Israel Brief August 23, 2011: Canada’s restructured Jewish advocacy agency named the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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Canada’s restructured Jewish advocacy agency gets name

Source: JTA, 8-23-11

Canada’s newly restructured Israel and Jewish advocacy agency finally has a name: the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

The name was announced last week by the organization’s branding committee, which reportedly surveyed preferences from among a select group of stakeholders and interested parties. The new agency oversees and coordinates the work of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel Committee, Quebec-Israel Committee, National Jewish Campus Life and the University Outreach Committee.

The restructuring of Canada Jewish and Israel advocacy organizations was an 18-month-long process conducted largely behind closed doors. The restructuring also resulted in the firing of nine employees, six of them formerly with the Canadian Jewish Congress.

All along, some community members expressed concerns that the consolidation of agencies would result in the demise of the 92-year-old Canadian Jewish Congress. After the announecment, Frank Bialystok, the CJC’s Ontario region chair, said his organization has not disappeared.

“The national executive of Congress is still intact,” Bialystok told the Canadian Jewish News. “We have no budget so we can’t operate. But we own the name. We own the logo. And only we can decide to fold up.”

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Israel Brief August 23, 2011: Tel Aviv Police Remove Housing Protesters From Squat

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Police Remove Protesters From Tel-Aviv Squat

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-23-11

The police removed the social protesters this morning from the abandoned building on Tel Aviv’s Dov Hoz Street that they took over yesterday. “We shall not be moved,” the squatters declared as they set up what they called a “community center” in the building.

200 protesters entered the building, which was once the boarding school and dormitories for young theater actors. The protestors hung a large signtel aviv housing crisis tent cities “Liberated Building” and chanted protest slogans. In a reminder of Tel Aviv’s People’s House, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the protesters said that they would set up a People’s House for community housing in the squat.

Protest leader Hadar Shemesh told “IDF Radio” (Galei Zahal), “The police evicted us. There was no violence on our part. There was some shoving and scuffles, but nothing more. We also counted two arrests. The protest is not over, and it continues by every means. We are united and the eviction will not end this.”

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said that the squatters crossed the line and broke the law. “Until now, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality allowed and even assisted the protest in the city in accordance with the spirit of Tel Aviv democracy. I have frequently expressed my public support for this just protest and personally attended the large rally held in the city,” he said yesterday.

“Regrettably, a line was crossed by a minority of hotheads who chose to break the law and take over a public property which is unsafe. These people exploited the public’s credit for this acceptable and legitimate protest that is in line with Tel Aviv’s values of peace, freedom of expression, and obeying the law, and put it on the path of violence and criminality. The squat is a crime, and such actions not only do not help the protest and violates democratic values, but will boomerang and hurt the protest’s power, the broad support it has had until now, and its legitimacy.”

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