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24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Hong Kong hosts its fourth delegation of injured Israeli soldiers E-mail
The Jewish community in Hong Kong recently hosted its fourth delegation of injured soldiers from Israel’s Brothers for Life Ach’im L’Chayim.

Having hosted delegations from Brothers for Life for the fourth time in as many years, Hong Kong remains firmly on the map of host countries as Asia’s only host country.

Brothers for Life was founded in 2007 to help injured soldiers get their lives back on track, and now assists about 700 injured soldiers.

“Once again, from the moment the soldiers stepped off the plane in Hong Kong, they became our brothers for life,” remarked Omri Mizrahi, one of the Hong Kong community organisers.

Through the generosity of members of the Hong Kong community, the soldiers enjoyed the sights and sounds of Hong Kong and Macau and were warmly welcomed by the Ohel Leah and Shuva Israel communities.

The delegation paid its annual visit to Elsa High School, where the soldiers spoke about “overcoming personal difficulties” and played football against the school team. On their most recent trip to Israel, students from the school visited the Brothers for Life, and the bond between the school and the soldiers is growing stronger and stronger each year.
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Taiwan educators to be educated about the Holocaust E-mail
Israel’s representative office in Taiwan – the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei – is planning to send local educators to Israel to learn about the history behind the Holocaust.

The initiative has been developed in response to a highschool parade by local swastikaclad students that snowballed into an international incident in December last year.

A group of local high-school students from Kuangfu Senior High School in Hsinchu participated in a school-sanctioned parade dressed in Nazi uniforms and brandishing banners decorated with swastikas. The parade also featured large tanks made of cardboard.

Asher Yarden, Israel’s top envoy to Taiwan, told local media that his office is now working closely with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education on a soon-tobe- launched programme to send selected educators to Israel to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to pass the knowledge on to their students.

He said Taiwan’s Holocaust education was apparently lacking, resulting in last December’s incident.
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Philippines, Israel eye anti-drugs pact E-mail
The Philippines and Israel are moving closer to forging a bilateral agreement on cooperation in curbing illegal drugs.

In a meeting on 18 May in Tel Aviv, Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial and Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan acknowledged that the proliferation of illegal drugs is a serious threat to society and agreed that co-operation between the Philippines and Israel is essential to combat drug abuse and trafficking across borders.

Minister Erdan, a key member of Israel’s Security Cabinet, also welcomed the Philippine proposal for bilateral co-operation to combat illegal drugs as a transnational crime, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) due to take place in the near future.

The scope of the agreement includes co-operation through the exchange of information on pertinent laws and matters relative to the investigation of drug offences, such as the methods used for the transfer, concealment or disguise of illegal drugs, drug trafficking routes, and modus operandi by persons and organisations to smuggle and sell prohibited drugs. The agreement also covers the adoption of measures or programmes on the prevention of trafficking and use of illegal drugs, the rehabilitation of users, and other forms of bilateral co-operation.

Ambassador Imperial shared that a growing number of Filipinos in Israel have been arrested or convicted for involvement in the illegal drug trade. According to reports, illegal substances/drugs are sent to Israel from the Philippines hidden in parcels that have been intercepted by Israeli authorities. Filipino workers in Israel have been used as drug conduits, acting, wittingly or unwittingly, as recipients of these parcels with concealed drugs. This modus operandi prompted the Embassy to issue several advisories to the Filipino community in the past three years, reminding them not to engage in the illegal drug trade.
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Indian delegation attends security conference E-mail
An Indian delegation, including Congress leader Manish Tewari, visited Tel Aviv for three days in May to attend conferences on security issues.

The delegation was invited by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Centre for Global Security Research, according to the office of Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill, who was also part of the delegation.

The members of the Indian delegation spoke on security and economic issues facing the Middle East and South Asian countries.
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Lauder re-elected as World Jewish Congress president E-mail
Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder was re-elected for a third term as World Jewish Congress president at the WJC’s 15th Plenary Assembly in New York in April.

In his address to the more than 600 delegates from 90 countries, Lauder said: “I have done many things in my life, but there is no accomplishment, no title, no honour that I am more proud of than being president of the World Jewish Congress… we are one people, and we take care of each other.”

Lauder spoke to the delegates about the challenges facing the Jewish world, including the anti-Semitic nature inherent in the delegitimisation and demonisation of the State of Israel. A recent poll conducted by WJC in major Jewish communities around the world found that “the number-one concern for Jews today was the increase in anti-Semitism… and the rise of radical Islam,” Lauder said.

He added: “Today, there is a new form of anti-Semitism. Now, anti-Semites focus their hatred of Jews on the world’s only Jewish state. You can disagree with Israel’s policies, but when you talk about and seek the elimination of Israel, then you are an anti-Semite. So, when you hear someone say that they are not anti-Semitic, only anti- Israel, stand up and tell them that is a lie. It’s a lie because when you lie about Israel’s present and past, and when you actively seek its destruction, guess what? That doesn’t make you an anti-Zionist, it makes you an anti-Semite.”
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