web analytics
December 18, 2014 / 26 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Israeli Embassy’

Israeli Sherpa ‘Pony Express’ Saved Hundreds in Nepal Blizzard

Monday, October 20th, 2014

It was the next best thing to the Pony Express, and an outright miracle that appeared out of nowhere. Last week four Israelis died and at least a dozen others were injured; but at least 250 Israelis were saved and hundreds of others as well, because a group was resourceful.

Seizing a ‘window of opportunity’ when it came galloping by, a group of Israelis huddled in a tiny wooden shack – a tea house in the mountain pass of Thorong La — over writing a call for help in Hebrew as a Himalayan blizzard raged outside.

“There are Israelis trapped in the tea shop at the pass,” wrote Rotem Snir. “Lives are in danger. Help us. Thank you.”

A Nepali porter took their note and rode out on horseback into the storm, hoping to reach the camp they described passing on their way up the mountain. They themselves were stuck at 18,000 feet above sea level, and for the remainder of the storm would remain there – a decision that saved their lives.

The porter, meanwhile, found three Israeli hikers and delivered the note.

Upon reading it, they immediately contacted the Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu.

The local Chabad House was transformed into a command center. The Kathmandu Chabad House sees hundreds – make that thousands – of Israeli backpackers every year; it’s the traditional pit stop on the way up or down the Himalayas. It’s also the venue for the biggest seder in the world – at the top of the world – one where the supplies literally have to be brought in on horseback.

Rabbi Yechezkel Lifshiftz, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Kathmandu and head of the Chabad House, responded to the flood of emails from worried parents and constantly updated a Google spreadsheet with data on Israelis who were out in the storm.

Israeli volunteers helped work the phones and exchange information with the Israeli Embassy.

More than 400 Israelis were on the “watch and pray” list, coded by trekking agency.

By Monday, search teams were wrapping up operations, and at the Kathmandu Chabad House, an Israeli psychotherapist was scheduled to lead a group session. The bulletin board showed that medical care was available from Israeli doctors.

Those who stayed in the teahouse discovered how miraculous it was that they had managed to reach shelter when they did.

One of the group, Jacob Megreli, 24, told the Wall Street Journal that he and another man rescued an Israeli buried in snow that rose higher than his head. Only the tips of his upraised hands showed above the sparkling white trail, tipping off the searchers. After that, he told the New York-based newspaper, his group found at least one body every 20 minutes along the trail.

Of the hundreds who made it to safety that Monday in the storm, 200 to 250 were Israelis, according to embassy figures. Hundreds more were from other nations. Nepali villagers, mountain guides and helicopter pilots worked tirelessly to rescue whoever they could.

By Wednesday, when the storm cleared out, 33 people had lost their lives, according to Nepal’s Home Ministry. Four were Israeli.

Had it not been for the miracle of a tiny wooden teahouse, a piece of notebook paper and a Sherpa pony express, who knows how many more …

Israel Distances Itself From Danon’s Assessment of Kerry

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer issued a statement on behalf of the Israeli government making clear that Deputy Minister Danny Danon’s criticisms of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are not the views of the Israeli government and represent only Danon’s personal views.

The clear, concise statement was issued on Thursday, May 1, from the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.:

Deputy Minister Danny Danon’s views of Secretary Kerry do not reflect the views of the Government of Israel.  Israel deeply appreciates Secretary Kerry’s efforts to advance peace with the Palestinians.

We do not believe that Secretary Kerry has tried to threaten Israel, and we believe that his decades of support for Israel reflect an abiding commitment to Israel’s security and its future.

An op-ed of Danon’s that appeared in Politico on Wednesday was critical of Kerry, but hardly threatening or undiplomatic, nor did it miss the mark in capturing the feelings of so many Israelis and Israel supporters in response to Kerry’s ongoing, aggressive efforts to impose a “solution” to a currently unsolvable problem.

There is no doubt that Secretary Kerry has strongly supported Israel throughout his three decades in public service. This is why he, like other true friends and allies of Israel, need to understand that we will never sign diplomatic agreements endangering our security and reneging on the rights to our historic homeland as a result of international pressure or threats. For more than 2,000 years, we have ended all our prayers with a call for peace, and Israel continues to do all within its power to achieve this lofty goal. The world, however, should not view this yearning as a weakness that can be exploited for the sake of scoring points or claiming a hollow foreign-policy victory.

So why did the government of Israel feel the need to distance itself so categorically from Danon’s op–ed? Two theories: one, the title of the op-ed is “We Will Not Be Threatened.” That’s strong language, although it is unclear who gave it the heading, Politico or Danon himself. That headline may actually be more than the Israeli government feels comfortable having one of its senior members state in any format that appears to be the word of the Israeli government.

