18 February 2020 - 23 Shevat 5780 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
Israeli toddler mauled by tiger in Thailand Print E-mail

A two-year old Israeli boy who was mauled by a tiger in Koh Samui, Thailand, has now been flown home.

The infant, who was on a family holiday, was reportedly attacked while visiting a local safari after the large feline slipped the leash of its handler.

After sustaining “serious wounds” to his face before the animal was restrained, the boy was immediately transported to a nearby hospital. After surgery, doctors described him as being in a stable, non-life- threatening condition.

Thailand is a particularly popular travel destination for Israelis, with tens of thousands visiting the country every year. The Times of Israel quoted the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirming it was aware of the case, and that Etty Mizrachi, Israel’s Consular Affairs officer in Thailand was in close touch with the family. The country’s representatives were doing “everything they [could]” to help the child and his relatives.

(Issue Sep 2019)

Vietnam and Israel collaborate in youth business startup initiative E-mail

The Vietnam Youth Union’s Supporting Centre for Youth’s Startup, in collaboration with the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, organised an online Startup Hunt contest. It ran from 5 July to 29 August to promote startup and innovation in tourism.

At the press conference held in Hanoi, Nguyen Thi Thu Van (Vice President of the Vietnam Youth’s Union) said that the contest addresses the youth startup scheme which, from 2019 to 2022, aims to encourage initiatives for local tourism development while generating youths’ innovation and interest in the tourism sector.

Twenty of the strongest individuals or groups selected to the semi-final round received consultancy to complete their products in two weeks, before sending them out to the organizing board via You Tube links.

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Dr. Rafael Aharoni honoured Rotarian of the Year E-mail

Dr. Rafael Aharoni, BBS, Chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, was recently awarded the top most honor of “The Rotarian of The Year” for his valuable contribution, great leadership and outstanding work.

Mr Aharoni acts as the Assistant Governor of Area 2 of Rotary District 3450 – Hong Kong, Macau, China, Mongolia during its tenure of 2018-2019- and works tirelessly in this unwavering support to Rotary International.

Dr. Aharoni was conferred his award by Immediate Past District Governor Dr. YC Ho on 13 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Rotary club in Hong Kong was established since 1931, and is dedicated to bringing business and professional leaders together to provide humanitarian services to the community, promote high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Boasting an estimated 1.2 million members worldwide, it is a secular organ isation, one which disregards divisive aspects of race, colour, creed, gender, religion, or political preference. A Mazel Tov on behalf of the wider Jewish community of Hong Kong is in order.

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Indonesian business delegation visits the Israeli Diamond Exchange E-mail

Despite the fact the Israel and Indonesia do not enjoy full diplomatic relations, a delegation from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) in July.

The seven-person delegation was headed by Indonesian Trade Organisation Vice President, Mufti Hassan, and was hosted by senior IDE members, including President Yoram Dvash. The parties discussed the establishment of collaborations and the development of trade relations in the diamond industry between the two countries.

President Dvash said: “The Indonesian diamond market is full with potential for the Israeli bourse members. We are doing everything we can to expand our worldwide collaborations. This visit is another testament to the importance of the IDE in the global diamond trade”.

On a similarly positive note, Mufti Hassan claimed that “This visit is part of a very important trend of strengthening the ties of Muslim companies and businessmen with the State of Israel and with Israelis.”

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Israel’s President makes official visit to South Korea E-mail

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, together with a large Israeli business delegation, visited South Korea in July. The trip was the first time in nine years an Israeli president had visited the country.

Highlights of the five-day visit included a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on 15 July. After the meeting, a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two countries in the fields of energy and education. At the Blue House, the official residence of the Korean President in Seoul, President Moon hosted his Israeli counterpart for an official lunch.

During their meeting, the Presidents spoke about the growing ties between the two countries, and where the cooperation could be expanded.

The South Korean president opened his remarks with condolences to President Rivlin on the death of Nechama, his wife. The Israeli President thanked him, and said that Nechama had been very eager to meet the President and his respective wife.

Later, President Rivlin invited President Moon and his family to come to Israel on an official visit in the near future.

President Rivlin added that 2018 was a record year for Korean tourists to Israel, with some 45,000 tourists that year alone. But he also stressed that the full potential is not being realized due to the stringent Korean travel warning as regards to Israel, and asked to his Korean counterpart to consider re-examining this warning, which Rivlin feels does not reflect the security situation in Israel.

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