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July 28th, 2014 - Av 1st, 5774

Propaganda Should
Not Be Required
by Guido Vitale*

The editorial staff at the Union of Italian Jewish Communities has intensified its work as a result of the conflict in the Middle East, and the terrorist attacks on the Israeli civilian population. In addition to the usual online and print publications, we have now added flash updates on an hourly basis. This is a job that the crisis has rendered essential, but that we sincerely hope to be able to stop as soon as the situation allows. Israel, in fact, does not need propaganda, but only honest and fair reporting. All Jewish journalists suffer in reporting news of war and will rejoice when they will be able to report news of peace and civilization.

*Guido Vitale is the editor-in-chief of Pagine Ebraiche.
Italian Word of the Week:
by Daniela Gross

At first sight the word of the week has nothing to do with the Italian Jewry. “Viaggio” means “journey” and that’s absolutely not a specific Jewish characteristic: All the world travels, especially in the summertime. But the concept of travel is strictly connected to the Jewish way of life. I don’t want to go into historical issues, here, explaining how and until what point the migrations influenced the Jewish people through the centuries. My point here is different and has to do exclusively with the actuality of being today an Italian Jew.

We are not a big community: less than 30,000 people spread throughout a country of 57 millions. Almost half live in Rome, less than 10,000 in Milan and the other in medium or big communities. In these conditions to explore and better understand your identity, to find new ideas, new hints and to connect with new friends you have there’s no choice but move: mainly if you live in a small community and you grew up, since the kindergarten, with no more than three or four peers.

This is why many projects built by the Italian Jewish Communities are designed to put people in communication developing meetings and travels. The young are traditionally the main protagonists. Every year summer camps are promoted in Italy and there are travels to Europe and to Israel. In this issue we write about Taglit, the traditional trip to Israel that even in these difficult days doesn’t stop.  The article reports the voices of a group of Italian youths: Even the preceding generation would have told the same stories but now it has certainly a different and deep meaning.
Taglit, the Experience Goes On

By Rossella Tercatin

“If the trip goes on like this, nobody will be willing to go back home!”.
The comment made by Noemi Ascarelli and Diletta Camerini is pretty common among people who are attending Taglit-Birthright Israel, an educational trip which offers young adults (aged 18-26) from all over the world the opportunity to visit Israel and confront their Jewish identity (“`Taglit” means discovery in Hebrew).
The girls’ words are even more remarkable in the fact that their Taglit is happening during one of the most difficult crisis Israel has had to face in the past few years.
But Birthright trips are still going on: some people have decided not to go, but not a single group was canceled.  In the same way life in Israel goes on, perhaps not as usual, but with the willingness of not letting the terrorist attacks win.

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Europe and anti-Semitism
By Daniela Gross

These are troubled and obscure days for the European Jewry and for all those who, in Europe but not only, still believe in the possibility of peaceful coexistence among cultures and religions. The dramatic news that day by day arrive from Israel join an awful wave of anti-Semitism that sweeps the Occidental countries with unexpected violence.
The signals of a renewed anti-Semitism in that area – mainly in France and Belgium - were evident even in the last years. But the Middle East conflict sparked violent and angry reactions both in the world of Arabic extremism and in the area of extreme left. So, too often pro-Palestine public protests degenerated in anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic demonstrations, as it happened in Paris.

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AJC: "UN Human Rights Council Absolves Hamas"
“AJC is dismayed by the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council resolution that sharply criticizes Israel, while totally absolving Hamas of any role or responsibility in the current conflict” read a statement issued by the American Jewish Committee after the resolution was adopted with 29 nations voting in favor, the United States opposed, and 17 countries, primarily from Europe and Africa, abstaining.

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Redazione Aperta, an Open Workshop
By Ada Treves

Working as a journalist for the newsroom of the Union of the Jewish Communities of Italy is a challenging experience. Apart for the compelling evidence that you have to add to the moral and ethical principle of the job itself those of Judaism - and regular seminars on these subjects are part of the journalists’ life - being the lucky few dealing professionally with information in such a contest is not easy. Not easy in normal times, and frankly difficult during these sad and worrying days when the journalists working for the portal of Italian Jewry have added special initiatives to cover the situation in Israel, on top of normal, everyday work.

One lucky coincidence has made all this possible: for once all the journalists working for Pagine Ebraiche, DafDaf, Italia Ebraica and moked.it were together. Every year since the Information Department of Ucei was born, two weeks – the second half of July – are devoted to a special experience, cherished by everyone: Redazione Aperta, a sort of an open workshop, a special time for working together, discussing problems and finding solutions”.

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„Ich bin alarmiert“

von Anton Rainer*

Elisabetta Rossi Innerhofer , Präsidentin der jüdischen Gemeinde Meran über antisemitische Proteste, den Konflikt im Gazastreifen und den Friedenswunsch der israelischen Bevölkerung
Tageszeitung: Frau Rossi, seit in ganz Europa Proteste gegen den israelischen Staat ausgebrochen sind, mehren sich die Klagen über antisemitische Aktionen. In Paris stand ein jüdischer Lebensmittelladen in Brand, in Berlin wurden rassistische Rufe wie „Jude, Jude, feiges Schwein“ skandiert. Sind Sie besorgt?
Elisabetta Rossi: Ich bin mehr als nur besorgt, ich bin alarmiert, auch weil es keine neue Entwicklung darstellt. Vor Jahren war ich selbst davon überzeugt, dass der ganze Antizionismus, die Rufe gegen Juden etc. nur die Kritik an der Politik Israels widerspiegeln. Jetzt nicht mehr. Die antisemitischen Bewegungen und Aktion, die sich in Italien glücklicherweise noch in Grenzen halten, haben auf europäischer Ebene zerstörerische Ausmaße angenommen.

(Die Neue Suedtiroler Tageszeitung, 22. Juli 2014)

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The Land of Israel and Us

By Eliezer Di Martino*

Recently we have seen a renewal of Aliyah to Eretz Israel from several parts of the world. The desire to do Aliyah is a result of various reasons and contexts, but whatever reason brings a Jewish family or person to emigrate to Israel it is absolutely astonishing that  they do so, even while Israel is going through a period of harsh struggle. The desire to do Aliyah keeps on.
In the parashah that we read last Sabbath in our synagogues, we read:  "And you will take possession of the land, and dwell in it, because I have given this land to you to ensure that you possess it" (BeMidbar 33, 53)
This brings us to one of the great tensions in Judaism and in Jewish history: the religious sense of the land of Israel.

*Eliezer Di Martino is the Chief Rabbi of Trieste

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