India, Israel set for £2bn arms deal

February 11, 2016

Israel and India are preparing to sign a £2bn weapons deal ahead of a planned visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Holy Land later this year.

India is planning to buy 164 laser systems for its air force, specifically for its Sukhoi-30MKI and Jaguar planes, and 250 precision-guided bunker busting bombs, according to a report in the Times of India on Tuesday.


Salute to the Jewish general who liberated 60 million Muslims

By Kapil Komireddi , January 18, 2016

One of the tragic ironies of history is that Pakistan, a country created explicitly to safeguard Muslims from predatory non-Muslims, perpetrated in 1971 the single-largest massacre of Muslims since the birth of Islam.


Jack Jacob, hero of the Indian Jewish community, dies aged 92

By Naomi Firsht, January 14, 2016

Jack Jacob, the highest ranking military officer in the history of the Indian Jewish community, has died at the age 92.

Lieutenant General Jacob, who was also a statesman and prominent member of the country’s community, died of pneumonia in New Delhi on Wednesday.


Chief praises 'vital, exciting' India

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis hopes his historic visit to India this week will act as a catalyst for Jews to support literacy and aid programmes in the developing world.

During his 10-day tour of the country, Rabbi Mirvis visited 19 synagogues and met leaders of India's Jewish community.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis stresses fight against hunger and illiteracy during visit to Indian orphanage

By Kalpana Pradhan , December 31, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has prioritised the eradication of hunger and illiteracy during a visit to an aid project in India.

The dual approach was vital in tackling the problems of poverty in the country, he said.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to visit India

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is set to make an official visit to India next month.

It is understood that Rabbi Mirvis will meet religious leaders in the country – as well as visiting some of its key historical sites.


Joint projects bolster ties between minorities

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

The visit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Britain provides the opportunity to assess the links between his country's diaspora and the Jewish community.


We don't repossess the shul, we just destroy it

By Lawrence Joffe, August 7, 2014

Down the road from more famous, 16th century Paradesi Synagogue of Cochin, south-west India, stands a dilapidated yet even older house of worship.

The Kadavumbhagom Synagogue was founded in 1551 and once housed a Talmud Torah and an adult yeshivah. But it was sold off when most congregants emigrated to Israel decades ago.


England cricketer Moeen Ali banned from wearing Gaza wristband

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2014

England cricketer Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing pro-Palestinian wristbands during test matches.

There was controversy on Monday when the bowler was photographed wearing two bands stating “free Palestine” and “save Gaza”.


Israeli diplomats ‘beat up’ Indian border official

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

Three Israeli diplomats allegedly assaulted an Indian immigration officer in New Delhi airport after a dispute over customs delays ahead of a flight to Kathmandu.

According to the Times of India, the Israeli Foreign Ministry employees held diplomatic passports, which grant them immunity from prosecution.