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Hainan Airlines begins Beijing-Tel Aviv route E-mail

China’s Hainan Airlines has begun operating a direct Beijing-Tel Aviv route in April, joining Israeli airline El Al as one of the only two airlines operating an Israel-China route.

“We want to be ready with the best aircrews for our flights to Israel,” said Li Liang, the general manager of the Hainan offices in Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. “Today Israel is a very important destination for us.”

Currently Hainan will only operate the route three times per week, using Airbus A330 jets, which can carry around 250 passengers. Eventually the airline expects to include a flight route from Shanghai and Hong Kong through its sister airline, Hong Kong Airlines.

During the ceremony celebrating the first flight, Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin described the importance of China for Israel, and said his office will increase the annual marketing budget for China from 1 million to 15 million shekels.Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz also added that the new flight route will strengthen ties between the two countries, reduce the cost of flights from Israel to China and boost the tourism sector.

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ZAKA assists in burial request E-mail

Zaka, the Israel-based humanitarian volunteer organisation, reported in May that its legal department had received a request from a family whose brother died in Thailand.

The niftar (the deceased person) had left a will in which he requested to be cremated as he did not wish to be a burden to his family by compelling them to cover the expense of having him buried in Israel.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry was brought in to express the family’s objections to the cremation and its desire to take the body to Israel for burial.

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Israel’s popuation increases by 2.2% E-mail

Israel’s population has grown 2.2% since last year’s Independence Day, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported in May.

Israel’s population has risen to 8,522,000. The population has grown more than tenfold since Israel was established in 1948, when the country had 806,000 residents. The Central Bureau of statistics sees Israel having a population of 11.3 million by 2035.

Israel’s population is comprised of 6,377,000 Jews (74.8%), 1,771,000 Arabs (20.8%) and 374,000 others (4.4%) including non-Arab Christians.

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Flag burned on Yom Hashoah E-mail

A group of young people burned an Israeli flag outside a Ukraine Holocaust memorial in Kiev on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The incident near the Babi Yar ravine, where 30,000 Jews were murdered over the course of two days in September 1941, was captured on surveillance video, Interfax Ukraine reported.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko condemned the incident, describing the flag burners as “young vandals”. He called on law-enforcement authorities to investigate. “This happened on the national Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the Jewish people all over the world remember the 6 million victims who perished during WWII,” the press service of Kiev City State Administration quoted Klitscho saying, according to Interfax. “It is intolerable to brutalise the memory of the victims, especially at the place which is globally known as one of the symbols of a terrible crime of fascism, at the [Babi Yar], where dozens of thousands of people of different nationalities, the majority of them Jewish, had been destroyed,” he said.

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Leading agronomist arrives in Myanmar Print E-mail

Israel continues to provide support to Myanmar’s agricultural sector by bringing Dr Avri Bar Zur, an agronomist from ABZagriInternational Agriculture Projects, in May, to research agricultural strategy in Daik U Township, Bago region, Myanmar.

Dr Avris’s consultancy work assists both private and public sectors providing solutions to rural development, water supply, agriculture projects and food business.

Dr. Avri, has extensive experience in farming, and has become a scientist and projects manager.

(Issue June 2016)

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