… and many more images of devoted pilgrims HERE
Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today as it opens its doors to the public hosting an Open House event on the occasion of the parliament’s 63 birthday. Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin was quoted saying: ”The Knesset is the house of the people, and this will literally be true, when a crowd of thousands comes to the Knesset to enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of the ”Open House” is to celebrate the Knesset`s birthday in a way which will bring the public closer to the Knesset, its unique role and its operations. The happening taking place on Tu Bishvat will be a mix of educational activities, cultural events, exercises led by MKs and yearly traditional ceremonies. I can promise anyone who comes an exceptional experience.”
Many interactive activities took place in Parliament today including the Knesset Band who welcomed visitors in the front plaza, ‘Story Hour’ for children lead by MKs, an exhibition of the Knesset Guard dog handlers, symposiums lead by MKs on political issues for students, actors dressed as famous Israeli political leaders interacted with visitors and a workshop on hand-powered bicycles for the handicapped.
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Jerusalem gay pride “March For Equality” reaches the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, exactly one year after the massacre in the Bar Noar gay youth club in Tel-Aviv. This year’s parade was very conservative in comparison to previous years, sounding a quiet and solemn political message and commemorating Nir Katz and Liz Trobishi, victims of gunshots on August 1st, 2009.
Gilad Shalit (born 28 August 1986) is an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian militants in a cross border raid near the Gaza Strip on the 25th June 2006 and has been held hostage ever since. Hamas refuse Red Cross visits to Gilad and other rights afforded by the Geneva Conventions.
Now on http://TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem:
Rephael Cohen cheers his team-mates at a special 400 meter circuit prior to the Jerusalem International Half Marathon. The half marathon was dedicated this year to the children of Shalva – The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.
EDIT – 24 March, 2010: I spoke to Asaf Kleiman today, project coordinator for Shalva, who helped me meet Rephael Cohen. He told me something about Rephael I want to share;
Asaf met Rephael one morning when they were both on their way to Shalva. Rephael took a coin out of his pocket near a jelly bean dispensing machine. He asked Asaf to help catch the jelly beans so they wouldn’t fall and scatter. Asaf helped Rephael catch the jelly beans, handed them over to Rephael and they both continued together on their way. Asaf noticed Rephael was not eating the jelly beans and asked him about this. Rephael replied “I buy them for the kids at Shalva who have Down Syndrome to make them happy.”
Just sharing something that moved me…
On the Eve of Yom Kippur David Sakargi seeks penance performing the ancient ritual of Kapparot on:
Amidst yet another wave of rumors regarding an anticipated prisioner swap with Hamas and the possible release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Ariella Rosen does not allow herself to develop expectations and leads a Friday demonstration, on the occasion of Gilad’s 23rd birthday, calling the PM to “bring him home!”
A touching new profile on TIPUSIM.com in Jerusalem