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Michelin criticized for no Israel guide

The president of the World Jewish Congress is taking the Michelin travel company to task for not including Israel in its repertoire of prestigious travel and dining guides. In a letter to the French company, whose restaurant-ranking system influences foodies worldwide, Ronald Lauder said it is a “concerning omission’’ that Michelin has no guide to Israel, The Associated Press reported May 3. “Israel today is a venerable amalgam of cultures and traditions, which come together to produce a distinctive and exceptional culinary scene,’’ he wrote. “Though I am sure that it is not your intention, some have speculated that reasons other than merit color Michelin’s decision not to visit Israel.”

Michelin has print guides for 27 countries and many city-specific guides, including a new guide to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil. The company’s website also excludes Israel from its list of 79 countries, among them Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates – even Syria, which has been engulfed in a bloody civil war for the past five years.

In recent years, Israeli food and wine has garnered international prestige. In 2014, Saveur Magazine recognized Tel Aviv as an outstanding travel destination for food lovers, and in November Conde Nast Traveler said Tel Aviv has the “world’s best vegetarian food.”

Michelin Guide spokeswoman Samuelle Dorol told AP there are no current plans for an Israel guide, “but that doesn’t mean we will never have one.”

Jewish Israeli sentenced to life plus 20 years for murder of Palestinian teen

JERUSALEM – The Jewish-Israeli man convicted of the revenge murder of a Palestinian teen was sentenced to life plus 20 years in jail on May 3. Yosef Ben-David, 31, of Jerusalem, was sentenced for the kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir in July 2014. The court also ordered Ben-David to pay the Palestinian teen’s family $39,000 in damages. Israel does not have a death penalty.

“I request forgiveness from the family for what happened; it wasn’t under my control. That’s not my character and I am not that kind of man,” Ben-David said.

He and two teenage accomplices burned Khdeir to death in the Jerusalem forest. The three kidnapped Khdeir, then beat and burned him alive, soon after the bodies of three Jewish teens kidnapped and murdered by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas were found. The accomplices, both 16 at the time, were sentenced last month: one to life in prison, the other to 21 years.

Model of Oskar Schindler’s gold ring donated by Australian jeweler’s son

SYDNEY – A long-thought lost model used by grateful Jewish workers to create a gold ring for Oskar Schindler has been donated to the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre, where it will go on display. The model lay in the Melbourne workshop of ring maker Jozef Gross for more than 50 years. The ring-making was portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List as having been made from gold sourced from prisoners’ teeth. At the end of the war Gross, a master jeweler, made the ring for Schindler, who lost it shortly after the war. The model came to Australia with Gross. The jeweler was a very private person and chose not to share his story with the world, telling only his family and a few others about his war experiences.

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