5 June 2020 - 14 Sivan 5780 - י"ד סיון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Iarael’s Consulate in Hong Kong organises an event to mark ‘forgotten refugees’ from Arab lands E-mail

Israel’s Consulate in Hong Kong recently organised for the first time two events marking the departure and expulsion of Jews from Arab countries and Iran in the 20th century.

November 30 is the official Memorial Day, based on a law passed by the Israel’s Parliament the Knesset in 2014.

The Consulate marked this special day with an event at Elsa High School and an exhibition at the Jewish Community Centre.

At Elsa, on 22 November, Yael Lenga Ben-Hur, Consul of Israel in Hong Kong, joined with schoolteachers to present the background and personal accounts of these “forgotten refugees” who were forced to flee from their homes and to leave the countries where they had lived for millennia.

Jews had lived in the Arab lands for thousands of years; however, in the 20th century, with the rise of Arab nationalism and the conflict in Palestine, the new Arab regimes began a campaign of massive violations of the rights of their Jewish citizens, effectively denouncing and expelling many of them from their homes in retaliation to burgeoning conflict. Current research estimates that the number of Jews living in Arab countries in the North African region (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya) and in the Middle East (Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iran) totaled more than 850,000 at the time of Israel’s independence.

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Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival celebrating 30 years E-mail

This month the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival will take place from 18-20 December at the TelAvivMuseumofArt.

It is one of the most respected and prominent jazz events in Israel, having earned a prestigious reputation over the past decades.

Over the three-day festival, dozens of artists from Israel and abroad will celebrate new original works, including live performances, tribute shows, and music that aims to break the boundaries of genre.

Marking its 30th birthday, a strong lineup of artists are billed too make an appearance, including seasoned American Hammond organ player Joey DeFrancesco, and French accordionist extraordinaire Richard Galliano.

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Mogao Grottoes and other Chinese treasures exhibited E-mail

An exhibition featuring the Mogao Grottoes, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in northwest China’s Gansu Province, opened at the China Cultural Center in Tel-Aviv last month.

The exhibition includes two parts: the digital Dunhuang exhibition entitled The Pearl of the Silk Road Living in Digitised Eternity, and a Chinese painting exhibition entitled Pilgrimage Dunhuang.

The Mogao Grottoes are home to collections of Buddhist artwork — more than 2,000 coloured sculptures and 45,000 square metres of murals in 735 caves carved along a cliff.

Nowadays, the site is an important tourist attraction and the subject of archeological studies. It was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1987.

Wearing virtual reality (VR) glasses, visitors could experience the famous caves individually, as well as sculptures and paintings.

“Dunhuang is a famous historical and cultural site in China and is an important city along the ancient Silk Road, a bustling trade route linking China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe,” said Tao Chen, the director of the China Cultural Center in TelAviv, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition event.

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