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Gaza Calls! Day of Rage August 9th, Jantar Mantar, Delhi

August 7, 2014


The Apartheid Wall with which Israel has annexed almost half of the already Occupied West Bank

The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) calls on all Indians to join the Day of Rage on August 9, called by the International BDS Movement.

Join us at Jantar Mantar between 4 – 8 PM. 

InCACBI and the Palestine Solidarity Committee in India join the world in condemning Israel’s war on Gaza.

We also condemn the Indian government’s continuing military, trade, educational and cultural ties with Israel.

The war Israel is currently waging against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza is a continuation of its occupation and blockade of Gaza over many years; its violation of international laws; its apartheid policies and day-to-day violence against people in Gaza. It has become a truism that Gaza has for long been “an open air prison” for its men, women and children, making it impossible for them to live normal lives, leave alone move forward on the road to self determination.

The international community has responded to the mounting civilian death toll in Gaza with millions of people on the streets to demand that Israel stop its one-sided war.  In Berlin and other places, including Israel, Jewish people have joined protests. Palestinian protesters across France have defied a ban on demonstrations. The African National Congress has called on the Israeli ambassador to leave immediately. Latin American countries Brazil, Chile, Ecuador Peru and El Salvador have recalled ambassadors from Tel Aviv. Bolivian president Evo Morales has called Israel a “terrorist state” and revoked their visa exemption agreement. 21,000 noted individuals in London have demanded an immediate arms embargo on Israel. A major shift in international public opinion against Israel is taking place.

In India, citizens have protested against Israel’s actions, as well as the Indian government’s timid response to the ongoing carnage in Gaza. While citizens in Mumbai and other cities have called for a boycott of Israeli products, the Indian government is strengthening its relations with Israel, ignoring our call to stop military ties with Israel—one way in which India subsidises the occupation and violence in Gaza.

We ask you, as Indians of conscience, to

1. Demand that the Indian government respond to our call for a military embargo on Israel;

2. Boycott all direct and indirect collaborations with the Israeli state, and demand that the Indian government, Indian industry, media, educational and cultural institutions do the same;

3.  Build afresh our old association with Palestine, beginning with more education and cultural exchanges; and

4.  Share information with fellow Indians on the siege and destruction of Gaza.

End the Blockade/Siege on Gaza!

Tear down the Apartheid Walls in West Bank & Gaza!

End the Israeli collective punishment on the Palestinian people!

End the illegal Israeli Occupation of all of Palestine!

Right to Return to their homes and homeland for all Palestinians!

End all U.S. aid to Israel!

End India’s military ties with Israel!

Free Palestine!

The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI)

The Palestine Solidarity Committee in India

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Rudradaman Singh permalink
    August 7, 2014 10:45 AM

    India has to work its foreign relations with Israel on the basis of mutual interests. Breaking relations because of military action in Gaza, about which few Indians know and lesser care about, may not be wise. Israel is a valuable source of high tech and arms.

    • Siraj ansari permalink
      August 8, 2014 8:32 AM

      Does development of a country and it’s progress of its people is bound by arms and weaponry. Nations need infrastructure and facilities for livelihood and definitely not missiles and bullets for day to day survival. Israel is equipped with tech and arms by U.S. So develop relationship with America further but never support a Apartheid state which has introduced genocide after decades. Killing people for generations for sake of land and power.

  2. August 7, 2014 9:17 PM

    India used to have a principled policy as regards Palestine and Israel. Now it has totally abandoned it, especially with the rise of Hindutva,
    Hindu fanatics being admirers of both Hitler’s Final Solution and Israel’s horrendous pogroms against Muslims and Christians.

  3. August 8, 2014 8:21 AM

    Noam Chomsky:
    “It’s a hideous atrocity, sadistic, vicious, murderous, totally without any credible pretext. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call “mowing the lawn.” That means shooting fish in the pond, to make sure that the animals stay quiet in the cage that you’ve constructed for them, after which you go to a period of what’s called “ceasefire,” which means that Hamas observes the ceasefire, as Israel concedes, while Israel continues to violate it. Then it’s broken by an Israeli escalation, Hamas reaction. Then you have period of “mowing the lawn.”

    Chomsky (above) necessarily needed to be brief, but what we can’t miss is the NATURE of atrocities and their targets: women, children, civilians

  4. Somnath permalink
    August 8, 2014 3:33 PM

    Have the authors even bothered to check the veracity of what they are demanding? It would seem not..

    1. Demand that the Indian government respond to our call for a military embargo on Israel;

    >>> Really? India is in no place to place any “arms embargo” on Israel. Simply because India does not supply ANY weapons to Israel. Ergo, how do the authors propose we accomplish an embargo?

    Its the other way round, Israel is the second largest source of military resources (mostly software, not hardware) to India. Now, banning that would mean that our soldiers would be left without functioning computers in their aircraft, missiles in their ships and updated surveillance on the borders. How clever is that?!

