20 January 2017 - 22 Tevet 5777 - כ"ב טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ז
ZAKA assists in burial request E-mail

Zaka, the Israel-based humanitarian volunteer organisation, reported in May that its legal department had received a request from a family whose brother died in Thailand.

The niftar (the deceased person) had left a will in which he requested to be cremated as he did not wish to be a burden to his family by compelling them to cover the expense of having him buried in Israel.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry was brought in to express the family’s objections to the cremation and its desire to take the body to Israel for burial.

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Israel’s popuation increases by 2.2% E-mail

Israel’s population has grown 2.2% since last year’s Independence Day, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported in May.

Israel’s population has risen to 8,522,000. The population has grown more than tenfold since Israel was established in 1948, when the country had 806,000 residents. The Central Bureau of statistics sees Israel having a population of 11.3 million by 2035.

Israel’s population is comprised of 6,377,000 Jews (74.8%), 1,771,000 Arabs (20.8%) and 374,000 others (4.4%) including non-Arab Christians.

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Flag burned on Yom Hashoah E-mail

A group of young people burned an Israeli flag outside a Ukraine Holocaust memorial in Kiev on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The incident near the Babi Yar ravine, where 30,000 Jews were murdered over the course of two days in September 1941, was captured on surveillance video, Interfax Ukraine reported.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko condemned the incident, describing the flag burners as “young vandals”. He called on law-enforcement authorities to investigate. “This happened on the national Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the Jewish people all over the world remember the 6 million victims who perished during WWII,” the press service of Kiev City State Administration quoted Klitscho saying, according to Interfax. “It is intolerable to brutalise the memory of the victims, especially at the place which is globally known as one of the symbols of a terrible crime of fascism, at the [Babi Yar], where dozens of thousands of people of different nationalities, the majority of them Jewish, had been destroyed,” he said.

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Leading agronomist arrives in Myanmar Print E-mail

Israel continues to provide support to Myanmar’s agricultural sector by bringing Dr Avri Bar Zur, an agronomist from ABZagriInternational Agriculture Projects, in May, to research agricultural strategy in Daik U Township, Bago region, Myanmar.

Dr Avris’s consultancy work assists both private and public sectors providing solutions to rural development, water supply, agriculture projects and food business.

Dr. Avri, has extensive experience in farming, and has become a scientist and projects manager.

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Jerusalem on 19 April. Prime Minister Lee, accompanied by his wife and heading a 60-person delegation, was on an official visit.

This was the first-ever visit to Israel by a prime minister of Singapore since Singapore was founded 51 years ago, and since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1969.

Prime Minister Lee was accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad. After the welcoming ceremony, the two prime ministers met privately and then held an expanded meeting with National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Minister Dr Yuval Steinitz and the invited ministers. The two leaders discussed increasing bilateral cooperation in cyber, security and economic matters, and increasing trade.

In his opening address Prime Minister Netanyahu noted the visit was a historic occassion. “I’m honoured to be the first Israeli prime minister to welcome a prime minister of Singapore to our country. I think your arrival here reflects a coming of age in the relations between our two countries. There is a deep friendship between Israel and Singapore. We have so much in common. We are small nations that leave a very large imprint on the world scene,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Lee responded and thanked the Prime Minister Netanyahu for the warm welcome. “We have a long and deep relationship between Singapore and Israel. Our business-to-business ties are strong. Israel is the second-largest contributor of foreign direct investments in Singapore from the Middle East, and we admire your technical prowess and ecosystem.”

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