986).

Rivlin was first elected to the Knesset in 1988, and has since then served on a wide range of Knesset committees. Most notably, Foreign Affairs and Defense; Constitution, Law and Justice; State Control; Education and Culture; and Advancement of the Status of Women.

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Embassy donates solar lights Print E-mail

The Embassy of Israel in Nepal has donated solar lights to Bir Hospital in Kathmandu.

A small ceremony was held at the hospital at the end of May to inaugurate the solar lights. Unveiling the solar panels, Israel’s Ambassador to Nepal Hanan Goder said, “The hospital has been providing high quality services to the people in need and I am very proud to be associated with its magnificent efforts to serve the community”.

Expressing his delight Dr. Buland Thapa, Director at the hospital thanked the embassy for the support.

(Issue July/ August 2014)

 

 
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