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Saturday, 12 February 2011
Gilad Shalit Awareness Fortnight, 14-28 Feb
Gilad Shalit Awareness Fortnight, 14-28 Feb
The ZF is helping the Israeli Embassy to organise a solidarity vigil on the 24th of February in London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. These vigils will include eminent speakers, and the releasing of symbolic Chinese lanterns to represent the number of days Gilad Shalit has been held prisoner.
In addition, two ‘ad-vans’ will be driving around Central London and Manchester for two weeks, telling the story of Gilad, alongside a large picture (see attached). This will be supplemented with leafleting alongside the van. If you would like to volunteer to flier for an hour, please email email@example.com.
Do you have your yellow Gilad Shalit badge from the ZF's campaign last year? Wear it over the fortnight. Don't have a badge? Buy yours here now (only 75p inc p+p).
IsraelConnectIsrael is very excited to invite you to join us for a truly interesting evening of politics, discussions and good conversation! An evening with MK Yoel Hasson.
MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima, b. 1972) is meeting with us, and talking about how young people can get involved in politics and influence our society. How do party politics work in Israel? What are the risks and challanges one face when getting involved in politics? WHat are the perks, the fun - and the drive that keeps one going? What is the role of 'leadership' in our generation and does social activism necessarily mean political envolvement?
Yoel has lots of experience in this, as he was the head of the national leadership of Beitar (The Revisionist Zionist Youth Movement), and later becamechairman of the Council of Israeli Youth Movements. He has served as an adviser to Ariel Sharon when he was the Prime Minister. In 2004, Yoel was elexcted as chairman of the Likud, but left the party in 2005 and joined Kadima. He has been serving as an MK since 2006. ...and he is going to share with us some 'tricks of the trade' and insider observations.
Come and put your questions to our panel debate consisting of: Harvey Rose (Chairman of ZF), Paul Usiskin (chair of Peace Now UK), Jon Benjamin (Chief Executive of Board of Deputies) and Zalmi Unsdorfer (Chairman of Likud-Herut UK). Chaired by Keith Price.
Thursday 3rd March, 8.00pm, Edgware venue. For full information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zionist Federation invites you to their Israel 63 Gala Awards Dinner on Sunday 27th March 2011 at a Central London Venue. Special Guests of Honour and award recipients include:
Lord David Trimble; Nobel Peace Prize winner, First Minister of Northern Ireland, Former MP and appointed by Israel to be one of the two international observers serving on the Israeli commission of inquiry regarding the Mavi Marmara flotilla.
Louise Ellman MP; Member of Parliament since 1997, Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement and Vice Chair of Labour Friends of Israel.
Anthony Julius; prominent British lawyer and academic known for his opposition to new antisemitism, the alleged expression of antisemitic prejudice couched in terms of certain kinds of discursive assaults on Israel, and talks on the subject all over the world to raise awareness. Known for his actions on behalf of the Princess of Wales and Deborah Lipstadt.
Black Tie. Catering by Tony Page. For more information email email@example.com or call 020 8202 0202.
ZF launches Ambassador Programme for Sixth Form Students
Last Sunday saw the launch of the ZF Ambassador Programme for Sixth Form Students. The Young Ambassador Programme is a prestigious year-long programme for sixth form students who were chosen via a recruiting process aimed to find the 20 most motivated, dedicated and capable young Zionist leaders in the community. The programme includes training and education to improve Israeli knowledge, leadership skills, project initiation and implementation. Along with the training sessions, the group will plan and implement an Israel education programme to prepare other sixth form students to deal with anti-Israel arguments they may encounter on campus.
The first session saw a briefing to the group by Deputy Ambassador, Alon Roth-Snir, who congratulated the group on their acceptance to the programme, and thanked them - both as a diplomat, and as an Israeli - for taking on the task of becoming Ambassadors of Israel.
OTHER ITEMS of INTEREST
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Crisis, by Dore Gold - Initially, it was widely observed that the Muslim Brotherhood has been very low-key during the current crisis in Egypt. Most analysts admitted that it is the best organized and largest opposition group in Egypt, but they played down its role. Yet since January 28, the Muslim Brotherhood's involvement has become more prominent. One tangible example is the support the Brotherhood has given to Mohamed ElBaradei to lead the opposition forces against the government.
Solar energy that floats on water - Award winning Israeli company Solaris Synergy has designed solar energy grids that float on water, reducing energy production costs, and preventing water loss.
Israel Innovation - video - "If you go to the Middle East looking for oil, you don't need to stop in Israel, but if you go looking for brains, for energy, for integrity, its the only stop you need to make in the Middle East". Warren Buffet.
IDF Paramedic Helps Palestinian Woman Give Birth - The woman, who lives in the Jordan Valley, called for medical assistance around 2 am. An IDF medical crew, consisting of a paramedic, three medics, and the Deputy Commander of the Valley Brigade, Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, were called to the area. Since the area was unreachable by ambulance, the woman was brought to the vehicle on a stretcher, and during the drive on Route 90 prematurely began to give birth.
A word of advice from Northern Ireland, by Nigel Dodds - Nigel Dodds, who recently spoke at the ZF lobby of parliament writes: "Since its foundation, Israel has been a flame of light in a region of despotic darkness. It is a flame of freedom, of democracy and of human rights. In a region plagued by dictatorship, nepotism and corruption, such light is sorely needed".
Israel's data protection laws given EU approval - Israel has formally joined the list of seven countries whose data protection laws are considered strong enough for companies there to receive and process personal data from companies in the European Union.
Dr Jonathan Spyer in Birmingham - Writer, lecturer and former special advisor on International Affairs to Israel cabinet members. Spyer will be speaking on 21st February in Birmingham.
Dr Jonathan Spyer in Nottingham - Writer, lecturer and former special advisor on International Affairs to Israel cabinet members. Spyer will be speaking on 22nd February in Nottingham.