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15 December 2018 - 7 Tevet 5779 - ז' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Tourist dies in Thailand E-mail

Yedidya Kellerman, 25, a resident of Nof Ayalon in Israel, was killed in a traffic accident in the town of Pai in northern Thailand in August. Kellerman’s wife Kesem was slightly injured in the accident.

The couple married in July 2017 and embarked on their honeymoon to Asia earlier this year. They began their trip in Vietnam, then continued to the Philippines and then Thailand. While riding a motorcycle they had rented, they were hit by a passing motorcycle. Yedidya was pronounced dead at the scene and Kesem was taken to receive medical attention.

“We are flying to see the world,” the two wrote on their Facebook page before leaving Israel.

Yedidya’s brother Yonatan told Israel’s Ynet that Yedidya was “a happy guy who loved living life to the fullest, he established a wonderful home together with Kesem. Everyone liked him everywhere he went and he was the centre around which his friends and family gathered.”

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Israelis sentenced in Thai prison for killing rival gang leader E-mail

Two Israeli men who confessed to slaying Netanya crime boss Maor Malul in Thailand earlier this year were sentenced by a Thai court in August to 25 years in prison for the crime.

Dolev Zuarez and Eyal Bokal confessed to carrying out the killing, which was caught on security cameras as the pair first rammed their victim with a jeep and then chased him down a street to fatally stab him.

Bokal’s family told journalists they were considering appealing to the Israeli Justice Ministry to ask that the two be transferred to Israel to serve their sentence in their home country.

The incident took place on the resort island of Koh Samui, and footage released later showed Malul riding a motorbike with his wife on the passenger seat as a vehicle crashes into them from behind. The passenger is then seen getting out of the car and approaching Malul, who was trying to help his wife. Malul took off down the street but was then hit again by the vehicle as it reversed down the road after him. The passenger, catching up with Malul, then stabbed him. Malul was taken to a hospital in Bangkok, but resuscitation efforts failed. His wife was wounded, but no details were provided as to the extent of her injuries.

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Model’s marriage proposal in Taiwan goes viral E-mail

Bar Zomer, a famous Israeli model and Internet celebrity with 430,000 followers on Instagram, posted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend while she was vacationing at Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. The lake, known for its tranquil and picturesque scenery, is one of the island’s most famous tourist destinations.

The Instagram post attracted more than 880,000 viewers in just two days, and turned Sun Moon Lake into a trending topic in Israel, according to Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau.

Apparently, the bureau invited her to Taiwan in August in the hope of attracting more tourists from the Middle East. She later asked her boyfriend, Aviv Cohen, who is also a photographer, to go with her.

Later, with the help of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Singapore Office, Cohen secretly planned to propose to Zomer in front of the beautiful scenery of Sun Moon Lake. Zomer was surprised and happily accepted the wedding proposal.

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Senior Krav Maga instructors visit India E-mail

Israeli instructors of the Krav Maga method of selfdefence were in India in September to give life-skills training in self-defence.

The art of Krav Maga was originally developed in Europe to protect Jewish communities, and many migrants then introduced it into Israel. When the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began training its members in Krav Maga it became very popular, and was later made mandatory. It was also taught to Israeli civilians.

Krav Maga is well known globally, and by learning its techniques, men and women of all ages can keep themselves safe in the real world. Teachers of the method say it is easy to learn because it is based on people’s natural reflexes and real-life situations.

Refael Kashani, the National Director of the Krav Maga Academy in Canada, has been involved in Krav Maga for 26 years, and headed the training programme in India. While the first phase of the programmes was led by Israeli instructors, Kashani’s aim is to find and train Indian instructors in future.

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Sharp increase of Israelis receiving Polish passports E-mail

Recent data released by the embassy of Poland in Israel regarding the approval of naturalisation applications by Israelis shows that around 11,000 Israelis became Polish citizens during the years 2015-2017, more than the total for the years 2002-2010.

In total, the embassy issued 28,736 passports to Israeli applicants during the years 2002-2017. Poland is a member state of the European Union and its citizens may settle and work anywhere in that Union’s 28 member states.

About 200,000 Jews and their relatives left Poland in the 20 years that followed the founding of Israel in 1948 amid widespread expressions of anti-Semitism and other economic circumstances.

In January this year, Poland’s parliament passed a law that briefly criminalised blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes. In June, an amendment was introduced that replaced the threat of criminal charges against perpetrators with the prospect of lawsuits in civil courts. The legislation of the original law triggered the worst diplomatic row that Poland had had with Israel since the fall of communism. In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the law as dangerous to historical research. In a statement, his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, defended the law, and Netanyahu described the statement as “outrageous”.

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