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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Greer Fay Cashman
Date: Oct 10, 2000
Start Page: 17
Section: Features
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NEXT month is Poland's turn to celebrate a 10th aniversary - the anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic ties with Israel. Polish ambassador Maciej Kozlowski will host his country's Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a righteous gentile and an honorary citizen of Israel who has been to this country several times.

"Now it's time for a Hebrew lesson," said [Zvulun Orlev] who stressed the need for greater investments in informal education. "I don't want to talk to you about the standard of education in the State of Israel," he said, because I don't want to spoil your appetite. While this was Orlev's only allusion to politics, others who mounted the podium at the dinner honoring educators Barbara Wachspress and the late Rabbi Yehuda Tokayer, were a little less subtle. Cantor Asher Hainovitz included in his short repertoire This land is mine, the theme song from the movie Exodus and legal expert Professor Nahum Rakover, the grandson of the man for whom the Mandelbaum Gate was named, recalled that in his youth, the gate could only be used by non-Jews travelling between Israel and Jordan. But he also remembered a period of coexistence and mutual respect between Arabs and Jews. But that may have been because both, at the time, were living under foreign rule.

NOT everyone is accorded the honors which he or she deserves. We often find ourselves wondering why the accomplishments of X,Y or Z have gone unheralded and unrecognized. Thus it was a great pleasure for Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert to learn that his friend London businessman Willie Nagel a broker with De Beers, has been presented with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding services to British-German relations and in particular between the British Jewish community and Germany. Nagel, 75, was born in Bukowina and together with his parents reached Eretz Israel where he remained till after the war. He was subsequently educated in England, where he became a successful diamond broker. He was also the founder of Punchline, a company engaged in international joint ventures in the economic and political sphere. In addition to his wide ranging business interests, Nagel is also a philanthropist who has contributed generously to various causes in England, Germany and Israel. He has also invested in Israel and inter alia is a partner in Keshet. He has worked tirelessly for German-Jewish understanding.

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