‘At the New UNESCO Vote, Italy
Should Keep Its Word’
By Pagine Ebraiche staff
On the eve of the next meeting of the UNESCO executive board which will take place in Paris on May 1, the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Noemi Di Segni sent an open letter to Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Ms. Segni is asking Italy and the European Union to oppose the anti-Israel resolutions that will be discussed there.
“In the next few weeks, UNESCO will once again be called on to express itself on a new resolution that not only denies the Jewish roots of Jerusalem: Israel, the sole democracy in the Middle East is also being asked to give up control and sovereignty on its legitimate capital city. The demand has been presented by a number of Arab countries on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority. A paradoxical request that adds up to the aberrant disavowal of the history of Jerusalem,” Di Segni wrote.Read more
Italian Minister of Interior Visits
Jewish Community of Rome
By Adam Smulevich
The Interior Minister of Italy, Marco Minniti, visited the Jewish Community of Rome last Friday. The meeting was long and friendly, and offered an opportunity to discuss several topics (some publicly and others privately): the security of Jewish sites, the fight against growing hatred and radical Islam, but also the positive values that are to be defended and shared with the whole of society for a peaceful and democratic future.
Arriving to the Community, Minniti was welcomed by the President of the Jewish Community Ruth Dureghello, the Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Noemi Di Segni.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Minister said: “The Jewish community is a piece of our history, but it is also part of our future. By protecting this community, we protect democracy as a whole.”
Milan, Fostering Religious Pluralism in Prison
By Daniel Reichel
Fighting intolerance and religious radicalism in prison: this is the main goal of the project “Understanding and Managing Religious Pluralism in Lombardy Prisons.”
The Milan Jewish Community has been involved in this project since last year.
The initiative sees different religious realities (Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, together with the Jewish Community of Milan, which has been involved since last year) cooperating with the Regional Jail Superintendent and the University of Milan to teach pluralism to people who work inside the prisons as well as the inmates.
The first phase of the project took place in 2016, and involved 50 employees of three different Lombard prisons. This year, and for the next three years, in addition to the prison staff (police officers, legal and pedagogical officials, teaching staff, social workers) inmates of nine regional prisons will take part in the project.Read more
|BECHOL LASHON – FRANÇAIS
Israël et des pays européens réunis autour d’un projet de gazoduc
L’Italie, Israël, la Grèce et Chypre se sont engagés lundi à faire avancer leur projet de gazoduc sous-marin, qui devrait être le plus long du monde, reliant la Méditerranée orientale au sud de l’Europe, avec le soutien de l’Union européenne.
Il est prévu que le gazoduc d’un coût de 6,2 milliards de dollars achemine le gaz récemment découvert au large des côtes chypriotes et israéliennes en Europe, réduisant ainsi la dépendance du continent à l’égard de l’énergie russe.
Les ministres de l’Energie des quatre pays, ainsi que le commissaire européen pour l’action sur le climat et l’énergie, Miguel Arias Canete, ont réaffirmé leur attachement au projet lors d’une conférence de presse commune à Tel Aviv.
Des études de faisabilité ont été achevées, mais le développement du projet ne devrait pas commencer avant plusieurs années, et le pipeline ne serait opérationnel qu’en 2025, ont indiqué les ministres.
« Ce sera le gazoduc sous-marin le plus long et le plus profond du monde », a déclaré le ministre israélien de l’Énergie, Yuval Steinitz.
Toutefois, les prix du gaz ont chuté et la faisabilité financière du projet repose sur des projections selon lesquelles ils vont remonter, a déclaré à l’AFP Elio Ruggeri, directeur général d’IGI Poseidon, une des entreprises chargées du développement de ce pipeline..
*Times of Israel Français, 3.04.2017.
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The Passover Haggadah:
a Constitutive Narrative
of Liberty and Movement
By Yaakov Mascetti*
When Rabban Gamliel states, in the Mishnah tractate of Pesachim 10:5, that “in every generation a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt,” traditionally one tends to bend the accepted conception of time and diachronic depth / distance, into a synchronic merging of moments – the past is not distant, but is here and now. It is not merely a matter of suggesting to the reader of the Passover Haggadah that he perform a forceful mutation of her understanding of time and intergenerational difference or distance – Rabban Gamliel uses the Hebrew term חייב ‘must’ and thus turns the cognitive sphere into something which can be fashioned, voluntarily. This act of intellectual mutation is performed by the individual herself, by means of a narrative –
“as it is said: ‘And you shall tell your son in that day, saying: ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.’ Therefore it is our duty to thank, praise, laud, glorify, exalt, honor, bless, extol, and adore Him Who performed all these miracles for our ancestors and us; He brought us forth from bondage into freedom, from sorrow into joy, from mourning into festivity, from darkness into great light, and from servitude into redemption.”
*Yaakov Mascetti holds a Ph.D. and teaches at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University.
|IT HAPPENED TOMORROW
By Guido Vitale
“Ken Livingstone, who has been suspended from holding office in the Labour Party following his claims that Adolf Hider supported Zionism, is a provocateur. That is to say: he doesn’t care about the truth. To respond to him is already to elevate him; to debate him is a waste of time. Self-pitying, self-admiring, he believes himself to be a truthtelling, special-interestdefying, independentminded maverick. He cannot be persuaded out of these delusions. The implication is that anti-semitism is best engaged with at the level of reason, or ignored, following a diagnosis of imbecility. The problem with that approach is that it overlooks the fundamentally malicious nature of antisemitism. Anti-semites have not reached their conclusions by some faulty line of reasoning that can be corrected.” (Anthony Julius, Deborah Lipstadt – Sunday Times, April 9th 2017)
Roman Culture Survives Through Seder Traditions
By Sarah Moosazadeh*
The Jewish community in Rome is one of the oldest in Europe and is where Breman Jewish Heritage Museum community engagement director Ghila Sanders has her roots.
Rome has roughly 13,000 Jews in an overall population of about 4 million, Sanders said.
Ghila Sanders and her husband are ready for a Roman-style seder.
The Jewish community can be traced back 22 centuries to a delegation from the Maccabees who went to Rome to look for allies and decided to settle in the city, which gained influxes of cultural diversity over the centuries from events such as the Spanish Inquisition.
“Italian Jews from Rome are the oldest in Europe and come from a rich history with deeply rooted traditions,” Sanders said.
*This article was published in the Tablet on March 8, 2017.
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