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Israel Ties Anger India Muslims

Published: 15/01/2012 01:37:26 PM GMT
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BANGALORE - A growing cooperation between India's ruling Congress government and Israel, including the opening of an Israeli embassy in Bangalore, is s (more)

BANGALORE - A growing cooperation between India's ruling Congress government and Israel, including the opening of an Israeli embassy in Bangalore, is sending shockwaves across the country's Muslim political and religious groups.

“It is pertinent to note that increasing cooperation between New Delhi and Tel Aviv makes India's stand on Palestine imbroglio a farce,” Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI) said in a statement on Friday, January 13 cited by the Two Circles website.

The fury erupted following a visit by India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to Israel recently where he described Israel and India as natural allies and said that both the countries were facing international terrorism.

During the visit, the Congress-led UPA Government agreed to grant Israel permission to open a Consulate in Bangalore.

Angered by the move, SDPI national president E. Aboobacker and general secretary A. Sayeed issued a joint statement condemning the Union Government's move.

“India seeking to forge a joint strategy with Israel to deal with the scourge of terrorism is a big joke as the latter over nine decades has been massacring unarmed Palestinians, including women and children, with impunity.”

Aboobacker added that the decision contradicts with India's position towards the Palestinian cause, recalling Mahatma Gandhi's statement in 1946 when he denounced Jews decision to build their country on the rubbles of Palestine.

A founder of the Non-Alignment Movement, India had been a staunch supporter to Arab issues.

But with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Indian-Israeli relations have seen a U-turn.

In 1992, full diplomatic relations were set up between the two countries and since then bilateral relations have grown exceedingly.


The new India-Israel ties cooperation was also condemned by Indian Union Muslim League as a betrayal to Palestinians.

“This is travesty of justice because what Israel was facing is an struggle of Palestinians to free their own country from the illegal occupation of Israel; this cannot be equated with terrorism,” League's chief Prof. Basir Ahmed Khan said.

The timing of the visit came amid settler attacks on mosques in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Other Muslim groups in India pointed fingers at Israel Mossad agents for being responsible for inciting troubles among the country's Muslims and Hindus.

They referred to press reports which blamed the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai on saffron forces with the help of Mossad.

“It amounts to mere mockery because Israel is by itself a fountain head of terrorism globally. E. M. Abdul Rahiman, Chairman of Popular Front of India, said in a statement.

Rahiman also condemned UPA Government for signing a pact with Israel to forge anti-terror activity.  

“Unfortunately, our government is acting as a tool to implement the aggressive policies of USA and its close ally Israel. Also Popular Front views the India-Israel joint decision to open Israel's consulate in Bangalore, as a threat to our national interests,” he said.

“It will be a catalyst to the communal and terrorist agenda of the Hindutva fascist outfits, particularly in Karnataka state which is already in their grip.”

There are some 140 million Muslims in Hindu-majority India, the world's third-largest Muslim population after those of Indonesia and Pakistan.

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