Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Stranded Israeli Travelers Cope With Thailand Protests

While thousands of stranded tourists scrambled to rearrange their travel plans in the wake of this past weekend’s forced airport closure in the southern Thailand resort of Phuket, more than 270 Israelis turned to the one place they knew would be able to help: the local Chabad-Lubavitch center.
“We got to the airport on Friday and they said there was a big commotion, and we would have to fly out on Sunday,” said Golan Bar-Zion, who was traveling to the north of Thailand.
Bar-Zion, 61, has a family business in Israel, but has been on vacation for the past couple months, traveling all over the Asian nation.

For his part, he was happy to stay in Phuket over Shabbat.
“Shabbat was very special,” said Bar-Zion. “Like all Chabad Houses in Thailand, there is a feeling of home, when so many Israelis get together for Kiddush, and everyone is singing together.”



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