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  • Protesters stay out on Hong Kong streets, defying Beijing

    September 29, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours on Tuesday, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.

    Riot police had largely withdrawn and there...

  • Israel says ‘no winds of war’ despite Syria air strikes

    May 6, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Israel played down weekend air strikes close to Damascus reported to have killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, saying they were not aimed at influencing its neighbor's civil war but only at stopping Iranian missiles reaching Lebanese Hezbollah militants.

    Oil prices spiked above $105...

  • China offers to broker Abbas-Netanyahu meeting

    May 3, 2013 | 11:23 am

    China offered to broker a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will both be in Beijing next week on separate visits.

    "If the leaders of Palestine and Israel have the will to...

  • China urges Iran ‘flexibility’ as IAEA talks begin

    June 8, 2012 | 10:23 am

    China urged Iran to show flexibility on the day the U.N. nuclear watchdog launched talks with the Islamic Republic over greater access to its nuclear sites.

    “China hopes the Iranian side can weigh up the situation, take a flexible and pragmatic approach, have serious talks with all...

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  • Netanyahu sees expansion of ties with China

    January 24, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he envisaged a dramatic expansion of Israel’s diplomatic ties with China, including a possible role for Beijing in Middle East diplomacy.

    Speaking in Tel Aviv at a celebration marking 20 years since the two nations forged...

  • Bagel’s roundabout route to China [UPDATE, Chinese Translation]

    March 7, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Read this article in Chinese here.

    Once upon a time, whenever Debbie Nagy-Huang and her husband returned home to Beijing from their native New York, they stuffed their suitcases full of H&H bagels. They froze and rationed them so they would last for months.

    “They’re just that...

  • Rude Israeli Olympic medalist ticks off Chinese, Peres apologizes

    By Alison Klayman

    September 15, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Israel’s biggest source of pride at the Beijing 2008 Olympics became its biggest blight this past week, after bronze medal-winning windsurfer Shahar Zubari called Chinese people “sh*ts” in an interview published September 5th in Israel’s Yediot Aharanot.

    That...

  • A boy becomes a man in Beijing

    By Alison Klayman

    September 11, 2008 | 4:12 am

    Isaac Shapiro managed to fit in a visit to the bimah during his busy Olympic schedule.

    After attending a night of competition at the Bird's Nest, and before seeing American NBA stars blow out world-champion Spain on the basketball court, Isaac was called to the Torah for the first...

  • VIDEO: Virtual Rabbi David presents ‘The Jewish Olympics’

    August 22, 2008 | 10:12 pm

    Virtual Rabbi (and Olympics fan) David Paskin presents a Shabbat message based on the determination and dedication of Olympic athletes.

    David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known by his congregants, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer and award-winning Jewish educator. For more than a decade, David has served as full-time Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, Massachusetts

     

  • At home in the water: Jews in the Olympic pool

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2008 | 12:16 am

    You’ve got to wonder whether swimming, and not chess, is the true Jewish sport. This year’s U.S. Olympic swim teams wouldn’t be the same, and Michael Phelps wouldn’t have won eight gold medals, if it weren’t for Jewish swimmers Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale. And then there is...

  • Sunday wrapup from Beijing: U.S. swimmer Torres wins two silvers; Israelis lag

    August 17, 2008 | 5:46 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—United States’ swimmer Dara Torres won two more silver medals in Beijing.

    Torres won the medals Sunday in the Women’s 50m Freestyle and the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay.

    Jewish-American swimmers Jason Lezak and Garret Weber-Gale both added another gold medal to their...

  • Mark Spitz: Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympic athlete ever

    August 17, 2008 | 4:14 am

    His hair is gray, the 70s mustache is history, he’s taking medication to control his cholesterol, and depending when you ask, iconic Jewish Olympian Mark Spitz is really pleased with the way the U.S. Olympics swimming team has fared this Summer.

    Spitz on Phelps according to...

  • Net losses for Israelis at Olympics

    August 14, 2008 | 4:27 am

    BEIJING (JTA)—Israel’s tennis players were eliminated from the Beijing Olympics.

    Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram, the third-seeded men’s doubles team with perhaps the best chance at a medal among the Israelis on the court, were upset Tuesday by the unseeded tandem of Arnaud...

  • Report from Beijing: Security, it’s not just for airports anymore

    By Alison Klayman

    August 13, 2008 | 1:35 am

    BEIJING (JTA)—Security checks no longer just for airports in Beijing

    Olympic security is no easy task. It’s not just about the sports venues — attention must be paid to the entire city’s infrastructure, hot spots and transportation systems.

    One of the transitions that I think...

  • Report from Beijing: Swapping old Jewish swim records for new ones

    By Alison Klayman

    August 11, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Jewish-American swimmers Garret Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, along with Cullen Jones and the unstoppable Olympic champion Michael Phelps, made history in the pool on Monday, August 11.

    The US relay team won the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and smashed the world...

