Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Le ministre israélien de la Défense Moshé Yaalon a affirmé mardi, lors d’une visite à la frontière syrienne, qu’Israël a acheminé en Syrie une aide humanitaire à destination de la population civile.
“Nous ne pouvons pas rester les bras croisés quand des civils sont confrontés à une crise humanitaire”, a-t-il déclaré.
“Nous avons transmis de la nourriture, de l’eau, des aliments pour bébés et d’autres produits humanitaires” à des villages syriens, a-t-il ajouté, sans préciser si cette aide humanitaire s’est faite en collaboration avec les rebelles islamistes syriens.
Depuis mars dernier, Tsahal a installé un hôpital de campagne sur les hauteurs du Golan dispensant des soins de première urgence aux blessés syriens, certains sont soignés sur place et renvoyés dans leur pays,d’autres sont transférés dans des hôpitaux en Israël.
Les autorités israéliennes se gardent quant à elles de divulguer le chiffre global des blessés syriens soignés dans tous ses hôpitaux.
L’État hébreu a jusqu’ici dépensé près de 6 millions de dollars pour le traitement des blessés syriens.
Faouzi Ahmed – © Le Monde Juif .info
The first ever Jewish LGBT event was held in Parliament yesterday, hosted by Mike Freer MP, who noted positive changes within the Jewish community around issues such as equal marriage.
The event, arranged by the Jewish gay community’s lobbying and social activism group Keshet UK, was held to celebrate both the Jewish festival of Chanukah and the passing of same-sex marriage, which will see Liberal and Reform synagogues solemnising gay marriages for the first time next year.
The event was hosted by Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer, who recently won the PinkNews Parliamentary Speech of the Year for his contribution to the same-sex marriage debate. He told the 100 community activists, rabbis, MPs and Peers : “Looking in from the outside as a non-Jew, since the big debates over same-sex marriage in the past year I’ve personally seen a sea change of attitude in the Jewish community. Changing the law will really change the lives of gay Jews”
The Communities minister, Stephen Williams MP, who like Mike Freer, is openly gay said: “Often you feel like you are treading on eggshells when bringing up the top of gender and sexuality in religion; several strands of the Jewish faith are now showing that you can be entirely comfortable with your sexuality and your religion.
“In order to achieve this, some people have to be the outriders within their own faith and I am glad that you are doing this within yours.”
Although Liberal and Reform Judaism will hold same-sex marriages, the United Synagogue, the main orthodox movement headed by the Chief Rabbi is opposed to gay couples marrying even in civil settings.
The Chief Rabbi did not attend the LGBT Jewish reception, although it was supported by the cross communal Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Crossbencher Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, whose synagogue is planning round-the-clock services on the day the first same-sex marriages can be held said: “In the nine years that I’ve spent in Parliament, I am proud of attending the debates and voting on no two pieces of legislation more than civil partnerships and gay marriage. We all need to push at one button to make our community, like us here to be more gay friendly and more celebratory than it is now.”
Rabbi Lionel Blue, the broadcaster and first openly gay Rabbi in the UK, emotionally said that the event was a “modern miracle, Chanukah is a festival of wonder, tonight is truly a moment of wonder.”
Benjamin Cohen, the publisher of PinkNews, who co-founded Keshet UK said: “This event held in the heart of the British establishment has shown that gay Jews have finally come out of the shadows. The support that Keshet UK has received from across the Jewish community, including from the Orthodox section, shows that being gay is no longer a bar to Jewish communal life.”
Keshet UK chair Alma Smith said: “We are proud of what we have achieved but know there is so much more to do to realise full inclusion of LGBT people within the British Jewish community. After experiencing the welcome that our community has felt here in Parliament this evening we hope that more people will step forward to help realise this necessity and share our message of acceptance and inclusion in synagogues regardless of sexuality and gender identity.”
Sunday, 1 December 2013
On November 30th 2013 the BBC News website’s home page and Middle East page both promoted a feature titled “In pictures: Early years of Palestinian refugees” which showcases images from the newly digitised archives of UNRWA – currently being promoted by that organization within the framework of its permanent public relations campaign.
Quite how the promotion of campaigning material produced by politically motivated organisations can be considered part of the BBC’s remit or in adherence to its editorial guidelines on impartiality is a (big) question in itself, but it is notable that the captions to the photographs showcased by the BBC adhere diligently to the UNRWA script, with the text accompanying the final photograph, for example, reading:
The other half of that story has in fact never been mentioned in any UN resolution whatsoever in the past 66 years, as was pointed out by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, at a special UN session held on November 21st.
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Point of No Return's 'slide show':the early years of Jewish refugees