20 November 2017 - 3 Kislev 5778 - ג' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Israeli wins bronze medal in Muay Thai E-mail

An Israeli teenager won bronze at the Thai boxing world championships in August after a Palestinian opponent refused to fight him.

Amit Mdah, 16, from Sumei, an Arab town in the Galilee, was declared the bronze medallist at the Muay Thai event in Thailand. The Palestinian competitor might face a penalty for refusing to take part in the quarter-finals.

More than 2,000 participants from around the world competed in the event. The Israeli teenager defeated a rival from Madagascar to reach the cancelled bronze-medal fight.

This is not the first time that Middle Eastern politics have spilled over into sporting events. At last year’s Rio Olympics, an Egyptian judoka was sent home after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli rival.

Meanwhile, the Israeli delegation was prevented from boarding a bus to the opening ceremony by their Lebanese counterparts.

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Launch of comic book brings together the families of a rescuer and the rescued E-mail

The launch of a special comic book in Manila in August honoured a significant moment in the history of the Philippines and its heroic support of the Jewish community.

Titled: “Open Doors, Open Hearts – the story of how Manuel L. Quezon and the Philippines saved 1,300 Jewish souls from the Holocaust”, the comic book tells the story of the “Open Door” policy initiated by Manuel L. Quezon on the eve of WWII, and the rescue of 1,300 Jewish souls from the Holocaust. Quezon was president of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.

Guests at the launch event included members of the Quezon family (the savers) and the Hahn family (the saved), Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau, and the creative team who produced the comic book, led by Sarge Lacuesta.

For the first time, Manuel Quezon’s daughter Nini Quezon-Avanceña met Leticia Hahn, who married a son of one of the refugees and raised a family.

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of an extraordinary humanitarian story. At its heart is the moral victory of the Philippines, in contrast to the moral collapse of many nations that considered themselves enlightened. With the rise of Nazi Germany, the world was facing the darkest chapter in human history.

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Israeli SOL Dance performs in China E-mail

Israeli modern dance company SOL Dance, under the artistic direction of Eyal Dadon, toured China in August and September, performing in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.

The troupe performed its own works, including a special piece titled “Sale”, and also collaborated with local Chinese dance-theatre groups.

In an innovative coproduction by the Chinese Dance Theater from Beijing (BJ9CDT) and SOL Dance, Israeli and Chinese dancers expressed their movement and drama through their common and different cultures, interpreting famous cultural treasures.

Eyal Dadon established SOL Dance Company in 2016. The six dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, embody Dadon’s unique choreographic style.

The dancers and the works reach the audience in an intimate and human manner.

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