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New Shanghai Park Commemorates WW2 Jewish Refugee Community

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) A Jewish Memorial Park was inaugurated last week in the Fushouyuan cemetery at Shanghai’s Qingpu District, to mark the 70th anniversary of the War and the survival of the Jewish Refugees who fled to China from Eastern Europe. According to Shanghai Daily.

A memorial stone was unveiled in the park, inscribed with the name of Ho Fengshan, a Chinese diplomat in Vienna who risked his life to issue visas to more than 3,000 Jews. The stone is also inscribed with the names of 24 famous Jews “who had contributed to the development of Shanghai.”

Israeli Consul-General Arnon Perlman called for preserving the memories of Shanghai’s Jews for the benefit of future Chinese generations. “This is something that is very, very important to remember for all of us — whether it’s Jews, Israeli or Chinese — to remember the friendship between China and Israel and between Shanghai and Israel,” Perlman said, according to shanghaiist.com.

The park authorities have began an outreach effort to Jewish communities worldwide, to locate tombstones of other Jews who may be buried in Shanghai, as part of a plan to place all the local Jewish graves in the same park, “as an important memorial venue for both offspring of the deceased and the public to remember the history and the friendship between Chinese and Jewish people,” Shanghai Daily reported.

A Shanghai Jewish Memorial Cultural Fund is being planned to support infrastructure development, maintenance and expansion of the memorial park, as well as to launch non-governmental studies “to preserve historical memories shared by Chinese and Jewish people.”

WWII-Era Jewish Café Reopens in Shanghai

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A café that was a popular spot for Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II has been rebuilt and reopened in the city’s Hongkou district.

The Zum Weissen Rossi’l café, better known as the White Horse Café, first opened in 1939. On hand for the reopening were city and district government officials, the consulate general of Israel in Shanghai and family members of the original owners.

“The feeling is excellent, like going back home,” said 74-year-old Ron Klinger, one of the family members, Xinhua reported.

“Our families are very grateful to the city and district government for restoring the cafe,” Klinger said.

Klinger’s grandparents, who fled to Shanghai from Vienna in 1939, ran the café until 1949, when they relocated to Australia. Klinger’s parents also met at the café and got married in February 1941. He was born the same year.

It is estimated that around 23,000 European Jews fled to Shanghai during World War II to escape Nazi persecution, joining already established Chinese Jewish communities from Baghdad and Russia. The Jewish refugees were restricted to a small area that became known as the “Shanghai Ghetto” by the Japanese, who had occupied the city in 1937. Nearly all of Shanghai’s Jewish community left the city following WWII and the Chinese Communist revolution in 1949.

Second Chemical Plant Explodes in China

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

A second chemical plant has exploded in eastern China, this time near the city of Zibo, in Huantai county in Shandong province, south of Beijing along the east coast.

At least nine were injured in the blast, which occurred at around 8:50 pm local time, according to the official Xinhua state news agency.

The cause of the explosion is not known.

There is a residential area about one kilometer away from the plant, where a fireball rose into the sky above the warehouse at the Runxing chemical plant.

The death toll was 100 at a chemicals warehouse in the port city of Tinajin on August 15. More than 700 were injured and thousands left homeless in the double blast.

The massive explosions ignited with a huge fireball that rose into the sky surrounded by fireworks. It was not clear what set off the conflagration.

Sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, toluene diisocyanate and other chemicals were being stored in the warehouses and have been leaking from site since the initial explosions occurred.

104 Dead in Tianjin Fireball, Chinese Army Evacuating Residents

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The death toll has climbed to over 100 in the continuing explosions taking place in China at a chemicals warehouse in the port city of Tinajin. More than 700 were injured and thousands left homeless in the initial blast.

The initial massive explosions ignited Wednesday with a huge fireball that rose into the sky surrounded by fireworks. It was not clear what set off the conflagration.

Sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, toluene diisocyanate and other chemicals are being stored in the warehouses and are now leaking from site since the initial explosions occurred.

As a result, Chinese military forces have begun mass evacuations of citizens residing within a three kilometer (two mile) radius of the blast site.

It is still not clear exactly what else was being stored in the warehouses, and why the deadly explosions are continuing.

Khamenei Tells the World How to Destroy Israel

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

The difference between Hitler and Khamenei is 80 years.

The Ayatollah of Iran has published a 416-page book entitled “Palestine” and whose book cover features the world “Palestine” on a map of the country he wishes used to be Israel.

Nothing is coincidental in the Iranian regime. The publication of the new book, bound to a best-seller in Iran, is part of a propaganda campaign to brainwash Iranians into thinking that the agreement with the P5+1 powers does not have anything to do with the regime’s ultimate dream of wiping out Israel.

Khamenei explains that is absolutely logical that Israel should not exist for three major reasons:

Israel is an ally of the “Great Satan” known as the United States of America;

Israel is a “hostile infidel” because it supposedly has waged war against Muslims’ and

Israel “occupies” Islam’s third holiest city, Jerusalem.

