New Delhi, Jun 5: Protesting against the May 30 assault launched by Israel targeting an aid ship on its to Gaza, in which nine activists were killed, several Muslim organisations have urged the Indian government to cut all ties with Israel.
"We demand an end to the trade and military ties between India and Israel. We should not buy Israeli arms and ammunition neither should we trade anything with the terrorist state," said Mujtaba Farooqi, secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
Speaking on the same lines, the president of Muslim Political Council of India Tasleem Rahmani said, "The Indian government should change its foreign policy and adopt the policy of Gandhi and Nehru which was sympathetic to the Palestine cause."
A protest march was held on Friday, Jun 4, that started from India Gate and headed towards the Israeli embassy on Aurangzeb Rpad, but the police stopped the march at the adjacent Shahjahan Road.
As many as 1,000 people took part in the march demanding not only that India should cut ties with the 'terrorist state', but also seeking action against Israel for human rights violation and war crimes. The protesters submitted a memorandum at the Prime Minister's Office and the local office of the United Nations.
"We organised this march to acquaint the country's civil society about the assault by Israeli forces on aid ships which were carrying humanitarian aid and peace workers, including 700 prominent citizens, parliamentarians and a Nobel laureate from around 50 countries," coordinator of the march SQR Ilyas said.