Indians including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are holding massive anti-Israel protest rallies accross the country - from Hyderabad, Bengal, Mumbai to the occupied Jammu and Kashmir Valley. In each case, the pro-Israel Narendra Modi government has applied police or military force to disperse the peaceful demonstrations by using bullets, tear gas, water guns and pepper spray. One teenage boy was killed in the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir when the Indian army opened fire on the demonstrators.
The protest rallies were held across India on Sunday against continuing Israeli onslaught on Gaza by the rights groups, political parties and Muslim groups expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. From Delhi to Mumbai, from New Delhi to Srinagar and from Hyderabad to Bangalore, popular protests were held in several parts of the country including outside Israeli Embassy and consulates.
The hatred of Muslims works as glue to unite Modi’s supporters and Israeli Jews. Last year, India’s Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, had blamed India’s two major opposition partis (currently the ruling parties), Bharatia Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for promoting “Hindu terrorism” though their training camps which teach Hindus hatred toward Muslim, Christian and Sikh minorities.
A survey conducted by Israeli foreign ministry in 2009, put India’s population (58%) being supportive (56%) of the Zionist entity followed by United States (54%).
On July 22, 2014, Indian-born American professor Tithi Bhattacharya in an article, entitled ‘Mr. Modi – do not court apartheid Israel in my name’, published in Jewish website Mondoweiss, asked New Delhi to support Palestinian cause as Gandhi and Pandit Nehru did.
“Both India and Israel as nation-states were born a year apart from each other, but under radically different circumstances. In 1947 India gained her independence from two hundred years of British rule through a massive anti-colonial movement of ordinary people. The state of Israel was born in 1948 through the organized ethnic cleansing of 531 Palestinian villages, which forced 750,000 Palestinians into exile and more than 13,000 Palestinians dead with Britain playing midwife to this process,” Bhattacharya said.
“Thus, when the UN General Assembly voted on the Partition of Palestine in 1947, the newly born nation-state of India proudly voted against it. Vijay Lakshmi Pandit was the Indian ambassador to the UN. It was not coincidental that she was also one of the first women to become an UN Delegate and imprisoned several times by the British, a veteran of many street fights against colonial rule,” Bhattacharya said.
“In India these were the Hindu nationalists who had earned their political colors through virulent anti-Muslim propaganda and violent anti-Muslim riots. Their leader V. R. Savarkar, a founder figure for the present day BJP and RSS, was noted for his admiration of Adolph Hitler, his incitement towards pogroms against Muslims and—his admiration and support for Israel. Indeed, his latter day admirers have correctly identified him as the “Hindu counterpart of a Zionist” for Savarkar from the very start “defined the Hindus as a nation attached to a motherland, rather than as a religious community,” Bhattacharya said.
Many military analysts believe that Israel has created conflicts with Palestinians and other Arab neighboring countries as a testing ground for its arms industry. India accounts for 50% of Israel’s arms export. The other major Israeli clients include Brazil, Chile and Burma. Israel receives$3 billion per year in military aid from United States and the European Union has donated tens of millions dollars towards Israel’s arm research.
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