There are many distinguished guests visiting Israel this week to take part in a vital conference about anti-Semitism, hosted by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (GFCA) is the premier bi-annual gathering for assessing the state of Antisemitism globally, and formulating effective forms of societal and governmental response. The Forum serves as an important meeting place for exchange of knowledge and for formulating the global work plan for combatting Antisemitism.
The official opening session of the Global Forum will include greetings from Ambassador Gideon Behar, Director of the Department for Combating Antisemitism, MFA, Israel Conference Chair :Speakers (Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (TBC ,Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice President for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, European Commission Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein Speaker of the Knesset Mr. Heiko Mass, Federal Minister of Justice, Federal Republic of Germany (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel (TBC (Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Israel (TBC Musical Interludes
The 2015 Global Forum will focus on two main themes: The Oldest Hatred in the Newest Vessels: Confronting Antisemitism and Hate Speech on the Internet and in Social Media
The ARI Institute will be discussing the special role of Israel and the Jewish people throughout history and why this is more relevant than ever right now. For more insight about the special role of the Jews in global affairs, the following is an excerpt from my Huffington Post blog, How Have The Jewish People Survived?:
“Throughout history, Jews have been persecuted, dispersed, and almost annihilated more times than one can count. We must not forget them, certainly not the Holocaust, and yet it seems that mere remembering the persecutions and executions does not prevent future atrocities from taking place.
This brings to mind three questions: 1) Why has remembering the persecutions alone not helped prevent future ones? 2) What will prevent the next catastrophe? 3) If so many nations have tried to annihilate the Jews for so many centuries, then why are there still Jews?”
Who Are You People of Israel?
This is the message that we featured in the New York Times.
Download the full booklet here: Who Are You People of Israel?