22 September 2019 - 22 Elul 5779 - כ"ב אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
A domestic helper and her son deported to the Philippines from Israel E-mail

Possibly one of the longest running court battles in Israel has finally ended with a sad conclusion for domestic worker Rosemary Perez and her 14 year-old son Rohan, who were forced to depart from Israel on 12 August on account of immigration permissions.

Perez had not lived in the Philippines for over a decade, and her son- born in Israel- had never been to the Southeast Asian country.

The incident has caused much uproar and sadness amongst their legal team and the wider Philippine community in the country, who were hoping that she and her son would be granted residency permits to remain in Israel. Even legislators from the Israel’s Knesset Parliament had actively intervened to stop the deportation.

During the majority of her time in Israel over a 12 year period, she was without any visa at all.

However, Perez lived in Tel-Aviv, where the municipality has a policy of accepting all children into its schools- including the children of illegal immigrants.

As a result, Rohan grew up immersed in Israeli culture. He speaks only Hebrew, and his mother and supporters said that this was reason enough for her to be granted a permit to remain.

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Tel-Aviv robotics team wins first place in China E-mail

The robotics team of the Tichonet High School of Tel-Aviv came in first place in an international robotics competition held in China last month. In all, around 71 teams competed from countries around the world.

“Every year there is a new mission, a new challenge to build a robot. This year, the goal was to target discs in different places on the field,” team mentor De Haas said to Arutz Sheva, adding that each robot had to protect its own discs as well as attack the discs of the other robots. “For us, the defense was better than the attack,” De Haas admitted.

Preparations for the competition start months before. “We received the mission in January, built a robot in a month and a half, and then began entering competitions with it until the national finals. We qualified for the competition in the US and after our success there, we were invited to the competition in China,” noted De Haas.

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Israeli defense delegation attends Chinese counterterror forum E-mail

Chinese authorities successfully concluded a counterterrorism forum in Beijing that attracted representatives from the military and police forces of 31 nations, including France, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Israel, a defense ministry spokesman announced.

It was hosted by the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) and reportedly in local Chinese media had been praised by its participants.

The four-day Great Wall 2019 International Forum on Counterterrorism was held in June, touting the theme “special force sniping” and allowed participants to exchange strategies and experiences.

Some of the participants were full of praise after the forum. “The PAP’s training is close to reality and full of challenges,” said Gheorghe Florea from Romania, who possesses more than 20 years of experience as a squad instructor in Romania’s special intervention brigade. “Chinese PAP members did a great job”.

Willy Jeffery Wimbong, sergeant of Vanuatu’s mobile force, said the forum extends and spreads knowledge between worldwide counterparts. “We are better equipped now to meet the future,” he said.

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Israeli toddler mauled by tiger in Thailand Print E-mail

A two-year old Israeli boy who was mauled by a tiger in Koh Samui, Thailand, has now been flown home.

The infant, who was on a family holiday, was reportedly attacked while visiting a local safari after the large feline slipped the leash of its handler.

After sustaining “serious wounds” to his face before the animal was restrained, the boy was immediately transported to a nearby hospital. After surgery, doctors described him as being in a stable, non-life- threatening condition.

Thailand is a particularly popular travel destination for Israelis, with tens of thousands visiting the country every year. The Times of Israel quoted the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirming it was aware of the case, and that Etty Mizrachi, Israel’s Consular Affairs officer in Thailand was in close touch with the family. The country’s representatives were doing “everything they [could]” to help the child and his relatives.

(Issue Sep 2019)

Vietnam and Israel collaborate in youth business startup initiative E-mail

The Vietnam Youth Union’s Supporting Centre for Youth’s Startup, in collaboration with the Israeli Embassy in Vietnam, organised an online Startup Hunt contest. It ran from 5 July to 29 August to promote startup and innovation in tourism.

At the press conference held in Hanoi, Nguyen Thi Thu Van (Vice President of the Vietnam Youth’s Union) said that the contest addresses the youth startup scheme which, from 2019 to 2022, aims to encourage initiatives for local tourism development while generating youths’ innovation and interest in the tourism sector.

Twenty of the strongest individuals or groups selected to the semi-final round received consultancy to complete their products in two weeks, before sending them out to the organizing board via You Tube links.

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