Ghana–Israel relations

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Ghana–Israel relations
Map indicating locations of Ghana and Israel

Ghana

Israel

Ghana–Israel relations refers to the current and historical relationship between Ghana and Israel. Ghana has an embassy in Ramat Gan, Israel[1] and Israel has an embassy in Ghana.[2]

History[edit]

In April 1959, Israel, with help from India, supervised the establishment of the Ghana Air Force. A small Israeli team also trained aircraft maintenance personnel and radio technicians at the Accra-based Air Force Trade Training School. Although the British persuaded Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah to withdraw Israeli advisers in 1960, Ghanaian pilots continued to receive some training at aviation schools in Israel. After Nkrumah's overthrow, Israeli military activities in Ghana ended.[3]

House of Israel[edit]

The House of Israel is a Jewish community in Ghana which claims to have roots in the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel.

Sport[edit]

In a match against the Czech Republich, Ghana's John Paintsil pulled out an Israeli flag and waived it after scoring a goal. Paintsil, who was one of three Ghanaian football players in the World Cup based in Israel, played at the time for Hapoel Tel Aviv. He later explained that he only sought to please the Israeli supporters who traveled to support him and did not intend to make a political statement for or against the Israeli government. He was criticized for not waiving Ghana's flag by commentators in his home country.[4]

Trade[edit]

In October 2004, a four day Israeli trade fair titled "Applicable Technologies Fair 2004" occurred in Accra, Ghana. Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry Alan John Kyerematen urged investors to undertake mutual investments including in irrigation and agriculture.[5]

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