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First Secretary and Consul Reichel Quiñones (6th from right) welcomed Israeli high school students, composed of Jewish-Israeli, Arab-Israeli, and Bedouins, participating in the Debate for Peace Model UN program at the Balai Quezon on 26 December 2019. Ms. Quiñones provided the group a briefing on then President Manuel L. Quezon’s Open Door policy and Philippines-Israel bilateral relations.

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 In the first photo, First Secretary and Consul Reichel Quiñones was asked by the group to light a candle for the menorah in celebration of the fifth day of Hanukkah.   In the second photo, one of the students lit the third candle for the menorah and explained the origins of the celebration of Hanukkah and the different practices and traditions observed by Jewish families.