Protestors demand India should cut off ties with Israel

By Rehan Ansari,

Mumbai: “India should cut off all its relations, diplomatic or otherwise, with Israel and a case must be registered against it in the International court of justice,” said Aslam Gazi, Spokeperson, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, during a Protest near Churchgate Railway station in South Mumbai on Thursday. The protest was jointly organized by CPI-ML, Bharat Bacho Andolan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and SIO.

The protest was against recent Israeli attack on one of the aid ships sailing with tons of food and medicines for the besieged citizens of Gaza. Israel Killed 19 unarmed and innocent aid workers in the attack. Along with European parliamentarian and Nobel Laureate, peace activists from all over the world were travelling with the Free Gaza flotilla.

Elders and children were holding banners and were shouting slogans to boycott Israel and free Gaza. Kishore Jagtap of Bharat Bachao Andolan had issued a press release and demanded that the world should boycott Israel which is guilty of killing unarmed women, children and farmers. “Israeli hegemony must stop here and now,” he said in the statement.

The protesters claimed that they are also planning to intensify this remonstration and are planning to hold public meetings all over Mumbai. “We are going to lodge our protest with the Israeli Consulate in Mumbai and will be holding public awareness meeting about the issue” Sanjay Sanghvi, member Central Committee CPI(ML) added.

K.K. Suhail, all India President of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), also condemned the violence and urged the international community to pressurise Israel to stop all its “inhuman Practices which are barbaric and brutal.” He also appealed to the world leaders to take active part in rebuilding war affected Gaza.

Mumbai protest is a part of a series of protests happening all over the world against the brutal Israeli act. Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in a statement urged its members to protest against Israel, all over India on Friday.

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