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Vietnam’s cultural shows promoted in Israel E-mail

Vietnam’s Embassy in Israel and Vietravel tour operator co-hosted cultural shows, entitled Vietnam Night, in Tel-Aviv on 11-12 November, promoting Vietnamese cultural beauty.

The two showsone held at Crowne Plaza Hotel, the other at the embassyfeatured Vietnamese traditional music performances by artists from Ho Chi Minh City and screening of videos on Vietnamese popular destinations, such as Hanoi, Hoi An Ancient Town, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, and Ha Giang.

Speaking at the events, Vietnamese Ambassador Do Minh Hung said he expects the two shows will give local audience a glance into Vietnamese culture, encouraging more Israeli visitors to learn more about Vietnam.

“Tourism has become one of the key economic sectors in Vietnam,” Hung said. Last year, the country welcomed about 25,000 Israeli tourist arrivals, which are likely to reach 36,000 at the end of 2019, he added.

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Eran Zahavi sets single season scoring record for Chinese soccer E-mail

Israeli soccer player Eran Zahavi set a record last month for scoring the most goals in a single season in the Chinese soccer league.

In November, Zahavi, who plays as a striker and midfielder, scored his 29th goal of the season for Guangzhou R&F in a game against Beijing Renhe.

He will receive a US$1 million bonus for the feat, according to Walla news site, after his team ended up winning the Chinese Super League game 4-1.

Zahavi, having broken a record previously held by Brazilian-born Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso, adds to his aggregate score of 301 goals in his professional career, being a mere 38 goals behind Alon MizrahiIsrael’s all-time leading scorer.

This benchmark comes on the heels of his being named the most valuable player of the Chinese league, after finishing the 2017 season as its top goal scorer. He scored 27 goals that season, and Zahavi now has a US$7 million contract with the club until 2020.

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Iran pulls out of deaf futsal event to avoid facing Israel E-mail

In yet another sporting incident relating to Iranian atheletes refusing to compete against Israel, this time Iran has boycotted the World Deaf Futsal Championships as it was in the same qualifying group as Israel.

The Iranians said they wouldn’t show up to the tournament in Switzerland unless they were moved to a different group, Israel’s Kan public broadcaster reported. When that didn’t happen, they withdrew from the competition entirely.

Israel and Iran were placed in the same group, along with Argentina and Sweden. The Iranian team had won the Asia Pacific Deaf Futsal Championships in February, an indoor sport similar to soccer with five players per side on a small court.

As Iran does not recognise the State of Israel as a legitimate country, Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis.

Last month, the International Judo Federation (IJF) banned Iran from competition indefinitely over the country’s refusal to face Israeli competitors.

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Fashion house removes outfit that resembles concentration camp uniform E-mail

A luxury fashion house based in Spain recently removed an outfit that closely resembled concentration camp uniforms from the Holocaust.

The striped pantsuit was removed from the Loewe website and the company issued an apology. The outfit, which was being sold for US$1,840, was part of a capsule collection inspired by the tile drawings of the 19th-century British ceramicist William De Morgan.

Diet Prada, a fashion industry watchdog account on Instagram, called out Loewe for the outfit and called for a response.

“Unable to see anything but concentration camp uniforms in this US$1,840 ensemble from @loewe’s William De Morgan capsule, a collection meant to ‘capture a freedom of imagination,’ ... There’s not actually much left to the imagination when the resulting look is so uncannily disturbing.”

In its statement, Loewe said: “It was brought to our attention that one of our looks featured in a magazine and part of our Arts and Crafts ceramicist William De Morgan could be misconstrued as referring to one of the most odious moments in the history of mankind. It was absolutely never our intention and we apologise to anyone who might feel we were insensitive to sacred memories. The products featured have been removed from our commercial offering.”

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Chinese officials attend SIGNAL annual conference E-mail

Last month a visiting delegation of five Chinese officials representing the Communist Party of China were in Israel for the Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership’s (SIGNAL) Annual Policy Conference, including high-level policy talks.

This year marks the 4th Annual Policy Conference, and the third time it is being coorganised with the World Jewish Congress’ Israel Council on Foreign Relations.

The talks represent a unique concerted effort to establish significant, long-term alliances between China and Israel for mutually beneficial and broadbased cooperation between the two nations.

China’s Ambassador to Israel, Zhan Yongxin commented: “We [China and Israel] see [the potential to form] long term opportunities in innovation from various sectors [...] There is still a great deal to do to unleash its full potential.”

Israel’s blossoming cooperation with China in the face of the increasingly tense ChinaUS relationship requires Israel to seek new ways to navigate these narrow straits. As former Mossad director Efraim Halevy noted, “SIGNAL’s Annual Policy Conference presents a rare opportunity for a candid conversation between Chinese, Israeli, and American officials around these imminent matters.”

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