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Precious Chinese silk exhibition on display in Tel Aviv E-mail

Israelis recently had the opportunity to view 27 exquisite Chinese silk costumes in an exhibition at the China Cultural Center in Tel Aviv titled “In Praise of Silk: Fashion with Tradition in China”.

The exhibition, which opened in March, demonstrated the process of and changes in the creation of Chinese silk costumes through three different lenses: history, craftsmanship and Chinese elements.

In addition to the silk costumes from the China National Silk Museum, which is located in Zhejiang Province in the east of China, Chinese calligraphy, traditional paintings, paper-cuts and Chinese seals were also on show in the exhibition.

“Silk is the keyword of the exhibition, which provided an opportunity to approach and experience silk embroidery techniques,” said Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin at the opening ceremony.

The ancient Silk Road was a network of trade routes, and silk was certainly the most lucrative and sought-after item traded across the Eurasian continent, bringing wealth and enriching culture for the peoples and states along the routes, and sometimes helping make peace between different tribes or states, said the Chinese envoy.

This benefited the ancient civilisations such as the Chinese, Persians, Jews, Arabs, Indians, Greeks and Romans along this road, leaving an abundant cultural heritage of humankind, added Zhan.

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Knesset member Amir Peretz visits India E-mail

Israeli Member of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) Amir Peretz visited India in March to speak at the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Kanpur “Techkriti ’18” festival and at think tanks in New Delhi.

Peretz also met with parliamentarians and government officials in the capital. The visit came on the heels of the historic visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu to India in January.

On 17 March at the Techkriti ’18 festival in Kanpur, Peretz spoke about policy-making on technology in Israel, based on his many years of service in the government and the parliament.

Peretz then spent two days in New Delhi and spoke at IDSA (The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses) about how the home front became the main front and how technology can make peace possible, and at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) about how environmental technology and social justice meet.

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Holocaust Museum rescinds award to Aung San Suu Kyi E-mail

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has rescinded its top award to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi because of her failure to condemn and stop military attacks on her country’s minority Rohingya Muslims, the museum said on 7 March.

The Washington museum’s rescission of its Elie Wiesel Award to Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, is the latest instance of an honour being retracted over her silence about widespread abuses against the Rohingya.

In a letter to Suu Kyi that was posted on its website, the museum said she and her National League for Democracy have refused to co-operate with United Nations investigators, fed hate attacks on the Rohingya, and denied reporters access to areas where alleged abuses have taken place. “It is with great regret that we are now rescinding that award. We did not take this decision lightly,” the museum said in the letter.

The Myanmar Embassy in Washington said it regretted that the museum had been “misled and exploited by people who failed to see the true situation” in the western state of Rakhine.

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First Jewish university to open in Russia E-mail

The Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia is opening what it is calling Russia’s first Jewish university this month. Modelled after Yeshiva University in the US, The Jewish University of Moscow is a private institution whose budget comes mostly from donors and the Federation. It has a student body of 200.

The university, whose faculties include economics, law, humanities and Jewish studies, comprises two existing Jewish community colleges: Institute XXI Century for men and Institute Machon CHaMeSH for women. Their reconstitution as campuses of a single, staterecognised university is a first in Russian history, according to dean Alexander Lebedev.

In the new institution, “students will have the possibility to observe Torah, kosher food, Jewish holidays and Shabbat,” he said. The Jewish University of Moscow “will keep this format of education, like Yeshiva University, to become the one strong recognisable brand” in its field, he added.

Most of the 200 students who will begin studying in the university when it opens are on a scholarship paid for by the donors and the federation led by Rabbi Alexander Boroda and one of the Chief Rabbi’s of Russia, Berel Lazar from Moscow.

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Israel developing more partnerships with Vietnam in agriculture and education E-mail

During a working session with the municipal authorities in March, Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam Nadav Eschar proposed co-operating with the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in the fields of education, energy saving and high-tech agriculture.

Regarding the field of education, he suggested building a digital learning system to manage teaching and study, the online English learning system Speaking Pal, and the “I love science” club in schools.

He also stated that in May 2018, Israeli agriculture research centres will enroll nearly 500 Vietnamese students in a 10-month training linkage programme, including 40 from Can Tho. Priority will be given to poor students with outstanding academic results and English proficiency. Qualified candidates will receive support with visa procedures and living and study fees. Upon their graduation, trainees will receive certificates in international farming, and will work as apprentices in agriculture research institutes and large-scale farms for six months.

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