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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.

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Mahatma Gandhi’s 80-year-old Letter wishing Jews ‘Era of Peace’ Unveiled

The National Library of Israel unveiled an 80 – year old handwritten letter by Mahatma Gandhiji on the day World War II broke out. He had wished the Jewish people an era of peace in his letter.

Gandhiji had addressed the letter the Bombay Zionist Association that was struggling to turn the support of Indian leaders in favor of the movement to establish a home for the Jews.

When was the letter written?

The letter was written by Gandhiji on the occasion of Jewish new year, that is, on September 1, 1939. It also marked the day when Germany invaded Poland and set the world at war.

The letter was addressed to Shohet

Shohet – The Indian Jewish leader

Shohet saw the movement as the only way to unite the Jewish population in India. It included the wealthy Baghdadi Jews, local European Jews and Israelian Jews. As Gandhiji remained silent on the killing of Jews Shohet wanted to win him over his side. However, he couldn’t convince Mahatma to become an active defender of European Jews.

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