19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Japanese hotel chain’s in-house magazine publishes anti-Semitic article E-mail

An in-house magazine for guests of Japanese hotel chain the APA Group recently published an article featuring anti-Semitic statements written by the chain’s CEO, Mr Toshio Motoya.

In the article, which appeared in the February edition of Apple Town, the magazine for guests staying at the chain’s Canadian hotels, Motoya stated: “Jewish people control American information, finance, and laws, and they benefit greatly from globalization because they move their massive profits to tax havens so they don’t have to pay any taxes.”

The Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver complained about the article.“It is very unfortunate that my writings gave you an erroneous impression that I hold anti-Semitic beliefs,” Motoya reportedly responded.

It “is not an apology,” the hotel stated in response to questions. “It was issued to resolve the misunderstanding because [Motoya] was being stigmatised as an anti-Semite.”

The essay has been removed from the company’s website. Motoya has written seemingly anti-Semitic statements in previous issues of Apple Town. In the issue of 24 September 2015, he wrote an article proposing the establishment of a Japanese ministry of information, suggesting that it should “be utilising the capabilities of American marketing companies funded by Jewish people”.

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A different Pesach experience E-mail

Getting away for Pesach is always a challenge, especially for Jewish residents living in Asia. One opportunity this year is to spend Pesach “Down Under”. “Aussie Pesach” is offering a 10-day package to stay at the Gold Coast, Queensland, from 10 to 19 April.

The location, the 5-star Marriott Resort & Spa, is a retreat that combines stunning surroundings with a fully catered experience promising world-class kosher cuisine. With its swimming pools and its programme of kids’ activities, the hotel caters for a family’s every need.

Meaningful Yom Tov programmes, Seder nights, minyan services, learning progammes, and an on-site synagogue with chazannin and rabbis will make every visitor’s Pesach experience memorable.

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Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger sentenced to prison E-mail

Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger signed a plea agreement with the Jerusalem district attorney in January in which he pleaded guilty to charges of bribery and fraud. He will serve threeand-a-half years in prison, and was also fined NIS5 million by the court.

The prosecution issued an indictment against the rabbi for committing bribery, fraud and tax crimes during his tenure as Chief Rabbi of Israel.

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office said: “The prosecution insists upon a longer sentence and a higher ne, especially for someone who committed crimes while in such a senior position when he should have been serving as an example. He used his position to rake in money for his own pocket.”

Metzger’s defence team, will reportedly seek a sentence of two years as opposed to three-and-a-half. Additionally, the defence has reported that one of the rabbi’s apartments will be forfeited.

Metzger was charged in October 2015 with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. According to the indictment, he received a bribe of NIS10 million, NIS7 million of which made it into his pocket.

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“Make in India” at Israel Pavilion Aero India 2017 E-mail

The Israel Pavilion at Aero India this year featured an important development in Israeli defence technologies: “Make in India”. Eleven Israeli defence companies displayed their wares at the pavilion in February, presenting advanced, locally developed technologies under the umbrella of “Make in India”.

The defence co-operation between India and Israel builds on the strengths of both countries. Israeli designs matched with India’s singular development and manufacturing capabilities provide innovative and effective defence solutions contributing to the security and economies of both countries.

Commenting on the exhibition, SIBAT’s Director, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Mishel Ben Baruch said: “Israel has proven itself to be India’s technological partner, advancing together into joint production and translating the ‘Make in India’ vision into reality.”

Defence Attaché Colonel Ze’ev Mivtzari added: “We are proud to be part of the  strengthening ties between India and Israel in the field of defence. In Aero India 2017, several strategic joint ventures will be signed by Indian and Israeli companies.”

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Israeli eye specialists visit Myanmar Print E-mail

Eye specialists from Eye from Zion, a humanitarian organisation in Israel, have been visiting Myanmar ever since 2009 to impart knowledge and expertise in ophthalmology to Myanmese doctors and conduct free eye surgeries and consultations for local patients.

This year, Israeli eye specialists led by Dr Shmuel Levertovsky conducted seminars, consultations and surgeries in glaucoma and oculoplastics at the Yangon Eye Hospital from 13 to 16 February.

(Issue Mar 2017)

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