Goodwill oozes in Uzbekistan

Among the few Muslim countries that are friendly to Israel, Uzbekistan holds a special place, thanks to its historical connection with Jews of Bucharan and Ashkenazi origin.

That was more than evident when an Israeli delegation of musicians recently attended the 10th annual international folk music festival Sharq Taronalari in Samarkand.

Joining participants from 67 countries, the Israeli contingent at the five-day event consisted of Kurdish singer Ilana Eliya and the four-member Ensemble Aram (Haim Itzhak, Rali Margalit, Elad Kimchi and Idan Elmalem).


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