Despite lack of diplomatic relations, Pakistani Jew Fishel Khalid seeks special visa to enter Israel, saying in an open letter that since he can now legally travel to Israel, his dream is to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
By Erez Linn
Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani who has become famous for convincing authorities to recognize him as a Jew, appealed to the Israeli government on Sunday and asked for special permission to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
In a special interview with Israel Hayom, Khalid says that because his newly issued Pakistani passport states his religion as Judaism, all he has to do in order to visit Jerusalem is get Israel’s permission. Continue Reading »
Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani Jew, appeals to his government in an op-ed asking for valid passport to travel to Jerusalem, since Pakistani passports are restricted: “Valid for all countries except Israel.”
• In Khalid’s op-ed, he points out how travel ban to Israel violates his religious rights afforded in the Pakistani constitution.
Dan Lavie and Israel Hayom Staff
Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani Jew, is asking his government to allow him to travel to Israel
A Jewish man in Pakistan has appealed directly to local authorities to allow him to travel to Israel.
On Saturday, Fishel Khalid, who also goes by the name “Fishel Benkhald,” tweeted his request at senior government officials, along with images of his Pakistani passport showing his religion listed as Judaism and the specification that “this passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel.”
Khalid has said he wants to travel to Jerusalem for the Passover holiday in April. Continue Reading »
Not only is the IAF currently participating in a joint military exercise alongside the UAE, Pakistan and Spain, but next month Israeli pilots are to carry out a ‘first of its kind’ exercise in India.
The Israel Air Force is taking part in the ongoing Red Flag aerial exercise alongside UAE, Pakistan and Spain, a US military spokesperson told i24news, the first official confirmation of Pakistan and the UAE’s heavily rumored participation.
Israel & Pakistan could cooperate on the political & diplomatic levels. Both countries could pose as mediators. Pakistan can mediate between Israel & the Palestinians, whereas Israel can exert influence on India in the Indian-Pakistani dispute over Kashmir.
It’s hard to imagine a Muslim state that would be cordial to Israel. Pakistan is no exception. Last year, it promised to retaliate against Israel in the event of a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Then – during Israel’s recent operation in the Gaza Strip – Pakistan condemned the effort to curb Hamas rocket fire, calling on the United Nations’ Security Council to demand an immediate cessation of Israel’s military action. Continue Reading »