Tuesday, 4 September 2012

First female news anchor wearing a hijab on Egyptian State TV 

3. September 2012 – For the first time in the history of the Egyptian State TV an anchor-woman presented the news wearing a hijab. Critical voices suspect the Muslim Brotherhood is planning in introducing Sharia Law to Egypt. While former president Mubarak was in office, women wearing hijabs could only work behind the camera. Read more. 

Students of the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa announced boycott

3. September 2012 – University students in South Africa announced an academic and cultural boycott of Israel to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people living in the disputed territories.  In 2011 the University of Johannesburg was the first University in the world to impose an academic boycott on Israel Read more. 

Mongolia’s President, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, visited nuclear facility in Iranian town of Natanz 

2. September 2012 - The Mongolian President, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, visited, as first foreign leader, the Natanz nuclear plant in Iran. Last week the Iranian government denied diplomats during the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit to visit any nuclear plants in the country. Read more. 

Couple in Bosnian town of Srebrenica to plan first interfaith marriage since the end of the war 

2. September 2012 - Almir Salihovic, a Muslim resident of Srebrenica, and his Catholic fiancée, Dusica Rendulic, are planning the first interfaith wedding, since the end of the war, in May.  Only a few couples in Bosnia are willed to marry outside their ethnicity. Read more. 

19 Poles that recently discovered their Jewish heritage visited Israel  

1.September 2012 – Last week a group of 19 Polish travellers went to Israel in order to discover Judaism and what living in a Jewish state looks like. Shavei Israel, the group that organized the trip, said that giving people the chance visiting Israel also benefits, people get more aware about the Jewish cause and may sympathise more with Israeli policies. Read more. 

Josh Berger’s short film: “Jew”

31. August 2012 – Film maker Josh Berger’s movie “Jew” focuses on a Jewish boxer encountering anti-Semitism.  He portrays how anti-Semitism is still vivid all over the world. Berger got his inspiration from overhearing anti-Semitic slurs in California, visiting Concentration Camps in Europe, walking the March of the Living and travelling to Israel. Read more.

San Francisco’s public transport and pro-Israel advertisement

31. August 2012 – “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” This paid advertisement can be found on busses of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. People around town afraid boarding busses showing support with Israel. Read more.

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