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Rio Jewish community protests UNESCO resolutions

Agencia AJN.-Over 50,000 people in Brazil and around the world have come together as part of a campaign by the Hillel organization to protest the UN cultural agency’s resolutions that do not mention the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.




Following the two recent resolutions passed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which fail to recognize Jewish affiliation with the Temple Mount and Western Wall area in Jerusalem, the Hillel Organization—the largest Jewish campus organization in the world—has begun promoting students’ connection to their Jewish identities.

It’s largest emphasis so far has been the Jewish community in Brazil.

The organization’s people are active in about 500 campuses in 15 different countries around the world. Their campus in Rio de Janeiro is a central base for Hillel activity across the globe. The UNESCO resolutions and their aftermath stunned the Brazilian Jewish community and the members of Hillel in Rio.

«Our institution has a very strong Jewish and Zionist identity,» said Ronny Rechtman, executive director of Hillel in Rio, «The UNESCO decision caused rage in the community and among groups of our volunteers on social media. At this point, we understood the importance of distributing.

The community’s youths in Rio started a viral campaign organized under the hashtag «#conectadoscomjerusalem» («connected with Jerusalem»), which called for people to post photos that show their personal connection to Jerusalem on social media. It quickly gathered steam and popularity.

Rechtman and Igor Benshimol, the two men responsible for the Rio branch’s communications team, told Ynet, «very quickly, many people from the community joined the campaign, and from there it started to spread to other countries as well.»

According to the two, «On the campaign’s first day, we gathered 120 emotional testimonies and many ‘shares’, and today we’ve reached over 50,000 people who connected to the projects in this way or that to the project, and also signed forms opposing the UNESCO decision.»

Rechtman and Benshimol are calling for the entire Jewish and Israeli public to take part in the project and share their personal ties to Jerusalem on social media, using pictures and stories. «When they make decisions against our people, it gives us a reason to unite, Rechtman told Ynet. «The anger at UNESCO created an opportunity to pass the message along to the entire community.»

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.




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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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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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