Asia

Israel 'side-by side with India' in face of terror threat

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The Israeli government has emphasised that it stands with India in the "relentless struggle against terror" following the deaths of 17 people in a triple bombing in central Mumbai.

The attack, for which no terrorist organisation claimed responsibility, came less than three years after more than 160 people died during a terrorist rampage around India's financial capital.

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Fairytale affair as Bollywood courts Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, July 14, 2011

The next Indian blockbuster may have Jewish characters and scenes filmed in Israel, if new plans to bring Bollywood to Israel pan out.

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Even the Curry is Kosher in Kasol

By Saransh Sehgal, July 7, 2011

India is a common destination for young Israelis seeking spirituality, free-flowing cannabis and a break from the pressure of security alerts and army service.

Kasol, however, is no ordinary backpacker hangout. Over the past ten years the village, which sits in a lush valley at 5,000ft in the Himalayas, has become nothing less than a miniature Tel Aviv.

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Hall of Fame: Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol

May 16, 2011

"In my heart I am half-Israeli. I think like an Israeli. I always try to find an opportunity to come back here."

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Thailand floods damage Koh Samui Jewish centre

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

Days of intense rainfall have caused severe damage to a Jewish centre on Thailand's Koh Samui island.

The south of the country has been hit by unseasonably heavy downpours over the last five days, causing flooding and landslides on main roads. Thousands of tourists were left stranded after Koh Samui airport suspended flights and the ferry service to the mainland could not sail.

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Gandhi had Jewish architect lover, claims biographer

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

A biographer of Mahatma Gandhi has claimed that the hero of Indian independence had a male Jewish partner who almost caused the break-up of his marriage.

In his book, Great Soul, former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld said Gandhi met German Jewish architect Hermann Kallenbach in 1908.

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Israel offers help for Japan earthquake rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to account for any citizens who may have been affected by the earthquake that hit Japan last night.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also asked Israel’s ambassador to Tokyo to offer aid to Japan in the wake of the disaster.

Emergency relief organisation ZAKA said they had dispatched a team to Japan to help with search and rescue efforts.

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Hollywood star for Israel conductor Zubin Mehta

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) conductor Zubin Mehta’s five-decade career has been marked by his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mr Mehta was joined by colleagues, as well as his wife Nancy and actor Kirk Douglas, when he became the 2434th recipient of a star on the famous Beverley Hills boulevard.

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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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Fears for repeat of Mumbai terror attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 24, 2010

Police in Mumbai are on high alert after receiving warning that members of the same terrorist group blamed for striking a Jewish centre and other locations in 2008 were planning to launch another attack.

The Mumbai police commissioner said they had been given warning that four militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-E-Taiba had entered the Indian city with the aim of repeating the carnage of November 2008, when more than 170 people were killed.

Over the two day killing spree, gunmen laid siege to the Taj Mahal hotel and a busy train station.

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