World Politics

Public Statement on Palestine by Concerned Indians

 

           Around 260 Indian citizens signed the statement calling on the Government of India to de-recognise the state of Israel, identifying it as an Apartheid state. They also called upon all Indians, as individuals, as civil society organisations, trade unions etc., to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction of the Israeli state and all its allied institutions. Finally, they declared their solidarity with the Palestinian people whose Right to Political Self-determination and Right of Return must be respected and fulfilled .


The signatories included Javed Anand, Vrinda Grover, Nivedita Menon, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, Teesta Setalwad, Anuradha Talwar, Dipankar Bhattacharya, Feroz Mithiborwala, Prabhat Patnaik, Utsa Patnaik, Zoya Hasan, Ammu Abraham, Harbans Mukhia, Mihir Desai, Anand Patwardhan, Admiral L. Ramdas, Soma Marik, Kamayani Bali Mahabal, and Sumanta Banerjee. The statement and full list of signatories is attached herewith is relased for public circulation.

Achin Vanaik and Kunal Chattopadhyay
(On behalf of the initiators and signatories)

 

In the wake of the latest round of brutalities by Israel on Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem we call upon progressives in India to take a clear stand, and declare to the people that enough is enough! We demand nothing less than the complete de-recognition of Israel by this and all future Indian governments as long as it is a  Zionist apartheid state which denies the right of self-determination and the right of return to the Palestinian people. This means the complete severing and cessation of all diplomatic, political, military, economic relationship with Israeli government. Twenty one countries have never recognized Israel while seven countries which had recognized it, subsequently withdrew this recognition. Two of the countries to do so, namely Cuba (in 1973) and Venezuela (in 2009), have a stated commitment to socialism.

            We also appeal to individuals, institutions, civil society organisations, trade unions, academics, artistes, etc. to respect and follow the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of the Israeli government and all its allied institutions.

            In the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) there is a formal definition of Apartheid that is based on a set of "crimes" which are listed separately as well as based on the Covenant Against Racial Discrimination. The essential content of that definition can be presented as follows: "Apartheid exists when you have on one territory, one power controlling that territory and you have two different legal systems which are applicable to two groups of different people based on their race  and ethnicity, for the goal of domination of one group over the other." Human Rights Watch and even the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, now recognize and speak of it openly as an apartheid state!

            Consider this: Israel is not only guilty of carrying out (through extreme forms of overt and covert violence) the longest running illegal military occupation of modern history but continues to carry out a "creeping colonization' in the West Bank. Golan Heights and a part of Lebanon is under its control while Gaza remains the world's largest open-air prison. Zionist Israel is the only state in the world that is NOT a state of its own citizens but is a state of the Jewish people who everywhere have full rights denied to non-Jews in the territories controlled by Israel itself. This means that like apartheid South Africa---which the Indian government never recognized---Israel is an inherently racist and apartheid state.

We the Undersigned:

* Completely reject all racist ideologies and therefore Zionism.

* Call upon the Indian government to completely de-recognize Israel forthwith.

*Declare our solidarity with the Palestinian people whose Right to political Self-determination and Right of Return must be respected and fulfilled.

 

