Roy Kaunds of the India Association of New Zealand participated in the ‘Celebrating Israel at 70’ Rally at Silo Park last Sunday. He affirmed his group’s solidarity with Israel. He relayed the history of India’s strong ties with Israel which went back 3,000 years to the time of Esther. Following the 70AD dispersal of Jews from Israel, Jewish communities became established in India where they thrived and never faced discrimination, as they did in other places. Kaunds related that Israel and India faced the same problems, same friends, same enemies, same issues and same aspirations. He stated that Israel is the only country that has acknowledged India’s contribution in World War One, with a monument in Haifa, and is the only country that has helped India deal with its problems with terrorism. He further stated:
We completely support the right of Israel to choose Jerusalem as its capital. Jerusalem was the capital of Israel 3,000 years ago and it should be the capital of Israel. All the stakeholders should continue to recognise the Jewish legitimacy to the land.
Ashley Church introduces Roy Kaunds of the India Association of New Zealand at ‘Celebrating Israel at 70’ Rally at Silo Park last Sunday.