Asia

Israeli PM: Iran to blame for Delhi embassy car explosion

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in Delhi.

A woman, believed to be the wife of a diplomat, was injured in the blast near the Israeli embassy. The car went up in flames on Monday afternoon, Delhi time.

The explosion in India occurred as staff at Israel's embassy in Georgia managed to disable a device before it could do any damage.

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Israeli diplomat's car explodes in India

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Israel's Foreign Ministry is investigating what happened after an Israeli diplomat's car exploded in Delhi.

A woman is understood to have been injured in the blast, in which the car went up in flames. The explosion occurred on Monday afternoon, Delhi time, near the embassy.

Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, would not confirm whether the diplomat was in the car at the time.

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Limmud conference planned for Beijing Jewish community

By Jemimah Steinfeld, February 8, 2012

Limmud is set to land in the Chinese capital this year - and an organiser claims it could turn out to be a historic moment for Jewish life in the country.

The festival of arts and discussion is due to take place in Beijing in December, with a small-scale "taster" event timetabled for June 3.

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Hizbollah plotters thwarted in Thailand

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 19, 2012

A Hizbollah cell was plotting to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in Thailand, it was revealed this week.

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Effect of Kim Jong-Il death on Middle East 'hard to predict'

December 22, 2011

The death of North Korean Kim Jong-Il on Saturday also signalled the departure of one of the most significant players in the Middle East.

While the military involvement of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the region goes back to the 1973 Yom Kippur War when the "Great President" Kim Il-Sung sent a squadron of fighter jets to Egypt's aid, it was his son who transformed his isolated c

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Anniversary marked at Mumbai synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The Jewish community of Mumbai has marked 150 years since the founding of a synagogue by Jews from Baghdad.

The Magen David Synagogue in Byculla was built in 1861 by the former leader of the Baghdadi Jewish community and is one of the oldest in the country.

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Iranian swimmers flee Israelis who saved them

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

A pair of drowning Iranians refused to thank their rescuers properly – because they were Israeli.

Lifeguard father-and-son team Shimshon and Nimrod Machani, have practiced their skill for years on Tel Aviv's beaches.

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Mumbai terror victim's brother: 'I was waiting for a miracle'

November 25, 2011

The brother of one of the victims of the Mumbai terror massacre has visited the Jewish centre that was attacked and recalled the story of the killing spree.

This weekend marks the three year anniversary of the attack, when Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg was killed at the Chabad house with his pregnant wife Rivka and four visitors.

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Mumbai killer's execution appeal to be heard

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

The Pakistani terrorist sentenced to death for his role in the Mumbai killing spree nearly three years ago has had his execution stayed.

Ajmal Kasab, now 23, was the only surviving gunman of the November 2008 attacks. He was convicted of murder following a trial in which it was alleged that he had been trained by banned Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

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Thai school holds 'disgraceful' Nazi parade

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

A Jewish human rights group has condemned a Thai school for holding a Nazi-themed parade.

The Sacred Heart Preparatory School in the northern city of Chiang Mai recently held a Nazi-themed rally; Thailand's second such event in four years. The Sacred Heart parade featured students making Nazi salutes, holding flags with the swastika logo on and people wearing SS or Adolf Hitler costumes.

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