Join us in celebrating historical and current events surrounding the Balfour Declaration Centenary.
Tue28Feb2017Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Joint ConferenceShow details
Amb. Dore Gold – President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affair
Dr. Michael Borchard – Director, Israel Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
First Session: The Balfour Declaration: Past, Present and Future The Historical Paths to the Balfour Declaration
Prof. Andrew Roberts – Department of War Studies, King’s College, London; and Founding Member, Friends of Israel Initiative
Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain
Col. Richard Kemp – Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan
100 Years Later, What Will the Future Hold?
Prof. Julius H. Schoeps – Director of the Moses Mendelsohn Centre of European Jewish Studies at Potsdam University
Second Session: Legal Issues
Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?
Prof. Ruth Lapidoth – Hebrew University, Israel Prize recipient
The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration
Prof. Nicholas Rostow – Colgate University
From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel in 1948 – Connecting the Dots from the Perspective of International Law
Dr. Jacques Gauthier – International lawyer and scholar, served as legal counsel to the governments of France, Spain, Mexico and Canada
Third Session: Diplomatic and Political Aspects
Israel and the International Community 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
Amb. Clemens von Goetze – German Ambassador to Israel
Lessons for Diplomats from the Balfour Declaration
Amb. Daniel Taub – Director of Strategy and Planning at the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation in Jerusalem
How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today
Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
From the Balfour Declaration to a Palestinian State?
Moshe Arens – Former Israeli Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs
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Simultaneous Translation – Hebrew/English
The 65th birthday of the State of Israel
An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem on the evening of Independence Day. The ceremony includes a speech by the speaker of the Knesset, artistic performances, a Flag of Israel, forming elaborate structures such as a Menorah or Magen David, and the ceremonial lighting of twelve torches, one for each of the Tribes of Israel.
Every year a dozen Israeli citizens, who made a significant social contribution in a selected area, are invited to light the torches. Many cities hold outdoor performances in cities' squares featuring leading Israeli singers and fireworks displays. Streets around the squares are closed to cars, allowing people to sing and dance in the streets!
The San Remo Convention was an international meeting of the post-World War I Allied Supreme Council; granting the right under international law for Jews to settle anywhere in western Palestine - the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. One should keep the San Romero conference in mind to remind us Jews of our rights to our ancestral home.
Sat01Jul2017Sun31Dec2017The National Library of IsraelShow details
After years of bureaucratic maneuvering to loan the original Balfour Declaration from the British Library, it will finally be on display here at the National Library of Israel, hopefully along with all related items. Look forward to it!
Sun02Jul20177:30 pmBeth Protea, 5 Asher Barash Street, HerzliyaShow details
The Great Debate
Invitation to our Annual Panel Discussion to be held at Beth Protea on Sunday 2nd July at 19.30pm
Following on from last years ‘Israel and the War of Words’ debate, this years will be no less exciting - and entertaining - as we celebrate the centenary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.
The subject of debate will be:
The Balfour Declaration – 100 Years On
Its significance of what it began and what it begot
Where is Zionism today ideologically, culturally and politically.
The Road Ahead…..
Our three panelists are:
Prof. Gerald Steinberg from Bar Ilan University is the founder and president of the NGO Monitor, that exposes distortions of human rights issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict and provides information and context for the benefit of NGOs working in the Middle East. He is in the forefront of exposing the anti-Israel agendas of NGOs in their ‘War against Israel” born out of the infamous Durban Conference of 2001.
Dr. Elana Heiderman is the Executive Director of the Israel Forever Foundation. A recipient of the Herzl Prize, Elana contributes her skills in leadership training programs throughout Israel, the USA, the UK, South Africa, Australia, South America, India, and Jordan. Her innovative initiatives aim to deepen Holocaust awareness, to expand respect for Israel, and to strengthen Jewish identity around the world.
Dr. David Breakstone is Vice Chairman of the Jewish Agency, former Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Founding Director of the Herzl Museum and Educational Center. He has published extensively on Jewish education, Israel-Diaspora relations, Zionism, and Conservative Judaism. His recent contributions to these fields include A Journey with Herzl; Fulfilling the Dream.
The evening’s agenda includes:
· Photo exhibition on the Balfour Declaration in the foyer.
· Telfed (South African Zionist Federation-Israel) will present the Telfed Maurice Ostroff Scholarship to a student in the field of Government & Diplomacy.
· Presentation of the TbT Annual Award in the name of Maurice Ostroff (z’l), Cofounder of TbT. This honour is bestowed on a person “for sustained effort to ensure accurate media presentation of Israel.”
· The Debate (See below)
Following the panel discussion, refreshments will be served on the outside patio.
Date: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017.
Venue: Beth Protea, 5 Asher Barash Street, Herzliya
Time: 19.30 (Exhibition, followed by presentations and debate)
Entrance fee: NIS 20
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The Land of Israel which was previously part of the Ottoman Empire was taken by the British after WWI, which granted us the opportunity to establish the State of Israel with thanks to the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement.
The League of Nations mandate was drafted by the victors of World War I. The mandates consisted of two phases: The formal removal of sovereignty of the state previously controlling the territory and the transfer of mandatory powers to individual states among the Allied Powers.
Lecture by Melanie Phillips at Beit Avi Chai, Jerusalem:
"The Balfour Declaration -- High Point of British Support for Zionism"
Jointly sponsored by the JHSE's Israel branch and Beit Avi Chai
JHSE meeting at Beit Avi Chai. . Four speakers describe
"November 1917 -- How the Balfour Declaration was celebrated in
London, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool"
Wed01Nov2017Thu02Nov2017Israel Academy of Sciences and HumanitiesShow details
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will be providing a platform for experts to speak on the subject of the Balfour Declaration and related topics before and on the day of the Balfour centenary.
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Thu02Nov2017Weizmann Hall, Jewish Agency, RehovotShow details
For the Balfour centenary Leslie Arnold Turnberg, will be holding a lecture at the Weizmann Hall, Jewish Agency.
Leslie Arnold Turnberg, Baron Turnberg, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, is a British medical professional and an author of many publications and books related to the medical and health services fields. His experience extends to areas of research in these fields, and maintaining a clinical practice. He has published four books and some 150 articles on medical and scientific research, as well as being part of the Labour Party (UK).
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JHSE lecture by Barry Shaw provisionally entitled:
"From Palestine to Israel -- A Tale of Heroism and Villainy"
Each year a dinner is held hosting prominent Jewish citizens in honor of the Balfour Declaration's creation and the birth of Israel.
This year our guests of honour are: Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, a British investment banker and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family, also Honorary President of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research; and Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, an Israeli politician who has been Speaker of the Knesset since 2013.
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This is a day every Jew should remember as an important step toward establishing relations of peace and harmony with our Arab neighbors. Following last year’s successful event, The Israel Forever Foundation and The Zionist Council will be collaborating to promote this positive vision of the future.
Lecture by Eyal Offenbach