13 December 2018 - 6 Tevet 5779 - ו' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel provides humanitarian aid after Indonesian earthquake and tsunami E-mail

As part of a global response for international relief, Israeli humanitarian aid NGO IsraAID deployed an Emergency Response Team to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island on 28 September. The magnitude-7.5 tremor struck at 5:02 p.m., generating a devastating tsunami.

Major population centres in Central Sulawesi province have seen wide-scale devastation, including building collapses, landslides and shortages of fuel and power.

According to the latest reports, around 2,000 people have been killed, up to 5,000 are missing and at least 48,000 have been displaced from their homes to more than 100 evacuation centres. It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million people have been affected. These numbers continue to rise as authorities restore communications and access to the worst-affected areas.

IsraAID’s Emergency Response Team, including Israeli and international disaster relief specialists, utilises the organisation’s many years of disaster-response experience to guide their work and ensure life-saving aid reaches at-risk populations. In disaster-affected areas, the team distributes vital relief items, provides mental health support to vulnerable groups and conducts an initial needs assessment to determine immediate and longterm needs, including medical care, psychological support and safe water provision.

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Israel Ministry of Defense delegation visits Vietnam E-mail

Vietnam’s Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich hosted a reception on 8 October for a delegation from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, led by the director general of the ministry, Udi Adam, who was visiting the country to attend the first Vietnam-Israel defence policy dialogue.

At the meeting, General Lich expressed his confidence that the dialogue will contribute to enhancing mutual understanding and trust between the two armies, while opening opportunities for deeper and more effective co-operation between them.

Leaders of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence will create favourable conditions for both sides to realise their inked agreements as well as draw up new initiatives in defence cooperation, he affirmed.

Earlier, Vietnam’s Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and Udi Adam chaired the first VietnamIsrael defence policy dialogue, during which they shared their stance on global and regional issues of mutual interest, and discussed measures to deepen the bilateral defence ties.

Vinh and his Israeli guest expressed their delight at the sound Vietnam-Israel relations in recent years, with the defence ties witnessing more comprehensive, practical and effective developments.

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Hair salon in Taiwan displays Nazi logos E-mail

Following complaints from many offended local residents, a hair salon in northern Taiwan recently covered the logo on its store signs, which some felt resembled a swastika.

Hsu Chen-yang, the owner of the Berlin Hair Salon in Hsinchu City, told the Taiwan News that the logo was supposed to look like four razor blades, and that he covered it up after the protests against it grew more intense. The salon also changed the logo on its Facebook page, following hundreds of negative comments in both English and Chinese, according to the Taiwan News. The logo was reportedly created by a designer hired by the shop.

In a statement, the Jewish Center of Taipei had called for the signs to be taken down. In addition, the German Institute of Taipei, in a statement issued on behalf of the German Foreign Ministry, said that “using Nazi symbols for commercial purposes is a despicable act of offense against the victims of the Holocaust. We call upon the owner of the shop to immediately remove those Nazi signs.”

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All-female delegation brings health-tech innovation to Japan E-mail

A delegation of elite female Israeli technology executives visited Japan in October to bolster Israeli-Japanese health technology ties.

Organised by mHealth Israel, an organisation that aims to create global awareness of Israel as a world leader in health technologies, the delegation met with Japanese government representatives and officials from tech giants such as Sony, Mitsubishi and Canon, as well as Japanese women in medical technology.

The three-day visit included meetings in Tokyo and Osaka with potential partners seeking co-innovation and investment partnerships, and startup managers, in addition to visits to major tech companies, including NTT Data and BIO Japan.

Members of the delegation included Efrat Ramati of Ladysense, Oranit Ido of DreaMed Diabetes, Ravit Ram Bar-Dea of Well-Beat, Merav Weinstock of IMNA and Hilla Ben Pazi of Neurocan.

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Car accident outside Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre E-mail

Police are investigating an incident that happened on Shabbat morning 20 October during Kiddush luncheon at the Ohel Leah Synagogue (OLS), outside the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre (JCC).

According to eyewitnesses and police statements, a 60-year-old female driver of a private car lost control of her vehicle on Robinson Road, tragically hitting two pedestrians – a mother and her young son – then collided with another car that then mounted the curb and careened into the fence near the OLS gate.

After that second car hit the wall, smoke poured out of the engine and the car caught fire. The driver was pulled out of the burning vehicle by a security guard at the JCC and was safe. The incident was the first ever involving a car mounting the pavement next to the OLS gate.

The two pedestrians who had been hit by the first car were severely injured and were taken to hospital.

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