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Main Rabin memorial ceremony canceled, then relaunched

AJN.- After the original organizers explain that they were forced to cancel it due to a lack of funding—’a stain in the history of the State of Israel’—the Labor party announces it will take on the ceremony’s organization and backing.

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Rabin/Aniversario. Organizadores del acto informan que no podrán hacerlo y el Laborismo se hace cargo

AJN.- A close call: The main assembly in memory of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was almost not about to take place this year, for the first time in the 21 years since he was fatally shot by Yigal Amir in what is now Rabin Square, following a peace rally. Organizers had announced on Sunday that the ceremony in Rabin Sq. will be canceled this year, due to a lack of funding and sponsors.

After hearing of the cancelation, though, Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog came out with a statement of his own, saying the Labor Party, which he heads, will take on the memorial.

«We, the Labor party, will organize an alternative rally,» read the statement. «It should also be noted that the rally was always the responsibility of private and external bodies, but that since this involves the murder of our leader, former Labor learder Yitzhak Rabin, we insist on conducting an alternative rally, taking into account the time constraints and conditions.»

Brig. Gen. (res.) Asaf Agmon, who was one of the original organizers, elaborated on their initial decision to put together an event. “Toward Yom Kippur, I discovered that there probably wasn’t going to be a ceremony commemorating Rabin’s assassination, since no organization was willing to take on the responsibility of overseeing it. As a result, I decided to take it upon myself, including raising the necessary budget.»

Before the Labor party stepped in, he regretfully announced the ceremony’s cancelation on Sunday afternoon, adding, «This is a stain in the history of the State of Israel.”

News of the would-be cancelation quickly raised a wave of public protestation. Producer Hemi Sal, who took part in organizing the Rabin memorial ceremony in past years, responded to news of this year’s cancelation.

“As someone who has been accompanying the annual rallies in memory of Rabin for 20 years, it is inconceivable to me that this year the traditional ceremony in Rabin Sq. won’t take place,” said Sal. “Now more than ever, as voices of incitement and divisiveness rise from within Israeli society, it would make sense that we all arrive at and fill the square.”

At present, a ceremony will be held in Rabin Sq. Further details as to what it will include are forthcoming.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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Antisemitism/Argentina. The increase in antisemitic incidents is “fierce”

Agencia AJN.- The Asociation of Israeli Delegations in Argentina (DAIA) qualifies as «fierce» the increase in the number of antisemitic incidents in Argentina, after the anual report over the 107 percent increase during 2018 in comparation with the previous year.

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Agencia AJN.- This way was how the president of DAIA, Jorge Knoblovits, present today the details of the anual report of antisemitism, in a reunion realized in the Centro Cultural Kirchner of Buenos Aires.

Anyway, the communitarian leader said that “It is not fierce only in Argentina, it is fierce worldwide”.

“I start with an autocritic: with the results of the investigation and the results of the center of social studies, the increment of heat speeches and antisemitic acts that DAIA registerd, I think we hadn´t done enough for the memory and fighting the hate speeches beacuse the increase is fierce”, added Knoblovits after presenting the document.

Also, he remarks that “in Europe, reciently The Economist determines that 34 percent of europeans, where Shoa took place and where 6 millions died, dosen’t registres what Holocaust is”.

“In Argentina, being antisemitic and discriminating is a crime. He is punished by the Law. It is a great achievement, beacuse the communities live in peace and we know that discrimination is a crime”, highlighted the president of DAIA.

In this track, he describes that the increase of 107 percent had impulsed DAIA to develope “an app for people to can denunce this acts, not only antisemitic, any time of discrimination”.

“Also, whe put totems in subway, bus and train station, and in shopping for people to register that there is a place for register the denunces that are wecolme», afirms.

Knoblovits sustain that “many of the denunces” recibed where judicialized. “The sensation that I have is that we give judicial fight, but we are losing the culture fight. That’s the battle that we don’t want to lose. Inside the culture field, we are gonna do everything possible so we don’t have never again discrimination acts in Argentina, or at least those are gonna be fighted by us”, concluded.

Following the report, there had been 834 antisemitic acts in 2018, in comparation with the 404 reported in 2017.

The estadistics and investigation will be presented by DAIA and INADI (National Institute against Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism).

The anual report of antisemitism was realized by DAIA with the Gino Germani Institute and the Center of Social Studies.

This year is the number 20 since the fisrt anual report published by the political organization of the argentinian jewish community, that stablished that practice in 1998.

Report shows that 68% of the incidents had place in Buenos Aires, and 32% where in the rest of the country. About the 834 reported incidents, DAIA said that 71% happend online, mostly in web sites, and 17% of that number appeares in social networks.

The report also shows that 27% of antisemitic material online had xenophobia against jews, while 18% was pushed by the events that took place in Middle East, 17% had relation with nazi simbology and jewish world domination conspiracy among other misconceptions.

Gino Germani Insitute present a poll of social perceptions of Jews in Argentina.

The poll shows that 53% of 1443 people interviewed agrees that there is discrimination against jews, while 87% didn’t know what it was the zionism.

The Report remarks that 61% agreed with the antisemitic prejudice of the «influence» of jews in international markets and 47% belives that jews are the first in not helping people in need.

The information for this poll was collected between June and July of this year.

In the presentation of the report, will join Knoblovits, the president of the Conferencia Episcopal Argentina y the bishop of San Isidro Monseñor Oscar Ojea, Néstor Cohen, who runs the investigation of Gino Germani Institute, the director of Social Center, Marisa Braylan and one of the principal investigatores, Verónica Constantino.

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