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November 24, 2015 2:17 pm

Report: Despite Spike in Terrorism, Sharp Increase in Indian Tourism to Israel

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The Indian and Israeli flags. Photo: India Israel Activists United Facebook page.

The Indian and Israeli flags. Photo: India Israel Activists United Facebook page.

Despite the ongoing wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis, the month of October experienced a 44 percent growth in tourism from India.

According to the Indian Economic Times, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism reported the steep spike in Indian tourism to Israel in October 2015, compared with the same period the year before. The Tourism Ministry now even provides an Indian English-language option on its website, from among a handful of nations.

“Israel is a blend of history, tradition and modern cosmopolitan experience. The destination offers tourism aspects for all kind of age groups and this is evident from the latest increase in Indian arrivals,” Hassan Madah, director of Israel’s Tourism Ministry India division said in a press statement, according to the Times

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Israel and India have enjoyed a closer relationship since the election of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee became the first Indian head of state to visit Israel, also in October, and condemned all acts of terrorism amid the current surge in violence against Israelis that has killed more than 20 in the Jewish state including three US citizens.

Modi will reportedly visit Israel next year.

Overall tourist arrivals to Israel have increased by 5% in October 2015, over the same period last year, according to the Times.

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  • Florres

    Chicago still has 10 times the murders.

  • Aryaputra

    Israel our friend.we should go there.

  • brenrod

    as India is the home of the largest number of muslims in a nation Israel should beware of Indian muslim terrorists arriving as tourists

  • Jonah

    God works in mysterious ways. While the west is always angling with Islam trying to find another way to stab you in the back….Israel has found new friends.

  • As the indian christians are provided subsidy by state governments like tamil nadu to visit israel efforts should be made to bring indian muslims also to al aqsa mosque. then the palestininan claim that it is they who protect Al aqsa will come to an end

  • wsg

    What’s an “Indian English-language option”?
    Is there an American English-language option and a British English-language option and an Australian English-language option or for that matter, a Pakastani or Chinese English-language option?

    What are the differences between them all?

    • Harry

      I am an Indian living in the UK, I have noticed some differences between standard (or
      Queen’s) English and as it is used in India. The most prominent is the use of ‘na’ at the end of a question; there are some structural differences as well as the use of a few words unheard of in England.

      Carribean English has a lot of stylistic and vocabulary differences. American English, as is well known, has spelling differences together with different words.

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