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July 23, 2012

Israel and the world Pt. 13 - weekly news from Israel

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•The best of the humanity: the kind staff of Volfson Hospital in Holon, Israel, decided to provide abandoned babies a good memory for the future. The staff has decided to make a photo album for each newborn, which doesn’t have present parents to capture his first moments in the world. The photos will be taken by the hospital’s carrying staff and will be handed to wherever those lone children would be taken to.


•On Thursday, the members of the international Zionist youth movement gathered in Jerusalem for the celebration of 85 years since established. The 10,000 young leaders of the movement come from 24 countries worldwide. Only 1500 of them came to celebrate, but the joy was all over the place.


•A little bit late, but still respectable, Israel mentioned the Fourth of July in various celebrations. Besides the parties and some fancy dinners, the theatre of Holon threw a festive show, with American Folk songs, the best of the best American singers and bands of all times. There were also very interesting lectures about the History of the U.S and the U.S- Israeli relationship, an American film festival, and more.


•Hungarian authorities arrested the Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatary, after reporters of the British Sun, knocked on his door and tried to confront him about his alleged past. The reporters received new evidence which was brought by Israel’s Simon Wiesenthal Centre to the prosecutor in Budapest last week. The evidence allegedly linked Csatary to a list of crimes committed against Jews during WW II. According to the accusations, Csatary is one of the most wanted Nazis, who managed to escape from the authorities for years, changing his identity and moving from place to place until settling in Hungary. He is wanted for playing a key role in deporting about 15,700 Jews to the Auschwitz death camp.


•Israel’s ground shook several months ago, when the subject of discrimination by Ultra- Orthodox men towards women from outside of their community filled the headlines. There were several major stories during this period: one was regarding a small religious girl, who was spit on by an older man, for being “not modest enough”; the second revolved around a young secular woman, who was yelled at by Haredi Men for daring to sit in the front of a bus. The two stories were accompanied by a nation-wide scandal, which grew bigger when the issue of public women discrimination in areas of Jerusalem and Bney-Braq became a public discussion. It addressed the growing absence of women in various advertisements, even the ones who originally had women in them (the faces were covered, or removed). Earlier this week, we came closer to mitigating the issue: the State has told the High Court that from now on, the Transport Ministry will enforce the freedom of advertising on buses and would stipulate that the condition of receiving a public transportation license be non-discrimination in advertising.


•Israel can now add another cultural achievement: the celebrated Israeli director, Joseph Cedar was invited to join the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (yes, the ones from the Academy Awards). Cedar is known for his Academy Award Nominee films: Footnote, and The Bufor, and many other excellent films.

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