Asia

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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Nazi outfit next to Michael Jackson costume in Japanese store

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

Japanese shoppers can no longer buy a “joke” Nazi costume after mangers at the country’s Don Quijote chain withdrew the outfit in response to complaints.

Until recently the costume - a black jacket with an armband featuring a red swastika – was on shelves at the discount stores next to outfits for dressing up as Michael Jackson or as a ninja.

The Nazi costume was on sale for £8 and came in a package with "Heil Hitler" written on it in Japanese and a drawing of a person resembling Adolf Hitler.

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Murdered Mumbai rabbi's father sues Pakistan intelligence agency

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

The father of the Chabad rabbi who was murdered by terrorists in Mumbai two years ago is taking legal action against the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI.

Rabbi Nachman Holtzberg filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in a Brooklyn federal court.

The rabbi, whose son and pregnant daughter-in-law were killed during the two-day siege at the Indian Jewish centre in November 2008, is also suing the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-E-Taiba.

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Danny Ayalon: nuclear Iran could lead to another Hiroshima

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister has warned that Iran must be stopped from becoming a nuclear power in order to “prevent another Hiroshima."

Danny Ayalon, who is on a four-day official visit to Japan, made the comments after visiting the memorial for victims of the 1945 Hiroshima bomb.

An estimated 140,000 people were killed by the Hiroshima bomb, the first time that an atomic weapon was used.

Mr Ayalon wrote on his Facebook page: “If we want to prevent another Hiroshima the international community needs immediately to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

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Take That's image man has China in his sights

By Julia Weiner, November 15, 2010

David Cameron spent last week in China trying to stake Britain's claim to a piece of the Chinese ecomonic boom. One man who knows all about China's rapid industrial growth is the acclaimed Israel-born, UK-based photographer, Nadav Kander.

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Israel celebrates release of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

Israel has hailed the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as a step towards freedom in the Asian country.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “Israel warmly welcomes the release from prolonged house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We hope that her walking free will constitute a first step for the advance of democratisation and national reconciliation in [Burma].”

The Nobel Laureate was released on Saturday after spending almost 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest.

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Round-the-world tripper dies just before return

By Robyn Rosen, September 29, 2010

A hospital manager has died in a crash in India while "living his dream" of making a round-the-world trip.

Jeremy Paul, 30, was at the end of his six-month sabbatical from Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, when he was killed in a collision in Rajasthan last week.

Cousin Robert Morris said: "Jeremy was a genuinely nice person who never got into trouble. He was liked by everyone who ever met him and the world will be a poorer place without him.

"He was living his dream on a trip travelling around South America, Thailand and India, and was just at the end when the accident happened."

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Succot in India

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2010

India’s Bnei Menashe community, in the northeastern state of Manipur, numbers more than 7,000. This year, along with Jews around the world they will be marking Succot, helped by donations from philanthropic organisation Shavei Israel.

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Asian Jewry undergoing renaissance

By Jeremy Gillick, June 24, 2010

Erica Lyons runs Asia's brand-new Jewish magazine, Asian Jewish Life, from a small office in central Hong Kong. It is the region's "Jewish cultural headquarters", she jokes with her office mate, a journalist who presides over Hong Kong's Jewish Film Festival.

But while they may poke fun at their fledgling project, the magazine's launch this January is a symptom of real change in Asian Jewry. Whereas far-flung communities in places like India and China are often regarded as exotic relics of the past, Jewish life in the region is undergoing a renaissance.

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China wants more Israeli tourism

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2010

Israeli backpackers have become a familiar sight around Asian destinations like Thailand and India. Now China wants to be part of the lucrative Israeli tourism market.

The Chinese tourism minister, Shao Qiwei, has announced plans to encourage tourism links between the two countries.

Following a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in Shanghai, he described the country as an intriguing holiday spot and said that the two countries will hold a joint tourism conference.

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