And two, the American government has come down like a ton of bricks on any criticism of any sort emanating from the Jewish grains of sand in the Middle East.

When Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon criticized Kerry in a private meeting behind closed doors earlier this year, he was forced to speak words of atonement after repeated public admonishments from Washington.

In other words, Danon’s title, suggesting that Washington is threatening Israel, may have been accurate.

Knife-Wielding Man Arrested at Israeli Embassy in Brussels

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Belgian police have arrested a man whom they suspect of planning an attack against Israeli diplomats in Brussels.

The police department of Uccle, the Brussels suburb where the Israeli embassy is located, confirmed on Tuesday the Oct. 17 arrest of one man who is thought to have tried to enter the embassy while carrying a concealed knife.

Security personnel from the embassy handed over the suspect to local police after discovering the knife in a security check. The suspect was not named, but the French-language Jewish news site lemondejuif.info reported he had converted to Islam.

He was placed in a psychiatric institution for observation after displaying erratic behavior while in custody.

A second man, an Iranian national who also was not named, was detained by police later that day on suspicion that he gathered intelligence on the embassy. He was released shortly after police officers detained him, RTL reported. Police said there was no evidence linking the Iranian to the man who allegedly tried to conceal the knife.

Will Israeli Embassies in Europe Expand Services to Include Brit Mila and Shechitah?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

In response to the latest European ban on Brit Mila (circumcision), MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) has put forward the proposal to utilize the diplomatic immunity and extraterritorial status of Israel’s embassies, and allow Jewish families in Europe to perform their Brit Mila ceremonies within the Israeli embassy’s walls.

Jewish Home Knesset Member Nisan Slomiansky

Jewish Home Knesset Member Nissan Slomiansky

Slomiansky wrote to Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin stating, “We are witnessing the winds of Antisemitism again blowing through Europe, this time under the guise of humanism and health. It started with the ban on Shechitah (kosher slaughter of animals) that began in a few countries such as Sweden and Poland and it is now expanding throughout Europe. Throughout Jewish history, since the time of Abraham, Jews have given everything to fulfill Brit Mila, and we will continue, with Israel, to do so.”

Slomiansky said that Israel must let European Jews know that in every European country where Brit Mila is banned, Israel will open the embassies to them, where, on Israeli soil, they can perform Brit Mila without breaking the (local) laws.

One wonders if the Israeli embassies will soon be building Shechitah facilities too.

Maybe its just time for European Jewry to return home to Israel.

Foreign Ministry Strike Shuts Down Consular Service at Embassies

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A strike by Israeli Foreign Ministry employees has caused a halt to consular services at Israeli embassies and consulates in the United States and around the world.

“Due to a strike of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until further notice, NO CONSULAR SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED,” read a statement posted on the website of the consulate in New York.

Employees at the diplomatic missions will make exceptions for medical emergencies, adoptions and transporting bodies for burial.

Israelis living abroad cannot go to embassies and consulates for issues concerning passports and visas, reports of Israeli births abroad and matters dealing with the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel Embassy in Nepal Arrests Suspected Iranian Spy

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal recently arrested an Iranian national and turned him over to local authorities on suspicion of spying. He had hidden his Iranian passport and possessed a fake Israeli passport, according the Himalayan Times reported Monday,

The suspect was identified as Mohsin Khosravian, who was arrested Saturday a week ago.

Officials at the Embassy said he “carried a tourist map of the Lazimpat area,” where the Israeli mission is located, an indication he might have been preparing to attack Israeli tourists.

Khosravian made “frequent and suspicious visits” to the Israeli Embassy area, but he told police after his arrest that he had left his hotel room to look for a place to repair his laptop.

He also claimed he traveled to Nepal on his way to Europe to seek asylum because he faces losses in his garment business.

Officials caught up with him when his wife, who is from Thailand, and two of his relatives from Iran arrived in Kathmandu from Bangkok to meet with him.

The Nepalese newspaper reported that the suspected spy entered Malaysia on his Iranian passport last month and then obtained a fake Israeli passport, under the name “Alexander,” in Kuala Lumpur. He allegedly used it receive an “on arrival” visa when he landed at the Nepalese airport on April 3.

The Nepal Police’s Central Bureau of Investigation and Special Bureau have launched investigation into his activities and possible terrorist links.

Last year, Turkish police said they busted an Iranian spy ring, and Indian police deported an Iranian national who was caught spying on a Chabad House, a synagogue and other places where Jews gather.

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Returning Home

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

IDF Radio confirms that Israeli Embassy staff in Egypt are returning home due to security concerns.

It’s not known if Israel’s ambassador will be returning in the near future.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-ambassador-to-egypt-returning-home/2012/11/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: