China

Want to speak Mandarin? Easy — just study Hebrew

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

AT only 17, Ariel Reingold has been named the best non-native Mandarin speaker in the country.

And his secret? He gained the language knack by learning Hebrew for his barmitzvah.

“It’s a very hard language to learn,” he said. “But my Hebrew lessons gave me a greater interest. It gave me a visual idea of how languages could be different.

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Chinese multi-millionaire claims Jews control American press

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2014

A Chinese businessman, who failed in his bid to buy The New York Times, has said he is just as qualified as “Jews” to be the newspaper's proprietor.

Chen Guangbiao, a recycling tycoon and one of the richest men in China, told the South China Morning Post that American papers are Jewish-owned.

He said he was intellectually and emotionally as "competent” as Jewish people.

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Board of Deputies refuses to lobby Chinese over Judaism

By Simon Rocker, December 20, 2013

The Board of Deputies has rejected a call to lobby Chinese authorities to recognise Judaism as one of the country’s official religions.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, had urged the move after meeting Chinese Jews earlier this year.

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Jews in China: Living in the dragon’s den for 14 centuries

By Erica Lyons, December 19, 2013

Today in China there are both synagogues without Jews, and Jews without synagogues, as in Beijing, where the growing community has created places of worship in renovated flats.

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Netanyahu's dilemma over the Bank of China

By Melanie Phillips, November 22, 2013

Should a country ever sacrifice fundamental principles for the sake of its national economic interest?
This question has been raised in Israel over a landmark court case brought by families of suicide bomb victims against the Bank of China. The families accuse it of serving as a key conduit for money transfers to Hamas and Islamic Jihad through its branches in the US.

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New witness in China bank terror case

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Evidence given by a new witness in the Bank of China court case taking place in New York could prove crucial to the outcome given the reluctance of the Israeli government to allow its official to testify in court.

Two actions are being pursued against the Chinese bank by families of the victims of suicide bombings that took place in Israel.

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US anger at Israel over China bank case

By Shira Rubin, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a political bind after pulling witnesses from a US case accusing the Bank of China of transferring money to Palestinian terror groups.

Mr Netanyahu called Israel’s US envoy Michael Oren back to Israel to discuss the crisis last weekend.

The US and Jewish groups expressed shock at the Israeli decision.

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Break down China’s wall against Jews

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi has launched a campaign to get the Chinese government to recognise Judaism as a faith.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has written to the Chinese ambassador in the UK, requesting that Judaism be added to the list of religions officially acknowledged by China, and has asked Foreign Secretary William Hague for his support.

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Russia and China rebuke Iran – but don't be deceived

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2012

Last week in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a strongly worded resolution chastising Iran for its lack of co-operation over its nuclear programme.

For months, the IAEA has been negotiating with Iran to get its inspectors into a giant military complex approximately 40 miles outside Tehran, in Parchin.

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Limmud goes to China

By Erica Lyons, June 7, 2012

It took the combined efforts and support of the American Jewish Joint Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) along with Limmud International and Kehillat Beijing to provide the framework for China’s first Limmud.

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