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‘Mukherjee’s Israel visit a historic political milestone’

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee’s three-day state visit to Israel from Tuesday, the first by an Indian president, marks an historic political milestone and reflects the continued strengthening of bilateral relations, Israel has said.

Mukherjee, visiting at the invitation of his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin, will receive an official reception at the Israeli president’s residence, after which the two heads of state will hold a working meeting.

Later, Rivlin will host a state dinner in honor of Mukherjee.

Rivlin said the visit of Mukherjee, “more than being an important milestone in the relationship of the two countries, will serve to deepen the friendship between our states, in the fields of economy, science, medicine, and agriculture”.

He said he was looking forward to the Indian president’s visit, “which will represent one of the highlights of the relationship between the Israeli and Indian peoples”.

Mukherjee’s itinerary includes a luncheon with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as meetings with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and with Opposition chairman Isaac Herzog.

Mukherjee is to deliver an address at a special plenary meeting of the Knesset.

On October 15, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will confer an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree upon Mukherjee. The award will be conferred in recognition of his longtime exemplary public service as a leading diplomat and champion of social and financial reform; in tribute to his steadfast commitment to higher education; and in appreciation of his longstanding advocacy of the relationship with the State of Israel, said an official statement from the Israeli embassy here.

(IANS)

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There Are Much More Commonalities Between Jews and Hindus Than You Think, Read on to Know More!

Indian and Jewish people have had a very long and fruitful relationship

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the King David hotel in Jerusalem Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Israel and India have signed a series of agreements to cooperate in the fields of technology, water and agriculture. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner) (VOA)

by Jai Nath Misra

New Delhi, September 18, 2017 : Although I had always wanted to visit Israel but for security reasons my wife and I decided against it but that was a few years ago.However after prime minister Modi’s highly successful visit to Israel I decided to follow suit and go to Israel. I asked my travel agent in Mumbai to arrange a tailor made itinerary for my trip to Israel and he did not let me down. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time in Israel.

Long Established Indo-Israel Relations

As you know that Jews and Hindus have had a very long and fruitful relationship. Baghdadi Jews came to India over a thousand years ago and settled happily in various cities and became a part of society. Antisemitism or dislike of Jews has existed in many parts of the world  and still does e.g in Arab countries and most of Europe but in India this word is unheard of and of course this fact is well known to all Israelis. 

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Misra infront of western wall ,a very sacred place for Jewish people

If you were to compare India and Israel then you will find there are some startling similarities between the two countries.Both countries are democracies,India being the largest democracy in the world , both became independent at the same time i.e in the year 1947. Israel is a Jewish state with a Muslim minority and India is a mainly Hindu country with a Muslim minority. These two countries have not broken  link with their past cultural traditions ,religious history etc. In other words these two countries have continued to follow the ancient customs and the way of life like their forefathers. But the course of events in the rest of the world has been very different and as a result of that we find that the population of the world today is just under half Christians and a similar proportion Islamic. 

Are Jews and Hindus At Risk From Dominant Religions?

My concern is that taking all the above factors that I have mentioned India and Israel have to work very closely together or else the Jews and Hindus run the risk of being squeezed out of existence by the two large group of countries i.e Christian and Islamic. Although it may sound rather a startling suggestion but the probability of such a situation occurring is worth bearing in mind.


The author is a London-based NRI and a political activist, most notably known for his efforts in support of the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

 


 

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World’s Oldest Board Game Backgammon Being Used by Jerusalem Double to unite Jews and Arabs

Backgammon is acting as a peace maker between Israelis and Palestinians. Every one in Middle-East irrespective of one's religion has an attachment with this game.

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Backgammon- An ancient board game that is acting as a bond to unify Jews and Arabs.
Backgammon- An ancient board game that is acting as a bond to unify Jews and Arabs. Pixabay.
  • An ancient game turning out to be a peace maker between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem
  • Backgammon is a deeply rooted game in the Middle-East, which is uniting segregated neighbors
  • Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world

Jerusalem, September 11, 2017: No one had ever imagined the power of Backgammon. And about how this ancient game could act as a game changer in the Middle-East.

Backgammon is one of the world’s oldest board games that is currently being used to bring back peace in the Middle-East.

