I had planned to spend just a few days in Myanmar, but just as I completed my work, international travel became increasingly difficult by the day.
The Arakan Army, an insurgent group seeking greater autonomy for the region, has been battling government troops for more than a year.
The Israeli Embassy to Myanmar and other Israeli consuls in Asia worked together to find get the backpackers on some of the final flights out of the country.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape an army offensive launched in August 2017 that U.N investigators described as having been executed with genocidal intent.
A headline in a local news journal appeared as “Dinner honors president shithole”, while the Myanmar State Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi's posted an unintentionally vulgar post on her official page.
The resolution Myanmar’s government “to expedite efforts to eliminate statelessness and the systematic and institutionalized discrimination.”
Yehudit and her husband Rabbi Shneur Raitport are the Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in Myanmar, who have recently made the country the umpteenth nation in the world where representatives of the Hasidic group are supporting and fostering Jewish life.
If convicted they face up to two years in prison.
Suu Kyi, once feted in the West as a heroine of democracy, spoke for about 30 minutes at the courtroom in The Hague in defense of the actions of the Myanmar military that for years had kept her under house arrest.
Gambia has filed a lawsuit accusing Maymar of genocide against Rohingya Muslims, but Suu Kyi has defended the campaign as a legitimate response to attacks by Rohingya militants.