16 July 2019 - 14 Tammuz 5779 - י"ד תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
More tourism agreements between Israel and China E-mail

Israel’s Ministry of Tourism signed an agreement in May with China’s online travel operator Ctrip to strengthen their tourism presence in the Chinese market.

More cooperation will be carried out between the two sides, mainly in terms of itineraries, data collection, and marketing to attract Chinese travellers.

Some 55,000 Chinese visited Israel during the first four months of 2019, marking a 70% increase year on year, according to the data released by the Ministry of Tourism of Israel. This is a promising start; in 2018, 105,000 Chinese tourists visited Israel, which was over a 100% increase from 2015.

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Russia unveils first Holocaust monument in Moscow E-mail

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the unveiling of a memorial on 4 June at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.

The monument, depicting hands pulling open a door’s shutters, commemorates Jewish resistance fighters.

“Although about half of the victims of the Holocaust were citizens of our country, Moscow had no separate monument for the genocide,” Herman Zakharyayev, the president of the STMEGI association of Mountain Jews, told the Moskvich magazine.

Holocaust and a plaque for the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee,” he acknowledged.

“But it had no prominent monument to match those of Berlin, Warsaw or Budapest.”

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