Days before Yom Kippur, on scorching hot afternoon, at the Nazarian family magnificent Tuscany style Beverly Hills villa, at an event attended by elegantly dressed crowd of family, friends and supporters, Soraya Sarah Nazarian, an artist, was honored, by the School of The Arts at the University of Haifa.
This school is Israel north leading art institute, training students in visual arts, theatre and music.
University of Haifa (http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/) is apparently the least funded higher learning institute in Israel; it somewhat suffers a stigma it earned when we saw all too often the anti-Israel, defaming behavior of its Arab students, while the University’s authorities did nothing to clamp it. But the Arabs in Israel are not going to leave any time soon. Therefore, the University of Haifa plays a major part in the development of Israel north, which is longing for massive development and Israeli citizens’ migration to the region.
While on the podium, Dr. Sharon Nazarian, Soraya’s daughter, a member of the university Board of Governors and the Vice Chair of American Society of the University of Haifa (http://www.asuh.org/), lovingly praised her mother for being a woman of the world and talented artist, this garden event gave its distinguished guests, Amos Shapira, the university President, and Professor Alfred Tauber, the university Chairman of the Board of Governors, the opportunity to shine light on this higher learning institute they lead.
University of Haifa plays a particular and important role in the future of Israel. It is the economic engine of Israel north, which largely inhabited by Arabs. It is thriving to be a model of Israeli collegian integration and coexistence, where Jews and Arabs function harmoniously, Mr. Shapira and Mr. Tauber explained to the audience.
Soraya Nazarian believes that art is one universal language that sees no color, religion or politics. That is why she immersed herself in supporting the University Of Haifa School Of Arts.
The Nazarian family’s financial efforts helped built and renovate the University of Haifa library now named ‘The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Academic Library’, the second in its size after Israel’s national library. Additionally, at the entrance of the campus stands Soraya Nazarian’s Legacy sculpture (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjK_JSCjPR4), dedicated in 2010, which the 18,000 students who come to study in the institute see each time they enter the campus. The magnificent marble piece evokes the story of the Jewish People in Exodus and is a tribute to the Jewish “illegal immigrants” who sailed to Israel’s shores during the British Mandate White Paper era, while it also intended to compliment the recently renovated wings of the Library.
The library’s task is to make an indelible knowledge mark on Israeli students. Now the University of Haifa needs to pass the volume of knowledge, inter alia, humane coexistence, tolerance and respect by and for every person in the country, starting with each student who studies there.
With the Nazarian family’s leading by example, the University of Haifa can and should be a leader in Israel working to turn the country north, much lacking Jewish communities, around to become a scholarly and flourishing region.
Menachem Begin in December 1942 wearing the Polish Army uniform of Gen. Anders’ forces with his wife Aliza and David Yutan; (back row) Moshe Stein and Israel Epstein
(photo credit: JABOTINSKY ARCHIVES)
During the inauguration of a memorial to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park on January 24, 2020, before the climax of Holocaust remembrance events at which Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a central platform, we were stunned to hear a rendition of The Blue Kerchief (Siniy
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015
The annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium, is expected to take place on Sunday with even more antisemitic elements than in previous years.
Aalst’s organizers have sold hundreds of “rabbi kits” for revelers to dress as hassidic Jews in the carnival’s parade. The kit includes oversized noses, sidelocks (peyot) and black hats. The organizers plan to bring back floats similar to the one displayed in 2019 featuring oversized dolls of Jews, with rats on their shoulders, holding banknotes.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Basilica of Saint Nicholas in the southern Italian coastal city of Bari, Italy February 23, 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli.
Pope Francis on Sunday warned against “inequitable solutions” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying they would only be a prelude to new crises, in an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal.
Francis made his comments in the southern Italian port city of Bari, where he traveled to conclude a meeting of bishops from all countries in the Mediterranean basin.
Palestinians walk past a shop selling fruits in Ramallah, Feb. 20, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have reached an agreement to end a five-month long trade dispute, officials said on Thursday.
The dispute, which opened a new front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, began in September when the PA announced a boycott of Israel calves. The PA exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under interim peace deals.
Antisemitic caricatures on display at the annual carnival in Aalst, Belgium. Photo: Raphael Ahren via Twitter.
Disturbing images emerged on Sunday of the annual carnival at Aalst, Belgium, showing an astounding number of antisemitic themes, costumes, displays and statements.
Israeli journalist Raphael Ahren documented people dressed as caricatures of Orthodox Jews, a fake “wailing wall” attacking critics of the parade, blatantly antisemitic characters and puppets wearing traditional Jewish clothes and sporting huge noses.
The stench of anti-Semitism always hovers over Switzerland’s Lake Geneva when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is meeting there. The foul emanations reached a new nadir last week with UNHRC’s publication of a “database” of companies doing business in the disputed territories in Israel.
Following the publication of the list, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, deputy director for advocacy of NGO Human Rights Watch, stated, “The long-awaited release of the U.N. settlement business database should put all companies on notice: To do business with illegal settlements [sic] is to aid in the commission of war crimes.”
One of the many things that annoys me about politicians is how sure they are of themselves. Everything is black and white. Every idea is good or bad. Take globalism, for example. You either love it or hate it. It works or it doesn’t.
Another thing that annoys me is how so much of a politician’s life revolves around power: Do everything you can to get it, and everything you can to keep it.
Why am I ranting? Because, while our politicians have been consumed with power and the media with the fights over power, a threat to our nation has been virtually ignored.
Blue and White Party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid are establishing their diplomatic credentials in the immediate run-up to Israel’s March 2 election with an insult to a U.S. administration that has arguably provided Israel with more diplomatic gains than any previous administration.
The Times of Israel reported that at a campaign stop in front of English-speaking Israelis, Gantz accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “of neglecting bipartisan ties in favor of exclusive support from U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” under the headline “Gantz pledges to mend ties with U.S. Democrats if elected.”
Bipartisanship was in short supply at the State of the Union address earlier this month—with one notable exception.
Nancy Pelosi had been looking dyspeptic, shuffling the papers she would later rip to shreds, when President Donald Trump reminded his audience that “the United States is leading a 59-nation diplomatic coalition against the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.”
Suddenly, the House Speaker applauded. Trump then introduced “the true and legitimate president of Venezuela: Juan Guaidó.”
The law professor Alan Dershowitz has thrown a legal hand-grenade into America’s political civil war by claiming to have evidence that former President Barack Obama “personally asked” the FBI to investigate someone “on behalf” of Obama’s “close ally,” billionaire financier George Soros.
He made his cryptic remark in an interview defending U.S. President Donald Trump against claims he interfered in the prosecution of his former adviser, Roger Stone.