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The Largest flag In The World - "Made In The Philippines" E-mail

By Erica Lyons
Managing Editor


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In a moving ceremony, at Masada Airfield, on 25 November 2007, the world’s largest flag was unveiled. In the presence of a Guiness Book of World Records representative, Sister Grace Galindez-Gupana, of the Philippines, made a formal presentation of her gift to the State of Israel.

Tear-filled words poured from Sister Grace, a devout Evangelical Christian and an ardent supporter of Israel.

She quoted from Isaiah and announced that God spoke to her through thunder and lightening and asked her to complete this task. She stated, “He commissioned me to make this flag. This flag is hard to do.” She referred to it as a “tall order.”

And a “tall order” it is. The Israeli flag measures 660 meters long and 100 meters wide and weighing 5.2 metric tons (11,000 pounds) and is the size of two football pitches. Along side the blue and white flag, a smaller but still giant flag of the Philippines was placed. The tri-coloured Philippines flag measured 200 meters by 100 meters and weighed 3.75 tons. The previous ‘largest flag’ record holder was the American ‘super flag’ which is approximately half the size of the new giant Israeli flag.

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Asia to hold video conference with families of abducted soldiers E-mail

It has been more than a year and a half since three Israeli soldiers were abducted. Gilad Schalit was abducted on 25 June 2006, by a Palestinian terrorist group, and Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were abducted during their reserve service, on 7 July 2006.

The Jewish Communities in Hong Kong and Singapore will  be scheduling a special video conference on  29 January during which they will meet the families of the Israeli soldiers, have an opportunity to ask them questions, and show support. The event has been organised by Meital Isnman the Jewish Agency Schlicha assigned to work with Hong Kong’s United Jewish Congregation.

Meital Isnman, in her role as the Jewish Agency Schlicha, works with the community in order to bring Israel and Israeli issues into the hearts of the Jewish community of Hong Kong.

This important event will allow Jewish residents to give courage to the families, and try to be active in the fight for the quick release of the young soldiers.

 

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Resolving conflict through understanding E-mail

The Third Meeting of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders recently met in Amritsar, India at the Guru Nanak Dev University.  As reported in Jewish Times Asia’s December edition, nearly seventy of the world’s most influential religious leaders convened to take a scholarly approach to understanding inter-religious differences.

 
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Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks seated with other Religious leaders
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Anne Frank Exhibition continues its China tour E-mail

Following its China debut, courtesy of Hong Kong’s Jewish Community Centre Event’s Committee, the Anne Frank Exhibition traveled to China’s capital Beijing. The exhibit’s mainland debut began on 15 December through to 22 January 2008.

The exhibit, entitled The Diary of a Young Girl, is free to the public and housed at the National Library of China.  Various translations of the book were also on display.

The international traveling exhibition was first translated into Chinese during the recent exhibition in Hong Kong in November 2007.

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AJC President Sideman leads Asia delegation E-mail

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) delegation, led by AJC President Richard J. Sideman recently began a tour of Asia that covered China, South Korea and Japan.

The delegation also included AJC Government and International Affairs Director Jason Isaacson; AJC Asia Pacific Institute Director James Busis, and the Institute’s Assistant Director, Noga Zimerman.

In Beijing, the delegation held two days of talks with Chinese officials and foreign diplomats on the Middle East and regional issues and even made time to meet with leaders of the rapidly growing Shanghai and Beijing Jewish communities.

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