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BMC-I Chairman Attends 76th Independence Day Celebration with Israel Embassy

BMC-I chairman, Lalam, and Pastor Oomen of Operation Exodus.

(May 22, 2024) Following an invitation from the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, the BMC-I, chairman, Lalam Hangshing, attended Israel's 76th Independence Day celebration at the Grand Hotel, in the capital's neighborhood of Vasant Kunj. Hangshing breifly spoke with the ambassador, H. E. Mr. Naor Gilon who remarked that he remembered the meeting with him earlier. It was attended by about 400 people, diplomats, officials, including India's Foreign Secretary, Mr. Vinay M. Kwatra. Varieties of food, which covered every corner of the Indian peninsula, were served along with very noticeable Mediterranean picks. It was a sumptuous celebration, albeit a bit crowded, according to some sources. In attendance, too was Pastor Abe Thomas Oomen and his family, a long time supporter of Israel as well as the B'nei Menashe. Lalam and Pastor Oomen took time to have a conversation and pose for a photo. Pastor Oomen is the chairman of Operation Exodus. It may be recalled that following the covid19 and more recently the ethnic conflagration, it was Pastor Oomen and his organization, Operation Exodus who came to the aid of the B'nei Menashe bringing food, relief and even clothing and hygiene. The ceremony was also marked by the solemn remembrance of the 130 hostages still held in Gaza by Hamas. Good relationships, trade and affinity for Israel made the ceremony a success on a grand scale.

India's Foreign Secretary, Mr. Vinay M. Kwatra and Israel's ambassador, Naor Gilon at the celebration.



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