In rare move, ADL joins campaign against former far-right politician slated to head Yad Vashem – Haaretz

| November 5, 2020

The Anti-Defamation League has joined the campaign against the appointment of Effi Eitam, a former far-right politician and military commander, to the top position at Yad Vashem, citing his problematic moral record.

Malawi to be first African nation to open embassy in Jerusalem – Cleveland Jewish News

| November 5, 2020

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera announced in a video message on Tuesday that his country intends to establish a permanent embassy in Jerusalem by next summer. The message was delivered by Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka during a meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi, his Israeli counterpart. Malawi would be only the third country after the United States and Guatemalaand the first African countryto open an embassy in the Israeli capital.

Malawi to be first African state with embassy in Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Post

| November 5, 2020

Malawi plans to open an embassy in Israel and and place it in Jerusalem, making it the first African state to do so in recent decades, Malawian Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka announced Tuesday during a visit to Israel.Malawi, which does not have an embassy in Israel, plans to open one by next summer, he said.Malawi is a pioneer, and the decision is further proof of the ties between the country and the widening of the circle of peace, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said.Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel, will be a bridge of peace for the whole world, and I call on more countries to follow in Malawis path and move their embassies to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, he said.The United States and Guatemala are the only countries that have embassies in Jerusalem, although several other others have said they would open one, including Brazil, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Honduras, Moldova, Romania and the Czech Republic.Since its founding in 1964, Malawi is one of the few African states with which Israel has had continuous diplomatic relations. It has provided Malawi with aid, especially in agriculture, for many years. Ivory Coast, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Kenya were among 16 countries that opened embassies in Jerusalem starting in the 1950s, and closed them following the Yom Kippur War, when may African states cut ties with Israel

Will a possible Biden win have an influence on EU-Israel relations ? – European Jewish Press

| November 5, 2020

Since the arrival of Gabi Ashkenazi as Israels Foreign Minister there has been a change of atmosphere regarding EU-Israel relations. The tone has become more positive especially since Israel signed normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrein. Ashkenazi participated in a meeting with all 27 EU member states in Berlin at the end of August

Great non-fiction on tap at upcoming Arts, Books & Culture Festival – Jewish Community Voice

| November 5, 2020

Our communitys muchanticipated annual Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books, and Culture of the Katz JCC begins in just a few days. Dont be shut outorder your tickets now (buy tickets at katzjcc.org/abcfest or call 424- 4444, ext. 1114 or ext.

Rabbis volunteering in Philadelphia encounter the unexpected: Peace and optimism – The Times of Israel

| November 5, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (JTA) As Election Day has arrived during perhaps the most charged campaign in recent history, many eyes have been on Pennsylvania, a swing state that both the Biden and Trump camps see as a must-win. While commentators and security experts have warned about the possibility of politically motivated violence on Election Day or in its aftermath, Pennsylvanias political diversity has made it seem like a fertile ground for such tensions. But at around noon on Election Day in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of West Oak Lane, the biggest problem faced by three local rabbis who had signed up as election volunteers was how close they could stand to the door of a polling place