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  • China launches tours to Israel

    Forty Chinese tourists departed for Israel in the first officially sanctioned tour group from the republic.

  • Zubari takes the wind out of China-Israel relations

    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 was his answer when the reporter asked him to describe his hosts in one word. Zubari also…

  • How Israel wins

    Not surprisingly, Israel’s first medal of the Beijing Olympics was not won in Beijing, but rather in Qingdao, where the Sailing competition is being held. In recent days, many Israelis in China have flocked to Qingdao in hopes of seeing better results than they had in Beijing. Shahar Zubari was able to clinch the bronze…

  • A ‘shalom’ from Chinese schoolchildren

    Israeli Olympic swimmers visiting a Beijing elementary school were greeted with cries of “shalom” from young Chinese students clutching Israeli flags.

  • Munich victims remembered in Beijing

    The Israelis hosted a ceremony honoring the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich, but the pervasive question was, why won’t the International Olympic Committee get involved?

  • A bar mitzvah amid the medals

    After attending a night of competition at the Bird’s Nest, and before seeing American NBA stars crush the opposition, Isaac Shapiro of Illinois was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah.

  • Israeli Olympians visit Beijing school

    Four Israeli Olympic swimmers (Itai Chammah, Guy Barnea, Tom Beera and Gal Nevo), the Israeli Ambassador to China, the President of Israel’s National Swimming Association and a slew of Chinese and Israeli reporters visited the Shi Jia Primary School on Monday, Aug. 18. This school was assigned Israel as part of a Beijing-wide program of…

  • Beijing Bar Mitzvah

    His voice had the slightest rasp to it, but that was probably from cheering on Team USA during the athletics competition at the Bird’s Nest the previous night. Isaac Shapiro did a remarkable job with his maftir and haftarah portion during his “American bar mitzvah in Beijing” on Saturday, Aug. 16. His family also sponsored…

  • Beijing blues skies to cheer up Israeli athletes

    With sailing competitions in Qingdao up and running today after being postponed due to insufficient wind, Israel’s Olympic delegation has something to be happy about again. Already at the time of this blogging, Israeli sailing duo Nike Kornecky and Vered Bouskila had moved up to third place in the rankings for the Women’s 470 event,…

  • Israeli Shooting

    This post’s title might be alarmist considering I am blogging about Olympic competition, not an act of violence. Still, I find myself just a bit alarmed that Israeli shooters are not the sharpest in the world. I think Jews, outside of Israel at least, like to mythologize the IDF and Israeli military prowess. Yet off…