1.     Javed Anand

Mumbai

2.     Tapan Bose

New Delhi

3.     Swapan K Chakravorty

Kolkata

4.     Neera Chandoke

New Delhi

5.     Kunal Chattopadhyay

Kolkata

6.     Ipshita Chanda

Hyderabad

7.     Mihir Desai

Mumbai

8.     Sandhya Gokhale

Mumbai

9.     Arjun Gourisaria

Kolkata

10.  Vrinda Grover

New Delhi

11.  Rita Manchanda

New Delhi

12.  Soma Marik

Kolkata

13.  Nivedita Menon

New Delhi

14.  Ritu Menon

New Delhi

15.  Feroze Mithiborwala

Mumbai

16.  Peggy Mohan

New Delhi

17.  Sukumar Muralidharan

New Delhi

18.  Vibhuti Patel

Mumbai

19.  Sumit Sarkar

New Delhi

20.  Tanika Sarkar

New Delhi

21.  Teesta Setalvad

Mumbai

22.  Navsharan Singh

Noida

23.  Atul Sood

Noida

24.   Anuradha Talwar

 Badu, West Bengal

25.   Achin Vanaik

New Delhi

26.  Aashita Dawer

New Delhi

27.  Ritajyoti

Mohali, India

28.  Maroona Murmu

Kolkata

29.  Suchetana Banerjee

Pune

30.  Arun Khote

Lucknow

31.  Abhijit Roy

Kolkata

32.  Noor Ahmad Baba

Srinagar

33.  Hartman de Souza

Pune

34.  Anusha Ravishankar

Ahmedabad

35.  Rama Melkote ,prof. Retd. Osmania university

Hyderabad, Telangana State

36.  Amir Rizvi

Mumbai

37.  Shalini Dhawan

Mumbai

38.  Professor Mohammad Javed

Mumbai

39.  Dr. Almas Kabir

Mumbai

40.  Amit Bhaduri

Delhi

41.  Persis Ginwalla

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

42.  Ayesha Khan

Bombay

43.  Wandana Sonalkar

Navi Mumbai

44.  Kranti L C

Mumbai

45.  Alya Rizvi

Gurugram

46.  Dr Lubna Sarwath

Hyderabad India

47.  Sudhanva Deshpande

New Delhi

48.  Padma Velaskar

Mumbai

49.  Sania Hashmi

Delhi

50.  Ashok Tiwari

New Delhi

51.  Tarun Kanti Bose

NEW DELHI

52.  Arundhati Dhuru

Lucknow UP

53.  Sandeep Pandey

Lucknow UP

54.  Jalindar Adsule

Dhule, Maharastra

55.  Vinutha Mallya

Bangalore

56.  Partha Chatterjee

Kolkata

57.  Amitadyuti Kumar

West Bengal

58.  E.V.Ramakrishnan

Kannur, Kerala

59.  Gautam Mody

New Delhi

60.  Usman Rafiq

Aurangabad

61.  Dunu Roy

Delhi/New Delhi/South

62.  Revati Laul

Shamli, Uttar Pradesh

63.  . Professor K.M.SHRIMALI, Retd., University of Delhi

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64.  Nandini Sundar

Delhi

65.  Geetanjali Shree

Delhi

66.  Ali Asghar

Hyderabad

67.  Ravi Nitesh

Lucknow, U.P.

