Global Forum For Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem: Inside and Outside

Global Forum For Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem: Inside and Outside

Antisemitism is not a thing of the past.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, here in Jerusalem,  said “I would really like to make it clear that the struggle against racism and anti-Semitism is important to me.”

Also this week French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian while in Jerusalem said, “There is a friendship between France and Israel that is deep and enduring, and expresses itself in many, many ways. I wish to send through you my best regards to President Macron.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Affairs hosted The 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem, Israel, from March 19-21.

Global Forum against antisemitism in Jerusalem opening plenary

Together we can fight online hate speech was the opening plenary of the first day. The night before a large gathering listened to US Ambassador David Friedman.

Man from Australia wearing kippa with Aboriginal designs

People came from around the world, with 87 countries represented. This friend as you might guess came from Australia, but I also met a man from Trinidad, and several people from South African countries.

Global Forum Justice Ministers Israel, Germany, Greece and Italy

Ministers of Justice from Germany, Greece, and Italy joined Israel Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked in signing a joint statement confronting online hate.

Facebook regional director of policy at Global Forum in Jerusalem, Israel

Delphine Reyre, Facebook regional director of policy in southern Europe, told of Facebook efforts to curb terror sites.

This week it was reported that Facebook closed down a Hamas page.

However, Twitter has not closed even one hate site.

Former Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls speaking at Global Forum in Jerusalem Israel for Combating Antisemitism

Near the end of the Global Forum, the former Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, speaking in French, received applause for stating anti-Zionism is antisemitism.

Bulgarians with Presidential visit to Jerusalem Israel

The Israeli Foreign Ministry spent plenty of shekels on this event. Here the delegation with the President of Bulgaria arrived and waited politely to be seated at lunch.

Abe Foxman introducing President of Bulgaria at Global Forum in Jerusalem Israel

Abe Foxman was given the honor of introducing Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.

Radev remarks were in English. Not only is his English excellent, he showed amazing patience while being stopped for selfies during his visit.

Bulgarian Ambassador, President Rumen Radev, and Ron Yaakoby

Here Radev (center) posed with the Bulgarian Ambassador to Israel on the left and Ran Yaakoby,  Chairman of the Global Forum (right) of MFA.

Dessert tray at Global Forum in Jerusalem Israel

With lavish food and desserts, oh how very sweet the Global Forum was. Facebook photos HERE

But will it make a global difference to curb antisemitism?

Celebrity guests like Mayim Bialik got media coverage. Anti-Zionism, manifested in Israel Apartheid Week, has spread to India for the first time this year.

Meanwhile, for most locals what was happening to the streets was of more immediate concern.

Jerusalem new center under construction

Outside the International Convention Center where the Global Forum was held the streets change daily due to construction.

New roads in Jerusalem, Israel

This road expansion was open after weeks, or months, of work.

Jerusalem street construction fixing crossings.

I had to wait to cross until this small earth mover moved out of my way.

Jerusalem Israel new housing near future fast train to Tel Aviv

This is one of the new neighborhoods near those streets reaching completion.

Bridge for Tel Aviv to Jerusalem fast train outside of Jerusalem as seen from highway

The fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv will not open this month.

Train station in Jerusalem for fast train to Tell Aviv

But when it does, those apartment dwellers are near the fast train station, and can be in Tel Aviv in half an hour.

Coming soon Gan Sacher

Coming soon?

Whatever they are doing in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, is to be completed soon.

Gan Sacher trees in bloom on spring day with blue sky

Meanwhile, as I walked along Gan Sacher on my way home from the Global Forum, I saw something which all can appreciate now.

With spring weather and trees in bloom, we can appreciate what we have today and hope for a better future.

Spring is in the air. This year all Easter celebrations coincide with Passover, so tens of thousands of visitors are arriving daily.

Street sign Happy spring holiday

Happy Holiday of Spring in Jerusalem.

חג שמח

Chag Sameach.

 

Pharaoh: The Story and Untold Story

On Passover, the story

of Pharaoh and the Children of Israel leaving Egypt

is told and retold,

year after year.

This year in time for the Passover holiday

the Israel Museum opened a new exhibit called

Pharaoh in Canaan: the Untold Story.

sign for Pharaoh Untold Story at Israel Museum

Big posters announcing this momentous exhibit,

which consists of hundreds of pieces in multiple rooms,

are displayed on the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

video screen from exhibit at Israel Museum Pharaoh

There is even a colorful video which is used to illustrate

the Egyptian Empire of the 4th millennium BCE.

facade of ancient fortress in Jaffa in Israel Museum exhibit Pharaoh

This was an entrance to a fortress in Jaffa:

the highlighted pieces have Ramses’ name inscribed.

Loans from international galleries are included.

Israel Museum exhibit on Pharaoh and Canaan

Ancient artifacts are on display,

Israel Museum exhibit Pharaoh and Canaan

 in room after room,

Israel Museum Pharaoh and Canaan exhibit Untold Story

with some unique and special pieces.

Israel Museum Pharaoh untold story exhibit potter display

There are displays of pottery,

Israel Museum pottery Pharaoh exhibit

urns, and jewelry,

Israel Museum Pharaoh exhibit

and much more lining the walls.

gift shop Israel museum

The gift shop is stocked with items for sale

map Egypt in ancient times Pharaoh and Canaan story

for this impressive exhibit, perfectly timed.

The story of leaving Egypt is retold in the Hagaddah

in Jewish homes on Passover at the seder,

which takes place this year on Friday night in Israel,

and on Friday and Saturday nights around the world.

Israel Museum video passover story

This year thousands in Jerusalem will enjoy

the new exhibit of Egyptian rule in Caanan,

until now the untold story.

As in dozens of Israeli museums during Passover holiday,

children are invited free of charge.

Schools are out. Government offices are on holiday.

Temperature is rising.

Passover is vacation time in Israel.