<पी शैली="पाठ-संरेखण: औचित्य सिद्ध करें;">It has been more than a week since the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Even now bombs are being fired on both sides and people are running to save their lives. On October 7, Hamas started the war by firing a volley of rockets, which does not seem to be stopping at the moment. This war has worried leaders and experts around the world. Experts are busy assessing what consequences it will have to face in the coming days.
This ongoing fight between Israel and Hamas has drawn a political line in India. The Indian government has made its stand clear that it is against terrorism and is currently with Israel. At the same time, some political parties have talked about the rights of the citizens of Palestine. Along with this, the government has also been asked why there has been a change in India’s stand on the issue of Palestine.
PM Modi expressed support with Israel
Last Saturday, when Hamas fired rockets at Israel, within a few hours the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Posted on X (Twitter) calling it a terrorist attack and said that he is with Israel in this difficult time. After this, he also spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on phone and reiterated that India stands with Israel. In the G20 Parliamentary Speakers Summit held in Delhi on October 13, 2023, PM Modi also discussed terrorism and targeted Hamas. However, in his address he did not take the name of Israel, Palestine or Hamas. PM Modi said that the whole world is surrounded by crisis and everyone needs to move together. Emphasizing on everyone’s unity against terrorism, he said that India has been suffering the brunt of terrorism for decades. Describing terrorism as a big challenge, PM Modi said that it is against humanity wherever it is, for any reason, in any form. We all have to be strict.
Politics heated up due to Congress’s statement
The whole world has been divided into two camps regarding the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. One camp is with Israel and the other camp is supporting Palestine. Congress also supported Palestine in the party working committee meeting and said that it has been in favor of Palestinian people for their land and rights for a long time. In the working committee meeting last Friday, Congress also demanded a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The party also raised questions on the government’s stand and asked why the change in India’s traditional stand on Palestine. Former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had always raised their voice for the rights of Palestine. Not only this, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had also talked about the rights of Palestine, on which the opposition is now cornering the Bharatiya Janata Party. On this, the Foreign Ministry made it clear that India has not changed its stand on Palestine, it is only against terrorism.
After these statements of Congress, Israel-Hamas war has taken political color in India. Union Minister Giriraj Singh attacked Congress leader Digvijay Singh and said that those who addressed terrorist Osama Bin Laden as Ji are giving knowledge today. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday that those who are supporting the Palestinian organization Hamas in the war against Israel are actually supporting terrorism. Speaking to reporters after visiting Maa Vindhyavasini in Vindhyachal, Sarma said on a question, ‘No one should support Hamas.’ He said, ‘Supporting Hamas is supporting terrorism, those who are standing to take out a procession in its support should be dealt with strictly.’ After this uproar, Congress leaders have to give clarification. Leaders like Manish Tiwari and Digvijay Singh have said that they do not support Hamas. Hamas is not a true representation of the citizens of Palestine. Political parties in the country seem divided on the issue of Israel and Palestine. Many parties have appealed to PM Modi to show solidarity towards Palestine.
Owaisi said – This is not just a Muslim issue, it is a human issue.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that Palestine issue is not only an issue of Muslims, but it is a humanitarian issue and it is a matter of all those who want justice. He said, ‘We would like to tell our Prime Minister…Modiji, stop the atrocities on Palestinians in Gaza, show solidarity with the Palestinian people. Out of twenty one lakh people, 10 lakh people have become homeless. (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu is a monster, he is a war criminal. Houses are being razed to the ground, 6000 bombs were used. Owaisi further said, ‘We would like to remind the Indian Prime Minister what Mahatma Gandhi had said. Gandhi had said that Palestine belongs to the Arabs. Palestine is the land of Arabs. It is disappointing that our government is silent. If we want to become a superpower and a member of the United Nations Security Council with voting rights, then our government and our country will have to condemn Israel’s war crimes. Help the Palestinians who are being evacuated from Gaza. Owaisi did not stop here and even called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a monster. He alleged that whatever is happening in Gaza is ethnic cleansing. Israel is committing war crimes and the Indian government and the country should condemn it.
Hurriyat Conference also expressed support with Palestine
Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday called on the global community to fulfill its responsibility and find a proper solution to the Israel-Palestine issue, saying that people from both sides should be able to live in peace and dignity. Mirwaiz said, ‘The sentiments of the Islamic world as well as the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been hurt, those who can feel the pain are disappointed to see the silence (on this issue). We are seeing how the elderly, children, women and innocents are being bombed and murdered. He said that now the time has come for the global community to fulfill its responsibility to find a just solution to this issue. Farooq said, ‘There cannot be a unilateral decision (on this issue). The issue of Palestine is a long pending issue and a proper solution should be found. The rights of the Palestinian people should be given back to them. Their nation and their land have been snatched away from them, what could be a greater atrocity than this.
NCP also with Palestine
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has also expressed his support for Palestine on the Israel-Palestine issue and has raised questions on the stand of the Indian government. He said that the war between India and Palestine is a threat to world peace. The land and houses there belonged to Palestine, which Israel occupied. Sharad Pawar said that the role of the country’s former Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was to help Palestine. He said that the current Prime Minister has unfortunately opposed the original owners by supporting Israel.
Madani said, with the help of some world powers, Israel captured Palestine’s land
Maulana Arshad Madani, President of Jamiat (AM Group) and founding member of Muslim World League, has said that Jamiat has always been a supporter of the struggle of Palestine. He said that Israel has occupied Palestinian land with the support of some world powers and now it wants to destroy the existence of Palestinian citizens. He has termed the Israeli army’s attack on Gaza as aggression, barbarity and atrocities. Madani has appealed to international leaders to come forward to immediately stop the ongoing wars and bombing in Gaza.