68.  M. Sreekumar

Kerala

69.  Asiskusum Ghosh

Kolkata

70.  Vijay Kumar Kalia

Delhi

71.  Prabhat Patnaik

New Delhi

72.  Utsa Patnaik

New Delhi

73.  Sudha Vasan

New Delhi

74.  Pamela Philipose

New Delhi

75.  Amit Bhattacharyya

Kolkata, India

76.  Renu Khanna

Vadodara

77.  Uma V Chandru

Bangalore, Karnataka

78.  Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Kolkata

79.  Walter Fernandes

Assam, Guwahati, Kamrup Metro district

80.  Prafulla Samantara

Bhubaneswar,Odisha

81.  Anu Chenoy

New Delhi

82.  Apeksha Vora

Mumbai

83.  Sushil Khanna

Kolkata

84.  Rajashri Dasgupta

Kolkata

85.  Mritiunjoy Mohanty

Kolkata

86.  Vasavi Kiro

Jharkhand,Ranchi,Ranchi

87.  Prabir Purkayastha

New Delhi

88.  Rajeev Bhargava

Delhi

89.  Jyothi Krishnan

Trivandrum

90.  Githa Hariharan

Delhi

91.  Abey George

Trivandrum

92.  Zoya Hasan

Delhi

93.  Ammu Abraham

Maharashtra, Mumbai, Greater Mumbai

94.  Pankaj Butalia

New Delhi

95.  Vivek Sundara

Mumbai

96.  Mohan Rao

Bangalore

97.  Pradip Kumar Datta

New Delhi

98.  Mrinmoy Pramanick

KOLKATA

99.  Vincent Manoharan

Tamilnadu - Madurai - Madurai

100.                Vithal Rajan

Ketti, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

101.                Taskeen Aga

Mumbai

102.                Chakradhar Rao, K.

Hyderabad, Telangana

103.                Rabin Chakraborty

India, Kolkata, West Bengal

104.                Sujata Patel

Pune

105.                Sagar Dhara

Hyderabad

106.                Debal Deb

Kolkata

107.                Mita Dutta

Kolkata

108.                Partha Majumder

Barrackpore

109.                Dr. Richard Devadoss

Chennai, Tamilnadu

110.                Harbans Mukhia

Gurgaon

111.                Vincent Rajkumar

Bangalore

112.                Ammu Joseph

Bangalore

113.                Shubhra Chaturvedi

New Delhi

114.                Swatija Manorama

Thane

115.                Pushpamala N

Bangalore

116.                Bobby Kunhu

Punnayur

117.                Manas Das

Assam

118.                Dilly Naidoo

KwaZulu Natal, Durban

119.                Vidya Dinker

Mangalore

120.                Sankar Ray,veteran journalist

Calcutta,West Bengal

121.                Arup Baisya

Assam

122.                Sushanta Kar

Tinsukia, Assam

123.                Ayesha Kidwai

New Delhi

124.                Sameera Iyengar

Mumbai

125.                Wilfred Dcosta

New Delhi

126.                Subhash Mendhapurkar

Jagjit Nagar Solan Himachal Pradesh

127.                Sandip K Luis

New Delhi

128.                Shaukat Zaman Ansari

Kamptee,Nagpur

129.                Dhruv Raina

New Delhi

130.                Prafulla Samantara

Bhubaneswar,Odisha

131.                Sadanand Menon

Tamil Nadu, Chennai

132.                Sucharita Sen

New Delhi

133.                Hiren Gandhi

AHMEDABAD

134.                Saroop Dhruv

AHMEDABAD

135.                Gita Jayaraj

Chennai

136.                Antara Dev Sen

Delhi

137.                Pratik Kanjilal

Delhi

138.                NS Madhavan

Kochi

139.                Mithilesh Kumar Jha

Guwahati, Assam

140.                Goutam Kumar Bose

Jharkhand/Jamshedpur/East Singhbhum

141.                K.P. Sasi

Bangalore

142.                Sandeep Pandey

Lucknow, U.P.

143.                firoz

delhi

144.                Prasad V

Trivandrum

145.                Ajith Pillai

New Delhi

146.                Rev. E. Immanuel Nehemiah

Karnataka, Bangalore

147.                Ashok Shrimali

Ahmedabad

148.                Usha Rai,

Gurugram 122017, Haryana

149.                Dulal Sen

Assam Guwahati Kamrup

150.                Ekabali Ghosh

Kolkata

151.                Arun Kumar

Gurgaon

152.                Nandini Manjrekar

Mumbai

153.                Meena Gopal

Bombay

154.                Ashish Kothari

Pune, Maharashtra

155.                Farida khan

Delhi

156.                Anand Patwardhan

Maharashtra

157.                abha bhaiya

Himachal Pradesh, dharmashala, Kangra

158.                Zoya Hasan

Delhi

159.                Sonia Jabbar

Darjeeling District

160.                Gautam Gupta

Kolkata, West Bengal

161.                Akhtar Ehtisham

New York, USA

162.                Vijay Prashad

LeftWord Books.

