Israel–Papua New Guinea relations

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Israel–Papua New Guinea relations
Map indicating locations of Papua New Guinea and Israel

Papua New Guinea


Israel–Papua New Guinea relations are diplomatic and other relations between the State of Israel and Papua New Guinea, Israel has a non-resident ambassador in Jerusalem. While Papua New Guinea does not have an embassy in Israel, it has an honorary consul, Ya'akov Weiss, based in Ramat HaSharon, with jurisdiction over the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area region.


In November 2012, the government Abstentions from voting Papua New Guinea on United Nations General Assembly resolution 67/19.

In October 2013 Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill, Planted a tree in Jerusalem, during the visit O'Neill stated: "Planting a tree symbolizes that the world has a future and that we all have life."[1][2]

Cultural relations[edit]

There are claims that the Gogodala people in Western Province of Papua New Guinea are the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel.[3] The claims have been analysed by Florida International University religious studies professor Tudor Parfitt.

The Huli culture of Hela people in Papua New Guinea is also reportedly similar to Jewish culture.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Papua New Guinea PM Plants a Tree in Jerusalem". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Plants a Tree in Jerusalem". Jewish National Fund. Retrieved 20 October 2013. This is a moving day for us all. It's heartening to see how the State of Israel is growing and flourishing, and we are grateful for having been given the opportunity to share and participate in this. 
  3. ^ "'Lost tribe of Israel' found in Papua New Guinea?". Israel Hayom. Retrieved 24 May 2011. Scholar known as "British Indiana Jones," Florida International University religious studies professor Tudor Parfitt: "The Gogodala wear yarmulkes [kippot] and prayer shawls. They've started celebrating Jewish holidays and they are using more Hebrew." 

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