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By By Simon Rocker and Simon Griver, Tel Aviv
Jewish campaigners in both the UK and Israel have been showing support for the Tibetan struggle for independence from China.
Some 100 people are reported to have been killed in renewed unrest.
The Tibetan Jewish Youth Exchange has been fundraising to help buy computers for Longsho, the Tibetan youth movement. Marc Bergen, a trustee of the exchange, said: “The fact that we have had Israel since 1948 is a great inspiration to the Tibetan people —as the Dalai Lama himself has pointed out — who are also dreaming and hoping to one day get their own homeland back and are seeking to retain their identity, language and culture in the meantime.”
Demonstrations against the escalating violence have also taken place in Israel. A planned event outside the Tel Aviv Cinematheque last Saturday turned into an impromptu protest against the increasing death toll in Lhasa. Hundreds of demonstrators again turned out on Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy in Tel Aviv.
Ran Natanzon, spokesman for the 1,000-strong Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People, told the JC that the Israeli government must make its voice heard. “The Israeli government must at least express its condemnation of what is happening,” he said. “At the very least, the Chinese ambassador should be called up to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and reprimanded.”
Among the protesters were 50 Tibetan students studying agriculture in Israel. But the seven Tibetan exiles in the country who are married to Israelis stayed away for fear of reprisals on their relatives in Tibet, with the exception of Lobsang Yeshi, who lives in Tel Aviv and has called on Israel to boycott this summer’s Olympics in China.
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