The New York Post reported that the back cover of the book credits Khamenei as “the flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”

Israel is not the only country that should be erased, according to the book, which repeats the radical Islamic vision of a Caliphate Empire on all Muslim lands.

That means India also must be wiped off the map. Parts of Russia must be under Muslim rule. Several European countries should not exist as such, and China can kiss good-bye to nearly one-third of its land mass. Ditto for parts of the Philippines and Thailand.

Khamenei’s strategy for taking over Israel and all of the other “Muslim” counties is to create conditions that will convince everyone to leave for a abate life elsewhere.

That means Congress can relax and give its stamp of approval to ObamaDeal because Khamenei does not need a nuclear weapon to wipe out Israel.

Just lift sanctions and give him tens of billions of dollars to fund Hezbollah and Hamas, and perhaps the Boycott Movement.

The strategy actually is a statement of current events. The United Nations, and especially the European Union and the Obama administration, invent every opportunity to condemn Israel for promoting the presence of Jews in a Palestinian Authority country whose principle of “no-Jews allowed” violates the charter of the United Nations.

According to the New York Post’s report and translation from the Farsi-language book, Khamenei wrote:

We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006 and in the 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.

And once Iran has a nuclear weapon, if not next year then in 10 or 15 years, any Israeli pre-emptive action could be met by a nuclear attack. One way or the other, Khamenei wants the means to destroy Israel and much of the rest of the world.

His book once again exposes that Iran is no less a threat to Europe than to Israel, but Europe is so overrun by Muslims that its leaders don’t have the strength to see the future.

Instead, they focus on Israel, promoting the “two-state” solution while Khamenei writes in his book that there must be a “one-state solution of a single state of a Muslim Palestine.

Like Iran, it would allow Jews to remain, without a right to vote and only if they prove they have “genuine roots.” that means the a large majority of the Israelis, like myself, would have to get on the next plane and “go back” to the United States, Europe, Morocco, Yemen and the former Soviet bloc, among dozens of other countries.

US Worried China Will ID American Spies After Massive Cyber Hack

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The headaches are not yet over from that massive cyber attack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Washington is now worried that China can use the stolen information to identify the American spies that have been working there secretly throughout the past decade – or longer.

American officials maintain that the CIA and other intelligence agency records were kept separate, and thus were protected from the breach. Nevertheless, through a process of elimination and combining other data, they said Friday hackers can use “big data analytics” to track the identities, according to a report Saturday in The New York Times.

Although the Obama administrative has continued to be reluctant to name the Chinese government as being responsible for the hack, sources who spoke with the newspaper had no such problems.

Millions of records were stolen in the cyber heist over an 18-month period, and may were records of those who had Top Secret clearances. It’s not yet clear what the Chinese would – or could – do with all that data.

Chinese Companies Invest in Israel

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A myriad Chinese firms are continuing their quest to invest in Israel, with major companies on the prowl to purchase anything for sale. As soon as a promising Israeli company appears on the block, well-heeled Chinese firms look it over. Several have already been snapped up.

Last month the Chinese government’s Bright Food Group officially signed an agreement with Israel’s Apax Partners to purchase a 56 percent stake in Tnuva Food Industries.

Mivtach-Shamir Food Industries Ltd., which owns 21 percent in the company, is still in talks to decide whether to sell to Bright Food. The kibbutz movement, which owns a 23 percent stake in Tnuva, has decided to stay out of the deal. Any side that pulls out before completion is required to pay NIS 140 million in compensation to the other party.

The dairy giant’s center of operations is to remain in Israel, according to the agreement, including its management, production and development, Globes reported. While a representative of Bright Food will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors, most of the board, as well as the CEO, management and most of the board itself is to remain Israeli as well.

“It is our intention to continue to keep Tnuva as an Israeli company,” Bright Food said in a statement, “and continue cooperating with all relevant local bodies including employees, farmers, and cattle farmers to faithfully serve the Israeli consumer.”  The deal is expected to reach completion within weeks.

Meanwhile, there are seven contenders for a major Israeli insurance company – and three of them are Chinese.

The sale of the controlling interest in the IDB Development insurance unit of Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd. is set for mid-July. The sale requires submission of non-binding bids, which are to follow the signing of a confidentiality agreement. All seven contenders have already completed the latter requirement, which means the sale appears to be galloping along.

The firms from China include:

  • Chinese-European private equity fund XIO – which recently acquired the Israeli Lumenis Ltd. Firm;
  • Chinese insurance giant China Life; and
  • Chinese group JT Capital, headed by Li Haifeng, who has now combined forces with an unnamed Chinese insurance company.

A binding agreement was also signed yesterday (June 21) in the sale of the controlling interest in The Phoenix Holdings Ltd., owned by the Delek Group, Ltd.

That NIS 1.8 billion deal included a nine percent discount on the original value, agreed upon with Chinese investment company Fosun International Ltd.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/chinese-companies-invest-in-israel/2015/06/23/

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