Indian Jews of Israel Launch their First Political Party

BEERSHEVA: Indian Jews who have migrated to Israel over the years are for the first time attempting to try their luck at the hustings.

They have launched a political party -Shivtei Israel (Yachad), in this southern Israeli city to contest the forthcoming municipal elections.

They aim to win votes by focusing on issues related to the community, including a demand for a proper cricket ground for its youngsters.

"Indian presence in local politics has been minimal with me alone in the municipal council for the last five years. I have been pushing for such an initiative as we have the adequate strength to be heard on our own," Abraham Nagaonkar, who heads the party list, said.

"The community has shown a great deal of enthusiasm for the idea," he said.

More than 5,000 Indians have registered as party members, out of a total of about 10,000, in the city amid efforts by party leaders to muster support of other fringe groups comprising Moroccans, Tunisians and Ethiopian Jews.

Source: The Times of India

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