Indian Muslim leaders urge India to scale down ties with Israel
We, leaders of Indian Muslim organisations representing the large Indian Muslim community, are deeply pained and alarmed at the steadily growing Indo-Israeli relations. The latest episode comes in the shape of the visit of the Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs to Israel during which he has talked of cooperation against “international terrorism”, raising Indo-Israeli trade to $ 15 billion from the current $ 5 billion, allowing Israel to open a consulate in Bangalore, signing Extradition Treaty and announcing that soon a Free Trade Agreement too will be signed between the two countries. Reports say that a number of other Indian union ministers are in the wings to visit Israel.
We wish to say that while our External Affairs Minister seeks Israel’s cooperation to fight terrorism, Israel has become the biggest symbol of terrorism in the world. They have continuously executed countless terrorist operations in all parts of the world including killing Iranian, Iraqi and Egyptian scientists. Israel has been responsible for large-scale massacres in Sabra, Shatila, Jenin, Gaza, and many places of occupied Palestine.
We find it difficult to understand how India can ask Israel to cooperate in security while Israel is the fountainhead of terrorism in the Middle East? It is the Zionists who introduced terrorism to the Middle East with acts like blowing up Jerusalem’s King David Hotel which housed the British Government in Palestine (1946), murdering the British minister Lord Moyne in Cairo (1944) and the UN mediator Count Bernadotte in Jerusalem in 1948, or attacking American diplomatic offices in Egypt in 1954 with a view to blame the Egyptians for the same. Today it is the cause of terrorism by occupying Palestinian lands and homes, turning the Palestinians into a nation of refugees and continuously nibbling away even at the small chunks left of Palestine and building illegal settlements there while treating its Palestinian residents as caged animals and keeping the other part (Gaza Strip) under a most cruel siege since June 2007.