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Israel backs out of UN environmental conference over security concerns E-mail

Bali, Indonesia will play host to a major United Nations Climate Change Conference from 3 - 14 December 2007.

Representatives from over one hundred eighty countries will convene to discuss this massive global problem, notably Israel will be absent from this conference.

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Nazi bedding pulled from market in India E-mail

In November an Indian company began to distribute leaflets and marketing materials announcing the arrival of their Nazi bedding collection in Mumbai, India.

While the collection featured prominently displayed black and red swastikas, the furniture company initially insisted that Nazi stood for “New Arrival Zone of India.”

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PLA delegation leaves for Israel E-mail
Liberation Army (PLA) of China left Beijing on 6 December for an official goodwill visit to Turkey and Israel, according to sources with the Ministry of National Defense of China.Please login or register to see the full article
Biometric Passports To Curb Widespread Travel Document Fraud E-mail

By Erica Lyons
Managing Editor

Governments around the world are utilising the latest advances in technology to reduce the security risk from lost, stolen or illicitly sold passports. The Israeli government is following suit and plans to begin using biometric passports.

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A recent report by a leading Israeli newspaper revealed that Israeli travelers in countries like India, Australia, Japan and Thailand were particularly susceptible to this type of fraud or crime. A 2005 Interpol report warned the Israeli government that without an increase in protective measures, other nations could refuse to admit travelers with Israeli passports due to security concerns.

The ‘at risk’ travel destinations cited are all popular among young Israeli backpackers and there are concerns that young people sometimes sell their passports to finance their trips. This group is also often targeted by criminals seeking to steal passports for counterfeiting purposes.

A high ranking Israeli foreign ministry official in Asia confirmed that the green light has been given for the biometric passport initiative. Biometric passports are combined paper and electronic identity documents that stores a passport holder’s critical information on a tiny computer chip.


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New Guangzhou Chabad Centre opens Print E-mail



Chabad Guangzhou has opened its new permanent location just in time for the Canton Fair. The new community centre will announce a formal dedication ceremony soon.

The Centre is already up and running and hard at work serving up meals in their new, Glatt Kosher restaurant, to the throngs of Jewish businessmen in town for the Fair. They are utilising their new catering capabilities and space to its fullest capacity.

The new premise replaces their temporary location and it is fitted with all the modern conveniences including a beautiful new mikveh and a Sunday school. Rabbi Eliyahou Rozenberg, who runs the centre with his wife Pnina, are guaranteed a full house of worship.


(Issue November 2007) 

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