23 October 2018 - 15 Heshvan 5779 - ט"ו חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) announced in April that it had been awarded contracts in India totalling almost US$2 billion.

The deal includes a contract worth over US$1.6 billion – the largest defence contract in the history of Israel’s defence industries – to deliver an advanced Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM) air and missile defence system to the Indian Army. IAI will also supply additional Long-Range Surfaceto-Air Missile (LRSAM) air and missile defence systems to be built in India for Indian aircraft carriers.

MRSAM is an advanced ground-breaking air and missile defence system that provides the ultimate protection against a variety of aerial threats. In its existing version, MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force, the Indian Navy and the Israel Defense Forces. The system includes an advanced phased-array radar, command and control, mobile launchers and missiles with advanced RF seekers.

MRSAM was developed jointly for the Indian Army by IAI and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization in collaboration with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and IAI’s ELTA unit, as well as Indian companies including BEL, L&T, BDL and other private vendors.

“Over the past 25 years, IAI has worked with the Indian defence industries and armed forces in many areas as part of our strategic partnership. The current contracts represent an enormous expression of confidence by the government of India in IAI’s capabilities and advanced technologies that are being developed with our local partners as part of the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy,” commented Joseph Weiss IAI President and CEO.

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India and Israel agree on new rules for business visas E-mail

As part of the growing partnership between India and Israel, and in order to ease the travel of Indian businessmen to the country, Israel has finally approved a new policy allowing multiple-entry business visas for five years.

“Connectivity is an important ingredient in relationship between peoples. I am glad we can add another positive measure in this regard while celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations,” said Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon.

Israel’s Minister of the Interior Rabbi Arie Deri approved the outline to the visa agreement between the two countries, which was the result of co-operation between the Ministry of the Interior and the Population Authority. Within the framework of the improved agreement, Israeli citizens wishing to travel to India on business or as tourists will receive a multipleentry visa valid for five years. The agreement grants identical terms to Indian citizens wishing to visit Israel.

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Pakistan allows a citizen to register as a Jew E-mail

For the first time since the 1980s, Pakistan has allowed one of its 180 million citizens to publicly register as a Jew.

Fischel Benkald, 29, was notified in March that the religious status in his National Database and Registration Authority profile could be changed from Muslim to Jew, Fox News reported.

Benkald, who was born Faisal Benkald, was brought up by a Jewish mother and a Muslim father in Karachi. He had been pushing to change his national identity card status for three years. He chose the Yiddish name Fischel.

Wilson Chowdry, the chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, took up Benkald’s cause with the Pakistani High Commission in London.

In Pakistan, the national identity card is used for voting, purchasing public transportation tickets, applying to college, buying phones and more. It contains details of a person’s name, date of birth and religion, plus a photo and a thumbprint.

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Hitler had a Jewish landlord Print E-mail

Adolf Hitler had a Jewish landlord, a German historian says. According to Paul Hoser, Hitler lived in a home in Munich that was owned by a Jewish merchant between 1920 and 1929. He spent one of those years in Landsberg prison for his and his Nazi Party’s failed coup attempt, known as the Beer Hall Putsch, in 1923 in Munich in the German state of Bavaria.

In a quarterly journal issued by the Institute for Contemporary History, Hoser identified the landlord as Hugo Erlanger. He also stated that Hitler treated his landlord “with courtesy”, citing a report on the research in Der Spiegel magazine.

According to Hoser’s research, Erlanger lost the house in 1934 after falling behind on mortgage payments, but recovered it in 1949 after surviving WWII.

(Issue May 2017)

Holocaust-denial leaflets at Australian universities E-mail

Leaflets denying the Holocaust were placed on car windshields on two university campuses in Melbourne, Australia, in April.

The leaflets began appearing at Monash University and the University of Melbourne at the same time as the opening in the city of Denial, a movie that portrays the court battle between Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt and Holocaust denier David Irving.
Containing slogans such as “the greatest swindle of all time” and “the Holohoax”, the leaflets claimed that the “official version” of the Holocaust, which is also portrayed by Hollywood filmmakers, is “demonstrably false”.

“These leaflets are the result of a nationally organised campaign to spread poisonous anti-Semitic conspiracies at our nation’s top universities,” said the national chairwoman of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, Isabella Polger. “They represent an atrocious assault on the dignity of Jewish students.”

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