Israeli onslaughts force Indian people, irrespective of religion, took to streets: Report

New Delhi, July 18, IRNA – As the Israeli aggression continued in Gaza, the outrage of Indian people, irrespective of age, gender and religion, continued across India.

Indian Parliament has also witnessed uproar as the Government was reluctant to have debate on Gaza situation.

Under the banner of, religious organizations, civil societies, NGOs and student organization, tens of thousands of people, including women and children, from Delhi to Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bihar, Kashmir, etc, continued protest, outside the Israeli Embassy and Consulates, denouncing the invasion of Gaza by the Israeli forces and expressed solidarity with the defenseless Palestinians, trapped in the tiny stip of land. Carrying banners and play cards, depicting slogans against Israel, UN, US, they are drawing the attention of every passerby, against the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli Regime, encouraged by the world body’s silence and backed by the Obama administration.

Israeli onslaught on innocent Palestinians in Gaza, since launched on July 8, have killed around 280 Palestinians so far, including women and children. While nearing 2000 have also been wouned.

Terming the mercilessly killing of innocent people by the Israeli forces a flagrant violation of international human rights, the protestors, led by Speakers, including political leaders, religious scholars and academicians, raising their voices against the persecution of Palestinians.

Expressing distress over the criminal silence of international community, the protestors slammed the big powers, who have been playing hide and seek to avoid this serious human rights issue.

The speakers urged the Indian government to cut down diplomatic ties and suspension of all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel. They called for the immediate international protection of the civilians of Gaza, trials for war crimes against Israeli leaders and boycott of Israeli products.

Meanwhile, Thousands of Muslims organized a ‘candle light’ rally in Textile town Malegaon in Maharashtra and expressed their concerns for Palestinian people and anger against Israel and western countries supporting it in killing of Palestine people.

The candle light march was attended by many people including people of 80 years old along with children of 2 years old holding candle in their hands, raising slogans in support of free Palestine and woe to Israel and America.

Beside the people, who were expressing their outrage and anguish on streets of Indian cities, political parties including Indian National Congress, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Janta Dal United, Communisty Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, were on their foot in both the houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) of Parliament, asking Government to have debate on Gaza situation and issue the resolution against the menace. Witnessing that the Government was reluctant, the opposition parties locked the horns with the Government and washed out the proceedings.

E. Ahamed, former Minister of State External Affairs in UPA Government raising the issue of aggression in Gaza, Palestine during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday urged the Lower House to condemn the attack by Israel.

He has said “India has a responsibility. India has always been standing behind the Palestinian people. India has traditionally been supporting the Palestinian people. Right from the time of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, we have been supporting the Palestinian people. This human rights violation should be stopped.”

Meanwhile, accusing the government of refusing to have a discussion in Rajya Sabha over the Israeli attacks in the Gaza strip, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) Thursday said the BJP was “bending over backwards” to please Israel and the US by filibustering a debate on the issue.

”The only reason for the government to adopt such an attitude is that the BJP does not want to displease Israel and the US due to its political affinity with them. It is rather bending over backwards to please them,ˈ senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told a press conference here.

Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had signed a resolution at the BRICS Summit condemning the attacks, he said “we see no reason why the government is stopping the debate”.

The Government faced an embarrassing situation in the House. Yielding to Opposition demand, Government of India agreed for a discussion in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) on Gaza situation on Monday, July 21.

Meanwhile, the newly emerged Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed the Central Government for resisting a debate in Parliament. Slamming the Central Government for resisting a debate in Parliament on the Gaza situation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that its silence has lowered the country’s standing in the international community.