  • Irvine’s Jason Lezak anchors 400-meter relay swim team for the gold

    August 11, 2008 | 4:15 am

    “I can’t even explain it, it was unreal. I’ve been a part of the two teams at the last two Olympics that came out behind, and I think I wanted it more than anybody, not just for myself, but to show that we are the nation to be beat in that relay, ” Jason Lezak told the Los Angeles...

  • Iranian snubs Israeli in Beijing

    August 10, 2008 | 8:37 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—An Iranian swimmer refused to compete against his Israeli counterpart at the Beijing Olympics.

    Mohammad Alirezaei pulled out of the 100-meter breaststroke race Saturday, apparently in protest at the participation of Israel’s Tom Beeri. An Iranian press report, however,...

  • Angelena Dara Torres helps U.S. relay swimmers to silver

    August 10, 2008 | 6:50 pm

    The United States womens’ 400-meter freestyle relay team—including Los Angeles native Dara Torres—scored a second place behind the Netherlands on Sunday.

    Torres is the most famous Jewish competitor with ties to the Southland this year, and she’s competing in an unprecedented fifth...

  • Jewish U.S. fencer Sada Jacobson wins Olympic silver

    August 10, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—American Sada Jacobson won a fencing silver medal, becoming perhaps the first Jewish medalist of the Beijing Olympics.

    Jacobson lost, 15-8, in the women’s individual saber final Saturday to fellow American Mariel Zagunis, who also won gold at the 2004 Games in Athens....

  • VIDEO: Tel Aviv rally protests religious persecution in China

    August 9, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy lead rally protesting Chinese persecution of Falun Gong and China’s involvement in Sudan

  • VIDEO: History will be made in Beijing

    August 9, 2008 | 4:28 pm

    Director Oren Kaplan (Miriam & Shoshana hardcore gangstas) offers this 60-second ‘commercial’ for the 2008 Beijing Olympics

  • Exclusive VIDEO - Vigil at Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    August 7, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    One day before the scheduled opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Jewish World Watch (JWW) hosted a vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles to urge the Chinese government to act on behalf of Darfur.

    To read my full article at JewishJournal.com, click here.

     

  • Activists champion Darfur in pre-Olympic vigil at Chinese Consulate in Koreatown [VIDEO]

    By Jay Firestone

    August 7, 2008 | 8:44 pm



    Today’s rally

    One day before the scheduled opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Jewish World Watch (JWW) hosted a vigil outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles to urge the Chinese government to act on behalf of Darfur.

    More than 100 members of JWW,...

  • Israel comes to Beijing with its largest team, high hopes

    By Alison Klayman

    August 7, 2008 | 8:35 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—The largest contingent in Israeli Olympic history is eyeing its biggest medal haul as the Olympics get under way here.

    Two of the five medal winners in the country’s Olympic history are among the 43 athletes—nearly half females—competing in the 2008 Games here. Plus...

  • Israeli swimmer’s Olympic dreams marred by father’s death

    By Roy Eitan

    August 7, 2008 | 8:17 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli swimmer Alon Mendel realized his father's dream when he qualified for the Olympic team.

    Sadly, his father won't be there to see his son compete after an accident at the family's Netanya home claimed Costa Mendel's life.

    In a tragic irony, Alon, 20, was in...
  • Welcome to the Orwell Olympics

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 5, 2008 | 7:59 pm

    Now that every dissident within a hundred miles of Beijing has been intimidated, jailed or internally exiled; now that the Chinese communist party has shut down formerly legal means of citizen redress, like petitioning the government; now that free assembly has been banned, unsightly...

  • Key dates in recent Chinese Jewish history

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:34 pm

    BEIJING (JTA) -- The following are key dates in Chinese Jewish history:
  • 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue is established in Shanghai (still standing).
  • 1928-49 The first Lubavitch rabbi in China, Meir Ashkenazi, leads Shanghai’s Congregation Ohel Moshe. Built in 1927, Ohel Moshe is now...
  • Your guide to Jewish Beijing

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:30 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Dror Poleg, an Israeli who has lived in Beijing for three years, says being Jewish is “easier in China than in Israel.”

    “In Israel there is lots of politics, what school you go to, what yarmulke you wear,” Poleg says. “Here you can just be you.”

    Beijing has had an...

  • Recalling Shanghai’s Jewish past

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    SHANGHAI, China (JTA)—Uri Gutman had more than parades and picnics in mind a couple of years ago when the Israeli government allotted funds to its Shanghai consul general for an Israel Independence Day reception.

    Gutman wanted to make a bigger impact with a service project in the...

  • VIDEO: What do the Chinese think of Jews?

    By Alison Klayman

    August 3, 2008 | 4:03 am

    With the Olympics about to begin and international participants from all over the world arriving, Beijing is about to experience an influx of people from all walks of life- and that includes some Jewish folks in the mix. JTA’s China correspondent Alison Klayman goes out to Houhai lake to ask the question: What do Beijingers think of the Jews?

     

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