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Friday, October 29, 2010

Germany Has Never Been So Israelized

On October 31st, friends of Israel from all religions and more than 70 organizations will meet in Frankfurt. More than 600 participants; almost 50 exhibitors; the secretary general of the Kadima Party, Yohanan Plesner; the president of the Central Council of Jews, Charlotte Knobloch as a sponsor, the head of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Group, Jerzy Montag – they will all meet in Frankfurt on the last Saturday in October.

“Israel is not alone” is the mutual persuasion of the congressional participants. For the first time, Christian and Jewish friends of Israel, political and charitable organizations, will unite to demonstrate and call for mutual solidarity with the Jewish State of Israel.

The responsible organizations have undertaken much – the Christians on the Side of Israel (non-profit), the “I like Israel” association, the Frankfurt German-Israeli Society, and the operators of the Internet portal “Honestly Concerned.” In various podiums, politicians, authors and representatives of Jewish and Christian organizations will have discussions about “Israel, Islamism and Western Policy,” about “Antisemitism and Antiisraelism,” as well as “Iran and Terror.” Welcoming addresses from representatives of the city of Frankfurt and the state of Hesse, from the Central Council as well as the Jewish communities in Berlin and Frankfurt will start the event.

Besides politics, the literary and musical entertainment will also play a role – the organizers have invited the young Israeli star Eden Haham. Roman Kuperschmidt and his clarinet will accompany the serious to lighthearted congressional topics with song and dance. Arye Sharuz Shalicar and Ralph Giordano will read interesting things from their books.

The list of organizations offering information, materials and membership reaches from A as in Am Echad to Z as in Zionist Organization and encompasses such varying organizations as the Council for the Coordination of Associations for Christian-Jewish Collaboration, the American Jewish Committee or the Saxon Friends of Israel.

The abundance of offerings at the First German Israel Day can be topped of by Israeli food that will tempt you to try and enjoy, a tombola with flights to Israel waiting for the lucky raffle winner, and with Israeli specialties, arts and crafts, and jewelry available for purchase.

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» Flyer of the program for download