163.                Rushda

New Delhi

164.                Zoha

Florida/Boca Raton/West Palm Beach

165.                Dipankar Bhattacharya

New Delhi

166.                Sukla Sen

Mumbai

167.                Preeti Mehra

New Delhi

168.                Prabhat Kumar

Delhi

169.                Sarwar khan

Pune, Maharastra

170.                Tariq Islam

Uttar Pradesh/Aligarh/Aligarh

171.                Manoj T Sarang

Kerala / Thalassery / Kannur

172.                Annie Raja

Delhi, New Delhi

173.                Neha Naqvi

New Delhi

174.                Gauhar Raza

New Delhi

175.                Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

Chennai

176.                Arun Mitra

Ludhiana Punjab

177.                Anand Swaroop Verma

U P/Noida/Gautam Buddha Nagar

178.                N. Paul Divakar

Delhi

179.                Adv.Anastasia Gill

Delhi

180.                Vimal Bhanot

Rajasthan /Pilani/Jhunjhnu

181.                PK Sarkar

Bengal/ Bankura

182.                Suneeta Dhar

New Delhi

183.                Sagari Ramdas

Telangana

184.                Kalyani Menon Sen

Gurgaon, Haryana

185.                Nityanand Jayaraman

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

186.                Sanjiv Shah

Ahmedabad

187.                Arundhati Dhuru

Lucknow

188.                Sandeep Pandey

Lucknow

189.                Indira Chandrasekhar

New Delhi

190.                Aban Raza

Delhi

191.                A. Mangai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu

192.                Deepshikha Shahi

New Delhi

193.                Pallab Sengupta

New Delhi

194.                Ahmar Raza

New Delhi

195.                Arushi Vats

New Delhi

196.                Partho Sarothi Ray

Kolkata

197.                Nandita Narain

Delhi

198.                Sanjay Kumar

Delhi

199.                SR Darapuri I.P.S.(Retd)

U.P. Lucknow

200.                Satwik Raj

Jharkhand

201.                Nuzhat Kazmi

Delhi

202.                Kamal Chenoy

new delhi

203.                Siraj Kazmi

U.P/Allahabad

204.                Rafeeq Ellias

Mumbai

205.                Nikhat Fatima

Hyderabad

206.                Amitava Chakraborty

Delhi

207.                John Dayal

Delhi

208.                Karen Gabriel

Delhi

209.                Latha Jishnu

Delhi

210.                Atul Bhardwaj

New Delhi

211.                Pallavi Sobti Rajpal

Ahmedabad

212.                Khursheed Ahmed

Canada

213.                Admiral L. Ramdas

Alibagh

214.                Lalita Ramdas

Alibagh

215.                Imrana Qadeer

New Delhi

216.                Vivan Sundaram

New Delhi

217.                Aatika Singh

New Delhi

218.                Mritiunjoy Mohanty

Kolkata, West Bengal

219.                Neshat Quaiser

Delhi

220.                Faraz Ahmad

Delhi

221.                Dr Asha Saxena Ahmad

Delhi

222.                Samir Faraz

Delhi

223.                Nidhi Singh

Delhi

224.                Shweta Damle

Mumbai

225.                Kamayani Bali Mahabal

Mumbai

226.                Chayanika Shah

Mumbai

227.                Avishek Konar

Sonipat, Haryana

228.                Komal Mohite

Mumbai

229.                N.D.Jayaprakash1

Delhi

230.                Ranjan Solomon

Salcete, Goa

231.                Badayl

Salcete Goa

232.                Roselle

Goa

233.                Leila Passah

Karnataka, Bangalore

234.                Bittu K R

Sonipat Haryana

235.                Shailesh joshi

Mumbai

236.                कामाक्षीभाटे

Mumbai

237.                अद्वैतपेडणेकर

मुंबई

238.                गुरुनाथपेडणेकर

मुंबई

239.                प्रमोदमुजुमदार

पुणे

240.                Ahsan

Solapur

241.                Renuka Kad

Aurangabad

242.                Yusuf Hajarat Bennur

Hubballi ,Karnataka

243.                नितीनसामंत

डोंबिवली

244.                विदुलारमाबाई

बेंगळुरू

245.                Shafique Qazi

Solapur

246.                Arshad Shaikh

Navi Mumbai

247.                उज्ज्वलामेहेंदळे

पुणे

248.                Sandhya Mhatre

Mumbai

249.                दिलीपजोशी

ठाणे

250.                Ramesh Sawant

Mumbai

251.                प्रतिमाजोशी

मुंबई

252.                प्रभागणोरकर

अमरावती(महाराष्ट)

253.                Sandhya Phadke

Pune

254.                Megha Pansare

Kolhapur

255.                Vanessa Chishti

Sonipat

256.                Snehil Manohar SIngh

Dehradun

257.                Anish Vanaik

Delhi

258.                Kriti Budhiraja

New Delhi

259.                Sumanta Banerjee

Hyderabad, Telangana state

260.                Nayanika Chattopadhyay

Kolkata