The Embassy of Israel to Romania donated 71,500 to the Necuvinte Association for helping victims of domestic violence, in an event to celebrate Israel’s 68th Independence Day.
Israeli Ambassador Tamar Samash held a speech at the Friday’s event in Bucharest, explaining the taboo of domestic violence worldwide and the need of awareness about it. One in three women worldwide suffered at least one time from domestic violence, she asserted.
The donation cheque went to Simona Voicescu, chairman of the Necuvinte Association. [editor’s note: ‘necuvinte’, meaning non-words, is a term coined by Romanian poet Nichita Stanescu]. The Association will carry out a joint campaign with the Romanian Police to prevent and the domestic violence, under the heading ‘Broken Wings.’
The event on the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the modern State of Israel was attended by Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu, Justice Minister Raluca Pruna, Education Minister Adrian Curaj, Minister-Delegate for the Relations with Romanians Abroad Dan Stoenescu, political leaders and members of the diplomatic corps in Bucharest.
Ambassador Samash opened the event by presenting the audience the history of Israel and the present challenges to her country. Despite all adversities home and abroad, Israel has a flourishing economy, cutting-edge technologies, advanced agriculture and a rich cultural life as a multicultural democracy, she said, also mentioning the persisting security issues. Israel nevertheless enjoys peace at its borders and good relations with Jordan and Egypt, and hopes for peace with Palestine and that the peace negotiations will be resumed, the diplomat assured. In the past century, the Jewish people survived the most terrible experience – the Holocaust – but secured its greatest achievement, the creation of the State of Israel, a very young state but with a very long history, she reminded the audience.
Minister-delegate Stoenescu also held a speech on Romania’s relations with Israel. He mentioned that the dialogue between the two states is based on common values and goals and that the bilateral cooperation has steadily developed and witnessed an upward trend. The two countries collaborate in emergency management, culture, education, energy and research, he mentioned. In addition, the economies of the two countries are complementary. Also, Romania recently took over the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, proving its strong commitment to keep alive the memory of Holocaust victims and to combat anti-Semitism and xenophobia.