    2. Boycott all direct and indirect collaborations with the Israeli state, and demand that the Indian government, Indian industry, media, educational and cultural institutions do the same;

    >>> Ok, which means breaking off relations with Technion, Ben Gurion University, Taro Pharmaceuticals (the largest producer of cheap generic drugs in the world). Replace with what? The Hamas school of technology?

    3. Build afresh our old association with Palestine, beginning with more education and cultural exchanges; and

    >>> What is an “exchange” with Palestine. Exchange denotes give and take. Palestinian students already have scholarships to DU and other places. Not sure any Indian kid is dying to go to Palestine to study!

    4. Share information with fellow Indians on the siege and destruction of Gaza.

    >>> The Indian and international media is showing a humungous amoutn of the war. Including an Indian channel showing how Hamas fires rockets from behind civilian quarters! Not sure anyone is stopping the news flow, which anyways cannot be done in the age of internet.

    Which brings me back to the question – what is it that the authors want?

  5. Ricky permalink
    August 8, 2014 9:28 PM

    Dear Nivedita
    I fully support the BDS movement against Israel. Israeli wanton atrocities deserve a fitting response globally by all fair and justice minded persons. I also notice that almost all major muslim organisations are supporting it.

    Now there are 55 muslim countries , a significant number of them are facing serious terrorism from Islamic extremists. As per an article in outlook : “Bashar al-Assad has killed over 180,000 Syrians, mostly Muslim, in two years — more than the number killed in Palestine in two decades. Thousands of Muslims in Iraq and Syria have been killed by ISIS in the last two months. Tens of thousands have been killed by the Taliban. Half a million black Muslims were killed by Arab Muslims in Sudan. The list goes on.”

    So my question is , why is there NO global movement among muslim countries for peace ?
    Why no global movement among the muslims countries, like BDS, against Islamic fundamentalism and against large scale mass murder of muslims by Islamic terrorism? Or is the Muslim rage against Israeli killings is because its Jews that are killing the muslims?

    If 2000 muslims die in Pakistan next month due to terrorism , I dont think globally muslims will come out in the streets and protest .

    Lastly , Israel can be rightly subjected to BDS but not Saudi Arabia and Iran. I wonder why ?

    • Nivedita Menon permalink*
      August 9, 2014 12:16 PM

      If there emerges a BDS movement against Saudi Arabia, Iran, US or India, we should judge each on its merits and decide whether to support it or not. I cannot say in advance that I will or will not support BDS against any regime, even if it is India, where I live, and which i call my country.
      Meanwhile, I support BDS against Israel.

  6. Nivedita Menon permalink*
    August 9, 2014 12:13 PM

    Your ignorance, arrogance and complete contempt for an ethical practice of politics are on par with one another, and amply in evidence on all the comments you have made on this issue on various posts.
    a) “India is in no place to place any “arms embargo” on Israel.”
    Embargo can also be an embargo on imports. Please try not to make a fool of yourself.
    b) Yes, quite simply, to breaking off relations with Technion and Ben Gurion University.
    You claim Taro Pharmaceuticals to be one the largest producer of cheap generic drugs in the world – it is one of the largest producers certainly (it happens to be an American company, by the way, with operations in Israel) but there is no evidence that it sells generic drugs cheaply. In fact generic drugs are sold at prohibitive costs by such companies.
    c) “Replace with Hamas School of technology”?
    Most of us live in a world in which the only choice is NOT between genocidal Israel and Islamic right-wing Hamas (whose rise to power has a lot to do with Israel propping it up to sideline Fatah. The early activities of Hamas included targeted attacks on left-wing and secular activists including those belonging to Fatah, and Israel, which liked to see PLO as a ‘terrorist organization’, actually played along with it – see Imagining Post-Zionist Futures)
    d) “Not sure any Indian kid is dying to go to Palestine to study!”
    I feel physically nauseous at your blinkered elitism. There are hundreds of Indian students who are not kids like you or yours, who would jump at a chance to live in Palestine for a while and that is a certainty.
    Why don’t you live where you live, lead your smugly comfortable existence, earn your dollars or Euros, leave us to our politics?

  7. avinashk1975 permalink
    August 9, 2014 8:55 PM

    @ walkerjay >>>Israel’s horrendous pogroms against Muslims and Christians>>> was it not the Muslims and Christians who had persecuted the Jews? India had supported Palestine so long as Yasar Arafat was in control. Though Indians have sympathy for the innocent children, women and old men being killed at Gaza, we cannot support #Hamas also. That is the predicament.

  8. Sayan permalink
    August 12, 2014 12:31 AM

    Here is Norman Finkelstein explaining his opposition to the BDS movement. This is a guy who literally gave his life to the cause of the Palestinians, and I think he makes some rather important points in this interview.

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