31 March 2020 - 7 Nisan 5780 - ז' ניסן ה' אלפים תש"פ
Alibaba’s Singles Day gearing up in Israel E-mail

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is setting up a direct shipping route to Israel to speed up delivery times from AliExpress ahead of November’s Singles Day.

Alibaba’s Singles Day, akin to Black Friday in the western world, last year recorded a whopping US$31 billion in sales worldwide – a 27% increase from the previous year.

Despite Israel’s relatively small population, Alibaba lists it among AliExpress’ ten hottest markets, and Israeli shoppers came in fourth in the site’s list of global transactions during last year’s Singles Day sales.

Alibaba subsidiary Cainiao Smart Logistics Network will be responsible for directly shipping orders from China to Israel, where state-owned Israel Postal Company will deliver the packages to customers within two days after receiving them.

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More tourism promotions held in India E-mail

Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) conducted a roadshow in Hyderabad on 26 September to enhance commercial ties with the Indian travel trade fraternity.

To retain the growth momentum of Indian arrivals to Israel, the team circulated amongst over 50 key travel and tour operators, MICE providers, and upmarket leisure operators. Commencing with a presentation from IMOT, the roadshow included interactive B2B sessions, education programmes, and workshops to aid trade members in planning itineraries and responding to customer queries.

Commenting on the roadshow, Sammy Yahia, IMOT Director of Tourism for India & Philippines markets said that “the arrivals from India have exceeded expectations in the last few years, and we have seen the same trend in 2019. India currently stands third in Asia among the top source markets for Israel.”

“I am delighted with this new position and foresee ample opportunities for us to push boundaries and reinvent the ever-evolving, dynamic Indian traveller,” he added.

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Jerusalem March attracting thousands from around the world E-mail

Christian pilgrims from all corners of the world visit Israel to participate in an annual parade.

A strong contingent from many Asian countries joined the procession, especially from the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam.

This year participants joined 64th annual Jerusalem Parade on 17 October to mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, and to express solidarity with Israel.

Many thousands of Christians marched through the streets of Jerusalem alongside Israeli soldiers and workers in a display of camaraderie with the Jewish state.

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Jewish boy forced to kiss the shoes of his Muslim classmate E-mail

A teenage boy in Melbourne, Australia, allegedly sent threatening messages to a Jewish boy who had been forced to kiss the shoe of a Muslim classmate, has been charged for the threats.

The boy, 16, was arrested by Victoria police and charged with stalking, harassing, and threatening to kill the Jewish boy and his mother, The Age reported, and he is expected to appear in the Children’s Court this month.

The threatening messages told the preteen boy that he would be “slaughtered”, and asked if he wanted to “talk about suicide,” according to the report.

The incident did not take place on the school’s campus, and reports said a group of older students threatened the boy with violence if he did not comply with cruel demands.

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Israel’s population tops 9 million E-mail

Israel’s population reached 9,092,000 people on the eve of the Jewish new year of 5780, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

According to the CBS, the population of Israel is forecasted to reach 10 million at the end of 2024, 15 million at the end of 2048, and 20 million in 2065.

Since Rosh Hashanah last year, the population has grown by 184,000. Population growth in 5779 was 2.1%, similar to that of recent years.

Presently, Israel is home to around 6.7 million Jews (74.2% of the population) and 1.9 million Arabs (21%). The remainder, 441,000 people (4.8%), are non-Arab Christians belong to other religions.

Data pertaining to the number of Jews globally was also released, with the global population soaring to 14.8 from 14.7 million a year ago. Israel is the country with the largest number of Jews, 6.7 million, with 8.1 million others living outside of the Jewish state.

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