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Baby Born to Thai Surrogate Mother Gets Israeli Passport

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Israel issued a passport for a baby born in Thailand to a same-sex couple using a surrogate mother.

Twelve other babies born in Thailand will receive passports this week, Walla reported.

The issuance of the passport comes several days after the families of 65 born or soon-to-be-born babies in Thailand to Israeli parents through surrogacy launched a protest to demand citizenship for the children.

With the shortage of surrogate mothers in Israel, gay couples in recent years have been encouraged to go abroad.

In Thailand, the birth mothers must sign documents giving up custody of their children before the children may leave the country.

The parents also must have a document from the surrogate mother giving up all rights to the child. Israel will not provide the child with a passport unless the document is presented and Thailand’s foreign ministry gives its approval.

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.

Thai University Apologizes for Hitler Mural

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Chulalongkorn University, a prestigious institution in Thailand, issued an apology Monday for a mural of Adolf Hitler painted outside one of its buildings.

The university apologized in a statement following criticism of the mural painted outside its Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts building, The Associated Press reported.

The mural, which was meant to be a congratulatory billboard for graduates, depicted Hitler among comic book superheroes such as Superman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk. It was up for two days before being removed on Saturday.

“[We] would like to formally express our sincere apology for our students’ ‘Superhero’ mural,” art school dean Suppakorn Disatapundhu stated. “I can assure you we are taking this matter very seriously.”

He said he spoke with the students, and they claimed their intention was misunderstood. “The students only wanted to show through the mural that different superheroes are there to protect the world and that there are both good and evil people,” Disatapundhu explained. Hitler was painted gray, while the other superheroes are in color.

Two Religious Girls Box-Kick Their Way to World Champions (video)

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Two religious teenagers, one a convert from India and the other born in Baltimore, have won the world championship in Thailand-style kick-boxing for their weight class.

Officially known as Muay Thai, the combat sport is known as “the art of eight weapons” because of the use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet.

One might expect that world champs in the kick-boxing sport would be huge gorillas from the Amazon, but two winners in the girls’ championships held in Thailand recently are none other than two religious girls from Israel.

One is Nili Block, who was born in Baltimore and moved with her family to Israel around 15 years ago. The other is Sarah Avraham, whose family was close friends with Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, two of the six victims of the Muslim terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008.

Having already been acquainted with the Jewish religion through their association with the Holtzbergs, they decided to convert and move to Israel after the terrorist attack.

Nili and Sarah train five times a week at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, attacking a punching bag to sharpen their skills under the supervision of a coach. Their rigorous regime paid off in Thailand, where they were crowned champions after Nile defeated her Bulgarian opponent in the flyweight class of 112-118 pounds, while Nili beat her British opponent in the 125-138-pound class.

Nili is an all-round athlete. Before flying to Thailand for the championships, she ran in the 6-mile Jerusalem Marathon in March and win first place in the women’s 16-19 age group, finishing ahead of 500 runners in her category. Later the same month, she won the 10th Amateur-Pro Muay Thai Championships in Bangkok.

“Nili is amazing − slim and tall, she’s built for this sport, and she possesses quite an array of weapons. She can devastate an opponent with her hands, knees and feet, and she has perfect technique,” said Shuki Rozensweing, an Israeli boxer who won the World Muay Thai Association and World Muay Thai Federation unified title in April 2011.

He told the Thai BigChili website, “She is a complete fighter with a high IQ for the sport…. A fight is not only won on strength. Nili won all three rounds against the Bulgarian girl, who was physically stronger, by virtue of her superior technique.”

She is in the 12th grade and has to decide this year whether to enlist in the IDF or serve in “Sherut Leumi,” national service.

The IDF would love to have her in its ranks. She says she is not sure if she wants to miss out serving as a regular soldier and suspend her boxing talents, but Shuki thinks she has a good chance to receive the IDF’s special athletic status, which would allow her to continue to train.

Besides that, let’s see what happens if an Arab terrorist starts up with her.

Nile discovered Muay Thai through her other after the family moved to Israel.

‘‘My mother was at that time a volunteer police woman attached to the Jerusalem police department and she was looking for some kind of martial arts which would be beneficial for her work,” said Nili. “I went with her as she looked for a Muay Thai training camp and I started to train with her. I stopped training for two years while going to school and resumed when I was 13.” Her father, a dentist, supports and encourages her to box.

So much for stereotyped-orthodox families.

The most thrilling moment in the Thai championships was hearing the Israel national anthem Hatikvah two times, once after Nili won her gold medal and the second time when Sarah won.

Sarah’s story is no less spectacular than Nili’s.

