27 April 2018 - 12 Iyyar 5778 - י"ב אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
China agrees to extradite criminal suspect E-mail

As reported by Haaretz on 29 November, China has agreed for the first time ever to extradite a wanted criminal to Israel.

Yaniv Zaguri, who is the reputed head of an organised crime ring in southern Israel, was under arrest in China for three weeks.

His extradition is considered a breakthrough in Israeli- Chinese relations because the two countries have no extradition treaty. As a result, technically Zaguri is being deported rather than extradited. Nev-ertheless, China is deporting him at the request of Israeli law-enforcement agencies.

Zaguri, who is high on the wanted list of the Negev district police, went to China several months ago after serving his last jail sentence in Israel.

According to an Israeli law enforcement official, he was arrested in China due to problems with his visa, apparently stemming from the fact that he lied about his criminal record.

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Amir Gal-Or receives National Friendship Award E-mail

Infinity Group founder Amir Gal-Or was presented with the National Friendship Award at state ceremony in Beijing in October, hosted by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

The award was in recognition of his work to promote Israel-China relations and his contribution to the field of innovation. The Award is China’s highest honour granted to foreign citizens.

The state ceremony was held ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. In his acceptance speech, Gal-Or emphasised the need to promote bilateral ties between the two countries.

Infinity Group is an investment firm known for its “China Outbound” initiative, which supports Chinese companies interested in entering international markets.

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JCCs worldwide to share funds for joint programmes E-mail

A new partnership between dozens of Jewish community centres in 15 countries has yielded a pool of US$1.6 million for joint projects through to 2020.

The pool was created during the JCC Global World Conference in Tarrytown, New York, in November. It includes tens of thousands of dollars in subsidies for nine Jewish communities in poor countries, including India, Ukraine, Venezuela, Moldova and Greece.

The pool is part of a three-year pilot programme in which international JCCs are paired with one another for joint projects that aim to strengthen inter-communal bonds, according to JCC Global, an Israel-based umbrella group of Jewish community centres that is celebrating its 40th anniversary. JCC Global calls the new partnership “Amitim 2.0–Fellows – A Global Leadership Network”.

In total, 53 JCCs around the world will fund US$795,000 toward the partnerships, while JCC Global will fund US$800,000, the organisation said. The initiative will bring “Jewish Peoplehood concepts and programmes to 75 JCCs worldwide”, according to the organisation.

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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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