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21 February 2018 - 7 Adar 5778 - ז' אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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India’s air force takes part in military exercises in Israel E-mail

India sent 45 members of the Garud commandos, a special unit in the Indian Air Force, to Israel in November to take part in a two-week multilayered air exercise.

The Blue Flag drill is a biannual exercise designed to strengthen Israel’s military co-operation internationally. This is the first time that India had participated in the drill; in the past, the US, France, Germany, Italy, Greece and Poland have participated.

“Exercise Blue Flag gives us the opportunity to share and learn [the] best practices with some of the best professionals from other air forces,” said an Indian officer.

The training exercise with the Israeli Air Force came after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Jewish State in July.

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Nazi stickers on display in auto shop in Taiwan E-mail

In yet another embarrassing incident in Taiwan, Nazi flag stickers were recently displayed and sold at a branch of an auto-parts retailer in Jhubei Township, Hsinchu County.

The move drew condemnation from the Israeli Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan after a Facebook post lambasting the store went viral on 16 October.

The stickers have since been pulled from the store’s shelves. On a Facebook group created for “explosive revelations”, a netizen posted a photograph taken inside the store, showing Nazi flag stickers under the label “German national flags”.

The packs of stickers, priced at NT$20, were hung near stickers of the US flag, the Canadian flag and the Japanese Empire’s war flag.

“This is utterly ignorant of the values of the international community. Items like these should not be sold,” wrote the person who posted the photograph.

Israeli Representative Asher Yarden issued a statement condemning the store. “These flags represent the Nazi regime during the Jewish Holocaust — the darkest period in modern times — and have historically been used by evil forces to spread hate and terror, intimidate and incite,” he said.

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Israeli woman killed in accident in Nepal E-mail

A young Israeli backpacker was killed and eight other hikers were injured in October when their jeep overturned several times and fell into a canyon near the Annapurna mountains in Nepal.

The hikers sent out a distress call via satellite phone to the international search and rescue company Magnus. Their location was tracked via satellite and rescue forces were sent to the Khayer Tal area to help them. Before the rescuers arrived, some of the slightly injured hikers were able to make their way to a nearby village, from where they called for help again. Arriving at the scene to offer assistance were Israel’s Consulate in the area, Chabad representative to Kathmandu Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz, Abhishesh Subedi from flyeastNepal, and representatives from Magnus.

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Two men arrested in India for planning attack on synagogue E-mail

Local media in India have reported that two men associated with the Islamic State were arrested in October for allegedly planning to attack a local synagogue.

The anti-terrorism squad in the western Indian state of Gujarat arrested the men, residents of the port city of Surat. They are accused of planning to attack the synagogue in the Khadia area of Ahemdabad, the largest city in Gujarat.

The suspects did reconnaissance on the Magen Abraham synagogue on 12 September and were planning either an explosion or a shooting there, the Times of India reported. The men are allegedly ISIS operatives and had reportedly been in touch with an Indian ISIS handler based in Afghanistan. One of the men was arrested at his workplace and the other at his home, according to the report. Law enforcement officers seized cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices from both locations.

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Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong honours IsraTeam E-mail

The Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong held a special luncheon on 18 October at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong to honour IsraTeam, an organisation that assists the Israeli government in operational and emergency support in times of war, natural disasters and calamities.

IsraTeam provides crucial first-responder support in emergency situations and provides guidance and co-ordination for Israel Civil Defense.

The guests of honour were the Founder and CEO of IsraTeam, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Abraham Bachar, and the Vice President, Col. (Res.) Itai Peleg. During their addresses at the lunch, both men provided insights about their experiences over the years in the field of crisis management.

Col. (Res.) Itai Peleg also gave a presentation on the topic “PFA (Psychological First Aid) and Mental Resilience for Communities and First Responders”. His presentation covered the “6 C Mode” principles: Cognitive verbal Communication, Challenge, Control, Commitment and Continuity. The address included film footage of actual live emergency situations that IsraTeam is trained to handle. The team focuses on efficient interventions that reduce acute stress reactions and decrease the risk of future post-traumatic symptoms.

Peleg is a 25-year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He spent 21 years in the Home Front Command, and as a current reserve officer in the Israel Home Front Command he is a District Commander in the Southern arena of Israel adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

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