Israel-Palestine Current Affairs - 2020

First Jerusalem-Mumbai festival held in Mumbai

The Jerusalem-Mumbai festival is to be held in Mumbai on February 15, 2020 to promote artistic and cultural ties between Israel and India. The festival is first of its kind.

Highlights

The aim of the festival is to establish links between the cities Jerusalem and Mumbai. The idea was mooted during PM Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2019. The festival will boost cultural ties between the countries that will help to boost the partnership between them.

Objective

The main aim of the festival is to promote cooperation between the countries in the field of music, culinary art and dance.

Significance

The festival will act as a common platform for the individuals from cinema, high-technology and tourism to cooperate, learn from each other and also develop.

Background

Israel has so far done similar cooperation with the countries such as Prague, Brussels and Moscow.

Israel-Palestine

India maintains cordial relations between both Israel and Palestine. India urges both the countries to frame solutions. The “two-state solution” envisioned for the countries aims to solve the key matter of dispute between the countries. The countries conflict over boundaries.

Funding for India-Palestine Techno Park released

Recently the Indian Representative to Palestine, Sunil Kumar released the third tranche of funding for the construction of India-Palestine techno park in Palestine. India had committed to invest 12 million USD as a part of capacity building in Palestine. India currently pays 3 million USD on half yearly basis

The Techno Park

The park will create knowledge-based technology clusters and creative enterprises to operate locally, globally and regionally. The main objective of the park is to create an environment that supports process of industrialization and commercialization. The park also aims at bridging the gap between the academia and private sector.

India-Palestine relations

India is the first non-Arab country to recognize Palestine Liberation Organization as the legitimate representative of the Palestinians in 1974. In 1988, India again was the first country to recognize an independent Palestine. The trade between the countries is roughly 40 million USD and spans medical tourism, spare parts, textiles, pharmaceuticals and agro-chemicals.