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21 January 2020 - 24 Tevet 5780 - כ"ד טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Philippine student-trainees graduate from Agriculture programme Israel E-mail

In total 638 student-trainees from the Philippines graduated from Israel’s Agrostudies Program in ceremonies held on 2 September at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

The Philippines has also maintained its position and as the country with the most number of graduates for this year’s programme, which hosted over 1000 students of agriculture schools from 13 other countries in Asia and Africa.

Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Randy Arquiza, representing the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the various State University Presidents, graced the graduation ceremony and distributed the certificates of completion to the graduates.

The students from different agriculture university and colleges in the Philippines completed their 11-month course of combined academic learning and practical work covering the latest agro-based technology and techniques utilised by farms in Israel.

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Rosh Hashanah greeting from Gandhi discovered E-mail

A Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year greeting written by India’s nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi on the day that the Nazis invaded Poland has been discovered at the National Library of Israel.

The greeting written by Mahatma Gandhi on 1 September, 1939 to A.E. Shohet, the head of the Bombay Zionist Association, together with the original envelope were in mint condition.

“Dear Shohet, You have my good wishes for your new year,” the letter reads. “How I wish the new year may mean an era of peace for your afflicted people.” The greeting was discovered as part of a major National Library of Israel initiative to review millions of items in its archival collections, which include personal papers, photographs and documents. The library’s initiative is with support from the Leir Foundation.

Shohet was an Indian Jew from the Baghdadi community in Bombay. He also headed Bombay’s Keren Hayesod office and served as editor of The Jewish Advocate newspaper. Shohet had interviewed Gandhi earlier that year, in March, at his ashram in Wardha, according to the National Library.

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A domestic helper and her son deported to the Philippines from Israel E-mail

Possibly one of the longest running court battles in Israel has finally ended with a sad conclusion for domestic worker Rosemary Perez and her 14 year-old son Rohan, who were forced to depart from Israel on 12 August on account of immigration permissions.

Perez had not lived in the Philippines for over a decade, and her son- born in Israel- had never been to the Southeast Asian country.

The incident has caused much uproar and sadness amongst their legal team and the wider Philippine community in the country, who were hoping that she and her son would be granted residency permits to remain in Israel. Even legislators from the Israel’s Knesset Parliament had actively intervened to stop the deportation.

During the majority of her time in Israel over a 12 year period, she was without any visa at all.

However, Perez lived in Tel-Aviv, where the municipality has a policy of accepting all children into its schools- including the children of illegal immigrants.

As a result, Rohan grew up immersed in Israeli culture. He speaks only Hebrew, and his mother and supporters said that this was reason enough for her to be granted a permit to remain.

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Tel-Aviv robotics team wins first place in China E-mail

The robotics team of the Tichonet High School of Tel-Aviv came in first place in an international robotics competition held in China last month. In all, around 71 teams competed from countries around the world.

“Every year there is a new mission, a new challenge to build a robot. This year, the goal was to target discs in different places on the field,” team mentor De Haas said to Arutz Sheva, adding that each robot had to protect its own discs as well as attack the discs of the other robots. “For us, the defense was better than the attack,” De Haas admitted.

Preparations for the competition start months before. “We received the mission in January, built a robot in a month and a half, and then began entering competitions with it until the national finals. We qualified for the competition in the US and after our success there, we were invited to the competition in China,” noted De Haas.

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Israeli defense delegation attends Chinese counterterror forum E-mail

Chinese authorities successfully concluded a counterterrorism forum in Beijing that attracted representatives from the military and police forces of 31 nations, including France, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Israel, a defense ministry spokesman announced.

It was hosted by the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) and reportedly in local Chinese media had been praised by its participants.

The four-day Great Wall 2019 International Forum on Counterterrorism was held in June, touting the theme “special force sniping” and allowed participants to exchange strategies and experiences.

Some of the participants were full of praise after the forum. “The PAP’s training is close to reality and full of challenges,” said Gheorghe Florea from Romania, who possesses more than 20 years of experience as a squad instructor in Romania’s special intervention brigade. “Chinese PAP members did a great job”.

Willy Jeffery Wimbong, sergeant of Vanuatu’s mobile force, said the forum extends and spreads knowledge between worldwide counterparts. “We are better equipped now to meet the future,” he said.

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