Avner Shalev

Politics Overshadows Pope’s Pilgrimage

03/17/2000
Staff Writer
Jerusalem — At about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff in the history of Catholicism to recognize a State of Israel on its own soil. Clutching his wooden staff under a steady rain, the stooped, white-robed Pope stood at a lectern at a festively decorated Ben-Gurion Airport landing strip, and in a hoarse voice said in English: “I greet all the people of the State of Israel.”

Seeing Other People’s Genocide

08/07/2009
Staff Writer
The faces staring at the photographs on the walls of Yad Vashem were black, the faces staring back were white, but the pain that united them knows no color. A group of African refugees, most from Sudan’s murder-ridden Darfur region, toured Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial center this week, where they were welcomed by Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem’s chairman, and learned the story of a genocide that preceded theirs, at the hands of an Islamic regime, by more than a half-century. For many of the visitors it was their first time in a museum.

Seeing Other People’s Genocide

08/05/2009
Staff Writer
The faces staring at the photographs on the walls of Yad Vashem were black, the faces staring back were white, but the pain that united them knows no color. A group of African refugees, most from Sudan’s murder-ridden Darfur region, toured Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial center this week, where they were welcomed by Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem’s chairman, and learned the story of a genocide that preceded theirs, at the hands of an Islamic regime, by more than a half-century. For many of the visitors it was their first time in a museum.
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