Jerusalem Double project is a series of Backgammon tournament that takes place in Jerusalem. It is an inter cultural initiative by Jerusalem Foundation to create more interaction between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel is the only Jewish state in the world which is located just at the east of Mediterranean Sea. Jew is a word used for those people who profess Judaism irrespective of the place they live in.

Palestinians consist of the Arab population that hails from the land which is now controlled by Israel. They want to establish a state by the name “Palestine” on all or part of the land, which is currently controlled by Israel.

“We wanted to bring Jews and Arabs together beyond the daily grind. We wanted to create a joint cultural event in which everyone can share and we wanted to create cross over between neighborhoods that for generations have been completely segregated”, believes Zaki Djemal from Jerusalem Foundation.

Jerusalem Double chose Backgammon as a medium to break the walls between the Jews and Arabs because Backgammon is deeply rooted in the Middle-east. It is highly accessible and inclusive.

Initially, the project Jerusalem Double had faced a lot of resistance from both the communities. But, they went against the wind and left no stone unturned to make this project work. As a result, the Backgammon proved to be a catalyst towards a positive change.

In 2106, when the first Backgammon championship had happened, only 150 people showed up. But this time, 250 people participated in the tournament and competed for a cash prize of 6,000 USD.

Play can create empathy between strangers and apparent enemies and it can give us the confidence that we need to trust in each other and in the world we have been slighted, even after we have experienced pain, suffering, and fear said Zaik Djemal.

Backgammon is an outstanding initiative towards a peaceful morning in the Middle-East.

-prepared by Shivani Chowdhary of NewsGram. Twitter handle: @cshivani31

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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu asks: Why do the Palestinians choose to honor mass murderers instead of champions of Peace?

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke against brainwashing of Palestinian Children with hatred

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks about brainwashing Palestinian children with hatred
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks about brainwashing Palestinian children with hatred. Wikimedia
  • This is not the first time Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has released a video talking about selected issues
  • Palestinians building statues of people who mass murdered Israeli men, women and children is morally incorrect and a shame for humanity
  • Khaled Nazzal planned the murder of 22 Israeli school children and four grown-ups

September 4, 2017: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a new video on twitter with a message that how Palestinian Children are taught the message to hate and kill by showing them how the fellow Palestinians honor the people who mass murdered Israeli’s.  It’s wrong to spread hatred in a child’s mind, to hail murderers as heroes.

This is not the first time Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has released a video talking straightforwardly about selected issues, he began this practice in 2016.

Palestinian Children are being brainwashed with hatred

Palestinians building statues of people who mass murdered Israeli men, women and children is morally incorrect and a shame for humanity. When a child would ask his or her mother about the statue, she will tell him about how this murderer mercilessly killed children many of whom were her child’s age. Netanyahu said, “I want you to close your eyes and imagine. I want you to imagine a seven-year old girl named Fatima. She is walking to school with her mother, and sees a statue, and asks ‘who is that?’ Her mother answers-that is Khaled Nazzal. He planned the murder of 22 Israeli school children and four grown-ups.” Palestinians are filling the minds of young children with poison by expecting them to respect murderers as they honored them by building their statue’s.

Also Read: India pledges 1.25 million USD to UN relief agency for Palestinian Refugees, due to their vulnerable condition and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East

Netanyahu continued in a similar manner, speaking out against the various statues erected by the Palestinian Authority in honor of terrorists like:

  • Dalal Maghrabi- In 1978’s Coastal Road Massacre she murdered 38 Israelis on a bus
  • Abu Sakkar- he is responsible for 15 Israelis death

Netanyahu voiced a strong message, “Children should be taught to love and respect, not hate and kill.” He concludes the video with this concern, “There are so many champions of peace to dedicate statues to. Why do the Palestinians consistently choose to honor mass murderers?” This video raises some important questions. What is the need to honor those who murdered their fellow countrymen? Why can’t statue’s be dedicated to people who fought for peace instead?

We all know about the prolonged communal conflict between Israeli’s and Palestinians but Palestinians stooped down to a very low level by building statues of Khaled Nazzal, Dalal Maghrabi, and Abu Sakkar, they are stained with innocent Israeli blood. Not only is this despicable it also gives a wrong message of hatred to Palestinian Children.


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