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India, Israel and the Jewish People

Contacts between the Jewish people and India predate the creation of the State of Israel by many centuries. These contacts were multifaceted and more complex than those between the two modern states, Israel and the Republic of India. This chapter first reviews the historic significance of the Jews of India. Then, the chapter describes world Jewry’s decisive role in reaching out to India in the 20th century and advancing Indo-Israeli-Jewish links. This has become the most significant connection between the Jews of the world and India, and it only became possible in the 20th century once there were world Jewish, American Jewish and world Zionist organizations speaking on behalf of large numbers of Jews.