Israel in my mind

2022-05-19 0 By

Yu Aimin graduated from the Foreign Languages Department of Anhui University in 1982, majoring in English. Before his retirement, he served as the Chief of The Protocol Department of the Foreign Affairs Office of Anhui Provincial People’s Government. He was awarded the honorary title of “National Senior Local Foreign Affairs Worker” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He is now a consultant of Anhui Translators Association and a part-time tutor of Master of Translation in School of Foreign Languages, Anhui University.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the State of Israel.Memory, in the end of last century to the turn of the century, contacts with Israel in anhui province is very active, with drip irrigation farming, dairy farming, health care, climate science, communication and technical cooperation and volunteer organization and management and other kinds of personnel’s technical training, and Israel sites photo exhibition, such as poverty alleviation clothes donated exchange activities, both practical and rewarding.In April 2001, AS a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I was very honored to be invited to Study and visit Israel for a month, which left an indelible impression on me.The Year 2001 is the first year of this century and also the International Year of Volunteers proclaimed by the United Nations. The Center for International Cooperation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moshav for short) held from 22 April to 18 May 2001,In Haifa, a beautiful mountain city on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, we held a seminar on the Management of Volunteer Organizations in the Age of Information Technology.The seminar of the use of language is English, I, as the only representative from China, to and from Asia, Africa, eastern Europe and Latin America, a total of 20 developing countries 25 on behalf of learning and communicating with students, a great honor to have this, therefore, my special thanks to Israel consulate general in Shanghai for this rare opportunity to learn.As early as the early 1960s, Chairman MAO Zedong, the great leader of the Chinese people, called on us to learn from Comrade Lei Feng.The spirit of Lei Feng is the spirit of selfless volunteer dedication, which is to devote the limited life to the infinite service for the people.During my stay in Israel, I took the opportunity to introduce the implementation of China’s “Project Hope” and the love work carried out by Anhui Youth Volunteers Association to the representatives of students from 20 countries.Participants from different countries also shared their country’s volunteer organization structure, service projects and activities from different perspectives.During this special seminar, Moshav arranged lectures mainly by experts, combining theory with practice, as well as a variety of field trips and visits.In Jerusalem, we visited YAD SARAH, Israel’s largest volunteer organization that provides medical equipment and rehabilitation guidance.During the visit, everyone also volunteered to do it himself, installed the disabled help cart, free of charge for the disabled to donate love.The picture shows the author installed power cart for the disabled in Jerusalem in tel aviv, etc, we also visited the “old daycare center” “extremely poor population distribution of food aid station” for “volunteer service organizations protection association” “difficult” youth club “English residents association” and “disabled elderly assistance hotline” and so on many volunteers helping agencies.Many of Israel’s volunteer organizations are spontaneous, and perhaps the most numerous and well-managed in the world, due to the fact that the country’s Jewish immigrants come from all over the world.The essence of volunteer cause is the dedication of love and selfless pay, which is a noble cause to promote the continuous progress of human society.During his stay in Israel, Moshav organized a special visit to two Kibbutz for all of us: Mashabei Sadeh and Jesreel.We also had dinner at the collective canteen of the first kibbutz and stayed overnight at its hotel.The kibbutz has a long history of establishment and development. The socialist revolution in Russia in the early 20th century had a profound influence on its development.Kibbutz in Israel is a very distinctive form of human existence in small society, some people understand it as socialist public ownership of the nature of the collective manor or community.I visited the Kibbutz with great curiosity. I also raised some questions during the visit and received patient answers from kibbutz members.The basic kibbutz principle of “From each according to his ability, from each according to his need” reminds me of the children’s song I loved to sing as a child, “We are the Heirs of Communism”.The Kibbutzri we visited is full of high-tech industries, factories, farms, agricultural enterprises, shops, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, collective dining halls, communal laundry and recreational facilities.All property and means of production in the Kibbutzri are owned by all members, and their food, clothing, housing, transportation, medical care and education are free of