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King of Thailand Passes Away After 70 Years of Gentle Rule

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, according to a statement released Thursday by the royal palace. There were no details about the cause of death, or any other information in the statement.

Israel and Thailand have shared diplomatic relations for more than sixty years, with ambassadors in each country.

Israel and Thailand share cultural, medical, agricultural, scientific, investment and trade ties, according to a 2014 article posted on Diplomacy.co.il, and the Jewish world also shares the Chabad network with the country as well: one of the biggest Passover seders in the world is held each spring in Bangkok.

Israel and Thailand signed their first diplomatic agreement when Israel “was only six years old,” noted Israel’s then-Minister of Communications, Gilad Erdan.

Many Israelis chooses Thailand as a “go-to” destination immediately upon release from their mandatory military service. The country is the second most popular tourist destination in the world for Israelis.

King Bhumibol ascended to the throne 70 years ago, when the kingdom was still known as Siam, shortly after World War II. He became the symbol of all that is good about the nation of Thailand, a highly revered monarch in a country deeply divided over how to advance into the future.

The monarch spent his final years in a special suite in the hospital, while every shop on every street bore his portrait, and billboards proclaimed, ‘Long Live the King!’ Thai citizens shared their fears about a future without the one authority figure dedicated solely to their welfare.

One military coup after another resulted in endless changes in the political climate in Thailand, and the nation is now faced with the question of whether to accept the Heir Apparent, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, who has expressed his willingness to serve as their new king in due time — or to dispense with the monarchy altogether in the new millenium. The prince is not seen in the same light as his father, from whom the current military junta drew its authority.

Hana Levi Julian

At Least 10 Involved in Bangkok Attack

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

At least 10 people are suspected of having been involved in the massive Bangkok bombing that left 20 dead and numerous others wounded this week, police say.

In a news briefing Thursday with reporters, Bangkok police chief Somyot Poompanmuang said, “It is a big network. There was preparation using many people.

“This includes those who were lookouts on the streets, who prepared the bomb and those at the site… those who knew the escape route. There must have been at least 10 people involved,” he said.

It is believed the attack was planned at least a month in advance, and the prime suspect in the case was foreign. Few other details are clear, however. Assistance has been requested from Interpol. No terror group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Jewish Press News Briefs

No Jews or Israelis Missing in Massive Bangkok Blast

Monday, August 17th, 2015

At least 15 people are believed to have been killed and 25 injured in a massive bombing attack that rocked the city of Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.

Many Jews and Israelis frequent the city as tourists, and a number of others visit for work in kashruth supervision and other industries. However, none are believed to have been present at the time of the blast, a local source told JewishPress.com .

Police said explosion left a huge crater close to the Erawan shrine in the center of the Thai capital.

The attack took place at about 7 pm local time in the central Chidlom district, next to a five-star hotel and near three major shopping centers, The Telegraph reported. Among the hotel chains in the area are the Holiday Inn, the InterContinental, Renaissance and Grand Hyatt.

Foreign tourists may have been among the casualties, according to a report by the BBC.

At least one more bomb has been discovered and defused by police officers thus far in the Ratchaprasong area, the news service reported.

The reason for the attack is not clear, and no terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Citizen Killed in Thailand

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

An Israeli citizen has died in the Pattaya region of Thailand while traveling on Saturday to Bangkok. The circumstances are unknown at present.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, is in his 30s. His family is in touch with the Foreign Ministry while the Israel Consulate in Bangkok makes arrangements for transport of the body back to Israel.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmet.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Green Lasers Target Blue and White Airplanes

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) Flight LY81 departing from Ben Gurion Airport to Bangkok on Sunday night was targeted with a green laser at least 3 times, according to a passenger who contacted JNi.media. The passenger, who lives in Samaria, identified the laser beam as coming from the village of Beit Ur al-Tachta, some 15 miles from the airport.

Dozens of pilots in the US and Europe have reported being flashed with green laser beams. When somebody aims a laser at the cockpit, it can flash-blind the pilot to the point that he can’t see anything. If the beam gets both eyes, the pilot is disabled.

Last year, the FAA reported 3,894 laser incidents, and this year pilots in the US have already experienced more than 2,750 laser flashes.

An El Al spokesperson told JNi.media she could not confirm or deny the information, as the company does not keep a record of these incidents. According to the spokesperson, the green lasers pose no risk to El Al flights, and El Al complies with all security requirements.

Flight tracking websites such as Flight Aware help track the progress of flights to and from Ben Gurion. A terrorist living near the airport, looking to disrupt an El Al flight, could easily use websites like this to determine if the flight that just took off belongs to El Al.

JNi.Media

Hundreds at Bangkok Chabad Passover Seder

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

More than 400 people sang their way through the Haggadah on the first night of Passover at the first seder held this year at the Chabad House of Bangkok, Thailand.

Dozens of children ascended special stage set up in the hall where the seder was held in order to sing the traditional “Ma Nishtana” – the Four Questions that launch the story explaining the reason for the celebration of Passover.

For those with slim budgets, the Chabad of Bangkok website stated clearly that everyone was welcome regardless of ability to pay. “Please contact the Rabbi in confidence if the charge is beyond your means,” the statement on Chabad’s “JewishThailand.com” site advised. “‘All who are hungry may come and eat’ is the theme of Passover and it will be our pleasure to host you regardless of financial ability.”

A seder for the second night was made available with the Kantor Family according to the announcement, sponsored by the Jewish Association of Thailand. “No charge but please RSVP,” the notice read.

Hebrew-language Passover seders were conducted in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui and Phuket.

Hana Levi Julian

Thai Court Convicts Iranians for Targeting Israeli Diplomats

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

A court in Thailand has convicted two Iranians who were part of a botched bomb plot last year, CNN reported.

Saied Moradi, 29, who lost both legs in the explosion, was found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison, while Muhammad Khazaei, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for causing explosions and damaged to property.

Meanwhile, a third man, who escaped authorities after the bomb went off in a villa in Bangkok, escaped to Malaysia. Two other suspects are believed to still be on the run.

Israel has alleged that the group of men was part of a terrorist cell that was plotting to assassinate Israeli diplomats in Thailand.

Israeli officials and tourists abroad have been the target of Iranian and Hezbollah for years, including recent attacks and attempted attacks in Bulgaria and Cyprus. The Bangkok explosion came a day after Israeli diplomats were targeted by bombs in India and Georgia.

JNS News Service

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