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Israel government awards 1 million USD to Indian-origin British sculptor

Kapoor would like to use the award prize to help alleviate the refugee crisis and try to expand the Jewish communitys engagement in a global effort to aid Syrian refugees

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Jerusalem, Feb 6: A renowned Indian-origin British Sculptor ‘Anish Kapoor’ was awarded 1 million USD Genesis prize by the Israel government for his towards the Jewish values.

With this award in hand, Kapoor has joined the league of awardees such as Itzhak Perlman- former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and actor/director Michael Douglas.

Kapoor, 62, spoke out against “abhorrent government policies” towards refugees as he was named the recipient of this years Genesis prize, dubbed Jewish Nobel, mentioned PTI

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The prize committee’ led by Jewish Agency Chairperson- Natan Sharansky, recognized Kapoor as “one of the most influential & motivated artists of his generation”.

Kapoor would like to use the award prize to help alleviate the refugee crisis and try to expand the Jewish communitys engagement in a global effort to aid Syrian refugees.

“Jewish identity and history have witnessed recurring conditions of indifference, persecution and Holocaust. Repeatedly, we have had to repossess ourselves and re-identify our communities,” Kapoor said.

“As inheritors and carriers of Jewish values, it is unseemly, therefore, for us to ignore the plight of people who are persecuted, who have lost everything and had to flee as refugees in mortal danger,” he added.

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“Outsider consciousness resides at the heart of Jewish identity and this is what motivates me, while accepting the honour of the Genesis Prize, to re-gift the proceeds to refugee causes.”

“I am an artist, not a politician, and I feel I must speak out against indifference for the suffering of others. There are over 60 million refugees in the world today ? whatever the geography of displacement, the refugees crisis is right here on our doorstep,” he added further.

Stan Polovets, chairman and co-founder of the Genesis Prize Foundation, said the profoundness of Kapoor’s work remarks the long history of Jewish endowment to the arts, while his social activism reaffirms the diligence of the Jewish people to humanitarian causes.

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“We particularly admire how, in an age frequently characterized by cynicism and indifference, Anish continually advocates for the world’s disadvantaged & challenging all of us to do more to help wherever and whenever we can,” Polovets said.

“Anishs commitment to alleviate the plight of Syrian refugees will resonate with the Jewish community, especially young Jews, everywhere.”

-Edited by Ashish srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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Israel to Help India with Desertification and Water Management

World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification

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The country is one of the world's leading nations in desert technologies and methods of dealing with desertification. Wikimedia Commons

At a time when several parts of India are facing acute water shortage and drought situation, Israel has expressed its keenness to share its experience in dealing with desertification and water management, in which it is a world leader.

Israel, with over 60 per cent of its territory being a desert and another 20 per cent semi-arid land, has developed a variety of solutions to desertification through desert agriculture, irrigation, desalination, aquaculture, afforestation and management of water resources. The country is one of the world’s leading nations in desert technologies and methods of dealing with desertification.

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The statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when several parts of India are facing acute water shortage and drought situation. Wikimedia Commons

“As part of our growing partnership with India, Israel is keen to work together and share all its experience and cutting edge technology in our joint fight against desertification, including a strategic partnership on water management and water security,” said Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka in a statement.

His statement came in the context of World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when several parts of India are facing acute water shortage and drought situation.

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World Day to Combat Desertification, which is observed every June 17 to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. Wikimedia Commons

A statement issued by the Israeli Embassy said MASHAV, the country’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, places special emphasis on development cooperation and assistance in the fight against desertification and drought by introducing international programs of capacity building, training, project development and research.

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MASHAV’s approach is based on Israel’s experience in facing harsh climatic conditions, combines the transfer of adaptable technology, research and development, and a hands-on experience originating from leading Israeli experts and institutions, it added.

Under the Indo-Israeli Agricultural Project with the federal and state governments of India, the centre of excellence for date palms in the heart of the desert in Bhuj, Gujarat introduced Indian farmers to date palms suitable for arid conditions made more common by desertification, the statement said. Date palms are ideal value crops for farmers in arid conditions that can be found in India and Israel alike, it added. (IANS)