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Israeli medics and forensic workers assist after phuket Plane crash E-mail

On the afternoon of 16 September 2007, tragedy struck. Flight 269 crashed while attempting to land in Phuket Thailand claiming the lives of eighty-nine people, including six Israelis and two other Jewish passengers.

128 passengers were on- board the One-Two-Go budget carrier that split in two and burst into flames. Two Israelis were amongst the lucky survivors  and were aided in their return home. 

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Rabbi Aharon Solomon, the Chabad representative in Phuket, immediately began calling local hospitals as soon as the first of the victims were brought in. He was the first to make contact with the Israeli survivors.

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Shimon Peres meets with China's Liu Peng E-mail

Israeli President Shimon Peres met with China’s Minister for Sport Liu Peng in a clear demonstration of the atmosphere of increasing cooperation between China and Israel.

Their recent talks, held in Israel, focused on the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.Liu Peng, also the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, presented President Peres with a gold coin while meeting at his residence.

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Celebrating the high holidays Tokyo-style E-mail
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In Tokyo and throughout Asia, Jewish families have added a bit of ‘Asian flare’ to their traditions. Geoff and Rivka Sue Newman and their seventeen month old daughter Miriam, newcomers to Asia, were immediately welcomed into their new community.

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Growing fears over safety of Jews in Myanmar Print E-mail

The Israel Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning against visiting Myanmar. There are concerns over the safety of visitors since the recent mass protests began against the military junta.

The warning indicated that those who traveled to Myanmar, despite the warning, should purposely avoid all protests and large street gatherings.

There are also numerous concerns regarding the safety of Myanmar’s small permanent Jewish community, consisting of less than twenty members. A recent mandatory evening curfew reportedly affected High Holiday worship.

 

(Issue October 2007)  

 
'Nazi Collection' bedding on the market in Mumbai E-mail

The Jewish Community of Mumbai and supporters expressed outrage at a new bedding collection to be sold in retail shops in India. “The Nazi Collection” features the use of red swastikas against a black background.

The product has just reached the commercial market but the group expressed their outrage as soon as promotional and advertising materials were distributed in local malls.

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