Her father is a doctor and was the family physician to the Holtzbergs, who ran the Chabad House in Mumbai.

Sarah was 14 years old when the family converted and then moved to Kiryat Arba, where she learns at a religious “ulpana” high school.

Hevron resident Michael Pollack spotted her talent and put her in touch with Thai boxing coach Eddie Yusopov.

Keeping in mind that Abraham and Sarah were buried in the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron, Pollack told the Times of Israel last year, “She draws her strength from where we live in Kiryat Arba. That gives her an inner strength that explodes in the ring.”

Charges Brought Against Iranian Bomb Suspects in Bangkok

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Thailand charged two Iranian suspects today with an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats, officials said, as pressure mounts on Tehran over accusations of a terror campaign against Israel, according to Agence France-Presse.

One of the accused, 28-year-old Saeid Morati, had his legs blown off as he threw an explosive device at Thai police while fleeing an earlier blast at a house in Bangkok.

A second Iranian suspect was detained trying to board a flight out of the country. A third suspect is believed to have fled to Malaysia, they said.

“These three Iranian men are an assassination team and their targets were Israeli diplomats including the ambassador,” a senior Thai intelligence official told AFP. “Their plan was to attach bombs to diplomats’ cars.”

Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told reporters that the two suspects were charged with causing an illegal explosion and attempting to kill police officers and members of the public.

“We cannot say yet if it’s a terrorist act,” he said, “but it’s similar to the assassination attempt against a diplomat in India.”

Israel’s ambassador to Thailand confirmed Wednesday that the homemade bombs discovered in a Bangkok house after a series of blasts in the city resembled the devices used against Israeli Embassy targets in India and Georgia, buttressing Israel’s claims that the incidents are part of a covert terror campaign by Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast called the allegations against it “baseless,” saying Israel was trying to damage its relations with Thailand.

Barak, Netanyahu, Blame Iran for Attacks

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Speaking in Singapore, where he is on a visit, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the attempted bombing in Bangkok proves that Iran and its proxies continue operating in the ways of terror. “Iran and Hizbollah are relentless terror elements who pose a danger to the stability of the region and the world,” he said in a statement.

A report in the Hindustan Time said that Israeli intelligence warned India of an imminent threat to Israeli establishments and individuals, giving them a list of about 50 Iranian nationals believed to be involved in the a plot.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry has contacted the Iranian government to find out if the Iranian men caught in the Bangkok bombings are on its terrorist watch list.

The bombs in Thailand came a day after Israeli diplomats were targeted in India and Georgia. In this case, too, Israel blamed Iran and its Lebanese allies, Hizbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also pointed the finger at Iran and Hizbollah. “In recent months, we have witnessed several attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Thailand and others,” the Israeli leader said. “Iran and its proxy, Hizbollah, were behind all of these attempted attacks.”

Tehran, which has denied responsibility for the attacks in India and Georgia, has blamed Israel for those assassinations, contending that they are part of a violent campaign to stop its nuclear program.

Indian officials pledged to conduct a thorough investigation. If it is discovered that Tehran was involved in the case, India would be forced to take steps against Iran, one of its biggest trading partners.

While many Western powers are boycotting Iranian oil and have imposed sanctions on banking transactions with Iran, India has refused to do the same because it is heavily dependent on Iranian oil.

Three Iranian Bombs Rock Downtown Bangkok

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The three bombs that exploded in a busy Bangkok street Tuesday were intended for “foreign nationals” in Thailand, according to national police chief Priewpan Damapong. The blasts injured five people including a bombing suspect carrying an Iranian passport who blew off his own legs. Another Iranian suspect was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport hours after the incident as he was about to leave for Malaysia. He is one of three suspects thought to be involved.

Thai TV news reports said the Iranian, carrying a black bag, first threw a bomb at a taxi after its driver refused to take him as a passenger. When police got to the scene, some reports said, he threw a second bomb that hit a tree and bounced back at him, blowing off both his legs. Other eyewitness accounts said he dropped the device. There are also unconfirmed reports that the house where the man was living may be storing further explosives.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. was awaiting the results of investigations, and did not blame Iran directly. But she noted Monday’s incidents in India and Georgia, and recent “Iranian-sponsored” and “Hezbollah-linked” plots to attack Israeli and Western interests in Azerbaijan and Thailand.

Thai police have not yet divulged motives for the blasts, but the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, directly accused Iran of exporting terror around the world. “The attempted terror attack in Thailand proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to operate in the ways of terror and the latest attacks are an example of that,” said Barak.

He said Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah were “unrelenting terror elements endangering the stability of the region and endangering the stability of the world.”

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