Jaishankar, who arrived here on his maiden visit to Israel as foreign minister, lauded the remarkable contribution of the Indian Jewish community to the age-old ties between the two countries. Popular songs from Hindi films were sung to welcome S Jaishankar and his accompanying delegation at the Center for Persons with Disabilities in Jerusalem on Monday.
Jaishankar and the members of the delegation were taken by surprise on this occasion. Dina Samte, a blind Jewish girl of Indian origin from the Binai Minashe community, welcomed Jaishankar and sang popular songs from Hindi films ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’. Dina Shalwa is a part of the band. Hearing his songs, many present in the program became emotional. Israel’s alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jair Lapid hosted a lunch in honor of Jaishankar at the Shalva Centre.
will interact with youth
Shalwa Center takes care of physically challenged people and provides them opportunities for social inclusion. Dina immigrated to Israel from Manipur in 2007 and was chosen to light the torch at Israel’s official Independence Day celebrations a few years ago. Jaishankar will also visit the Israel Museum. Apart from this, he will also interact with some young members of the Cochin Jewish community.
Tribute paid to Holocaust victims
Jaishankar will also interact with some ‘think tanks’. On Monday, he paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust in Yad Vashem, Israel. He said the Holocaust memorial strengthens our resolve to confront evil. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Israel on Sunday on a 5-day visit. He expressed confidence that the Indian Jewish community in Israel would bring the two countries closer in the years to come.