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Joint issue of postal stamps
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On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Israel, a set of two postal stamps were issued by the Departments of Posts of the two countries on November 5, 2012 in Tel Aviv at a colourful ceremony organized by the Embassy of India in Israel.The stamps were unveiled by Ms. Manjula Prasher, Secretary and Director General of India Post, H.E. Jaideep Sarkar, Ambassador of India to Israel, Mr. Sasi Shilo, Chairman, Israel Postal Company and Mr. Haim Elmoznino, President and CEO, Israel Postal Company and Yaron Razon Director, Israel Philatelic Service.The stamps depict festivals of lights, Deepavali in India and Hanukkah in Israel.

The Indian stamp shows a row of traditional earthen lamps or diyas, representing Deepavali and the Israeli one features a menorah with the word Zion inscribed inside a Magen David star.These limited edition stamps, designed by Indian artist Alka Sharma and Israeli artist Ronen Goldberg, will be available in Israel from November 5, 2012. The design of the menorah featured on the Hanukkah stamp is based on a photograph courtesy of Aylon Bhinjekar Samson. The joint issue of Postal Stamps was another important event in the calendar of 20th anniversary celebrations and celebrated the common traditions among the people of the two countries.

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