charge.There is no money in the kibbutz, no pay or wages for work.Items that cannot be bought in the kibbutz can be purchased outside the kibbutz by withdrawing money.Through the visit and understanding, I felt that the communist ideal society of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is being practiced in the kibbutz.Israel is a developed capitalist country, and I am deeply curious about the many kibbutz there are, and the role that the kibbutz has played in the social development of Israel.China’s foreign ministry has always maintained that people of all countries have the right to choose their own development path and system.The existence of the kibbutz is an alternative to the idea of a better communist ideal.Whenever Israel is mentioned, security is a common theme.This unique and mysterious country in the Middle East, on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, is indeed surrounded by more enemies than friends.In the spring of 2001, just before I was ready to fly to Israel, my family and some close friends still urged me not to go.The Israeli government took strict preventive measures against terrorist incidents, especially for the frequent bomb explosion at that time.One day, along with fellow students from Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia and the Philippines, I encountered a suspected bomb alert on the road in downtown Haifa.Israeli police quickly cordoned off the area and used sophisticated automatic bomb detectors to enter a street building in a search that lasted more than an hour.I also saw the bomb detectors go out and recorded the moment with a film camera.Police later lifted the blockade after confirming there was no bomb.In my impression, Israel seems to have a full army, and the police are out very quickly. It is not uncommon for police cars to appear and sirens to be heard.In Israel, security guards are stationed in almost all office buildings, shopping malls and other public places to check the documents, handbags and other belongings of those who need to enter.The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs always arranges for two armed security personnel to accompany us on our visits.On May 19, 2001, as I was leaving Israel, I arrived early at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport at 1am to find dozens of armed, trigger-pulling soldiers in and out of the airport lobby.The airport is asking passengers to arrive at least four hours in advance to wait in line to unpack their checked bags.I remember that day when I was going through flight formalities, the airport suddenly informed all personnel to evacuate the site immediately. All hand-held and checked luggage must be put in the same place and not moved. The atmosphere was very tense and all personnel on the site were required to return to their original positions after being notified.Security personnel carried out bomb detection and screening.About 40 minutes later, normal order was gradually restored to the concourse, leaving me with a terrifying false alarm.When I was working in the Asia-pacific Office of Foreign Affairs Office of Anhui Province, I was often invited to attend the National Day Reception and Moshav fellowship activities held by the Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai on Israel’s “Independence Day”.In every speech, successive Consul-general of Israel in Shanghai would bring up the story of the Rescue of Jewish refugees by insightful people in China during World War II.According to historical records, Shanghai during World War II was the only major city in the world that opened its doors to Jewish refugees.From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted more than 30,000 Jewish refugees from Europe.In addition to thousands of them who went to a third country through Shanghai, there were still about 25,000 Jewish refugees who took Shanghai as their temporary home and forged a deep friendship with the local people.In January, the Israeli Embassy in China replayed this history in a short video to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between The two countries: “In order to escape the Nazi massacre and persecution, a large number of Jews from Europe came to Shanghai. Shanghai accepted them and built an Oriental Noah’s Ark for them.”This history is seared into the minds of jews.Both the Chinese and Jewish peoples are grateful, innovative and wise.The traditional friendship between the Chinese and Jewish nations has a long history, which is well documented in the book Jews in China published in 2001.Jewish in China, a book presented to the author by Ma Yiliang, Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, I love Israel and am fascinated by its rich world cultural heritage. The ancient Hebrew language is also one of the languages I am very interested in.In September 2015, I accompanied a cultural delegation from Anhui Province to visit Israel again. I felt deeply touched.I appreciate the Jewish people’s wisdom, creativity, determination and gratitude.As old friends, China and Israel will continue to push forward practical cooperation and embark on a new journey.- END – words | YuAiMin pictures |, the authors provide some derived from network editing | “diplomats say” hefei studio The oranges