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  • Israeli Thai Boxers Gain Respect of Adversaries at Worldwide Match

    The night before the opening day of fights, the three Israelis slip into their silver-colored tracksuits, which shimmer with a dim metallic sheen under neon-lighted Chinese ideograms. As they jog through Bangkok’s Chinatown, the Israelis look like waylaid Star Trek astronauts. Diners slurping bird-nest and shark-fin soups at curbside eateries watch them bemusedly. For weeks,… More ▸

  • Group’s Efforts to Help Thai Villagers Rebuild Lives After Tsunami Bear Fruit

    For Sukanya Waharak, a Thai villager in an area devastated by last December’s tsunami, a scholarship provided by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee helps send her children to school. “My husband does not work because of mental illness, so I have to take care of our two kids. I sell food, but things are… More ▸

  • Saving the Primates, Tying the Knot: Israeli Woman Volunteers in Thailand

    “To see the gibbons meandering on their own, free in the forest, is the best part,” Noga Ruschin says as she kneels in the rain-forest jungle on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand. At the moment, the Israeli woman is just above the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center where she volunteers, waiting to watch a family… More ▸

  • In Destroyed Thai Village, Israeli Gives Back to a Country He Loves

    Meuang Mai, a small fishing village on the island of Kho Khao in southern Thailand, is a lucky village. Its 16 houses and all of its fishing boats were obliterated in the Dec. 26 tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia, but no one from the village was killed, and no one was even hurt: Fishermen saw… More ▸

  • In Thailand Seminars, JDC Helps Tsunami Caregivers Help Themselves

    Juree Worawit wasn’t hurt in last winter’s Southeast Asian tsunami, but that doesn’t stop her from envisioning worst-case scenarios as she relives the moment in her mind. “We’re still thinking, ‘What if the tsunami had hit on a Monday?’ ” says Worawit, a kindergarten teacher from a navy base in Phang Nga in southern Thailand,… More ▸

  • Chabad of Thailand Sponsors Toy Drive for Young Tsunami Victims

    The unrelenting drizzle turned clean-pressed shirts into sodden rags and transformed the potholed asphalt ground below the open-air festival into an archipelago of ankle-deep wading pools. But no amount of water could dampen the spirits of the 500 or so children from southern Thailand’s tsunami-ravaged villages who gathered one day in early May for fun… More ▸

  • Gaza Worker’s Death Raises Questions on Settlers’ Dependence on Thai Labor

    The blood-soaked denim shirt did not immediately catch fire. But Jitrada Tab-a-sa’s husband and friends wanted to help release her soul to heaven, so they poured a stream of lighter fluid onto the shirt she had been wearing when a Palestinian mortar shell exploded next to her, killing her. Soon the blue lump burned into… More ▸

  • Scouts Gather in Thailand, but Israelis Aren’t Among Them

    Just three years ago, Israeli and Palestinian boy scouts slept side by side in sleeping bags on the ground in Tiberias. But that was before the intifada began. This year, it’s another story. At this year’s World Scout Jamboree in Thailand, which ended Tuesday, there were only six Palestinian scouts — who made it thanks… More ▸

  • Israeli Military to Strengthen Ties with South Africa, Thailand

    The Israel Defense Force chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Amnon Shahak, left this week for visits to South Africa and Thailand with the goal of strengthening Israel’s military ties with the two states. Israel has been concerned by a South African proposal to sell tank firing systems to Syria. In another development, Turkey’s defense minister… More ▸