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ICEJ participates in ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’ event

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29 Jun 2012 (All day)
ICEJ participates in ‘Miss Holocaust Survivor’ event

The ICEJ sent a large delegation to Haifa Thursday evening to participate in a pageant to crown “Miss Holocaust Survivor” which was organized by Yad Ezer L'Haver, or Helping Hand, which assists needy Holocaust survivors in Israel. Over 300 contestants entered the competition from around Israel and the judges used several criteria, mostly based on the accounts they gave of their experience during the Holocaust, to determine the finalists. Shimon Sabag, director of Yad Ezer L’Haver, took time before the event to thank the ICEJ for its assistance in raising the funds to renovate the assisted living center in Haifa where over 100 elderly survivors are currently residing, including several of the pageants contestants. Minutes before the contest began, Sabag helped municipal officials dedicate the street the center is on as “Center for the Christian Embassy” in recognition of the contribution the ICEJ made to its development. The evening concluded with ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jurgen Buehler crowning the winner, Hava Hershkovitz, 79, who was born in Romania.

SCAF wins round with Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Egypt appears to have won a round in its ongoing struggle for power and influence with the surging Muslim Brotherhood, as President-elect Mohamed Morsy will be compelled to take the oath of office on Saturday in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court. The location of the swearing in ceremony is important because it will symbolically demonstrate that Morsy recognizes the authority of the court, which recently issued a ruling which led to the Islamist dominated parliament being dissolved. Additionally, SCAF chairman Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, 76, will remain as the defense minister in the new government. In related news, Morsy’s office issued a statement on Thursday saying it plans to sue Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency for fabricating an interview with Morsy in which it quoted him as saying he wanted to improve ties between Cairo and Teheran.

Palestinians demand the arrest of Mofaz
Palestinian activists staged a protest in front of the office of the Palestinian Authority’s Attorney General on Thursday to demand that the PA arrest Israeli Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz this Sunday when he arrives in Ramallah for talks with PA president Mahmoud Abbas. "We came here today to the attorney general's office to demand the arrest of Mofaz, rather than his reception," activist Ali Bidaat told AFP. "Mofaz is responsible for crimes against our people in Gaza and the West Bank." Other activists at the protest waved signs which read "Shame on our leadership for receiving killers."

Iranian official detained in Cyprus
Cypriot security forces briefly detained Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the Larnaca Airport on Thursday because his name appeared on an EU sanctions list banning entry and travel within the EU to Iranian citizens who are connected with the Islamic Republic’s renegade nuclear program. However, Salehi was allowed to enter the country when it was discovered that the EU had waved the restriction when he became Teheran’s foreign minister.

Israel ranks high in OECD health index
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report on Thursday showing that Israelis are on average younger than the populations of other developed countries. The statistics also showed that Israelis live longer and are in less likely to suffer from obesity and other health problems. However, the report also showed that Israel has fewer per capita hospital beds and nurses as well as lower medical budgets than many other developed countries. Health officials credited the Mediterranean diet, climate, lifestyle and even religious observance as factors which led to the positive state of Israelis overall health and well being.


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