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ASHKELON, ISRAEL, April 22, 2001: Over 30,000 Israelis gathered last week for four days at Nitzanim beach on the Mediterranean to celebrate "Boombamela," a festival modeled loosely on the Kumbha Mela. As well, it appears to have a connection with dance "raves." The organizers said they were inspired by Kumbha Mela and started the event in Israel three years ago. Many of the visitors at the festival have been to India or are planning to visit. ''The New Age festivals are finding increasing takers in this country, reflecting the trend among Israelis to seek escape from the inevitable cycle of violence they see in this land,'' said a professor of Tel Aviv University. Searching for essence of life in esoteric and mystical philosophies, a number of Israelis get attracted to Indian philosophy and spiritualism like that of Tantra Buddhism and Shirdi Sai Baba. Over 25,000 Israelis visit India every year.