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Muslims protest in Delhi against Israeli President's visit

19 Nov 2016 06:11 PM, IST

Muslims protest in Delhi against Israeli President's visit
Muslims protest in Delhi on 18 Nov 2016 against India visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin. (Photo - IndiaTomorrow.net)

Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,

New Delhi, Nov 19: Hundreds of common Muslims and clerics, under the leadership of their top religious leaders, held a big protest demonstration near the Parliament House here on Friday against the ongoing India visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. While expressing deep concern on the growing India-Israel relations, they demanded establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestine state. Rivlin is in India on a weeklong tour (14-21 Nov).


Addressing the public gathering, national president of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Qari Syed Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri said, "It has been against our culture and tradition to welcome an oppressor. We express our disappoint over the absence of India from the voting conducted by UNESCO on the Al-Aqsa mosque issue and the Prime Minister comparing the surgical strikes of the Indian army on Pakistani side with the illegal Israeli strikes against Palestinians."


"The Indian Government should revisit its relationship with the tyrant and expansionist Israel following into the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and should not violate the traditional friendship of India with the weaker and oppressed people around the world," he said.


General Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mohammad Salim Engineer said, "Israel was founded with oppression. Palestine will get its right and we will not allow anyone to destroy our country too. We want to tell the government that this relationship will lead to the destruction of all Indians."


Leaders of religious Muslim organizations at an event to oppose India visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin in Delhi on 18 Nov 2016. (Photo - IndiaTomorrow.net)


"You say Israel has experience to fight against terrorism. Why don't you say Israel has experience to oppress innocents? Do you want to develop India on Israel model," he asked.


Condemning the Israeli policies, Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor of The Milli Gazette said, "Recently, a bill has been proposed by Israeli government to limit the number of prayer calls (Azaan) from mosques, which is condemnable as it is a threat to religious freedom. We condemn the visit of Israeli president to India since Israel is a terrorist state."


President of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Navaid Hamid criticized the central government over Israeli President's visit and said, "It is a shame that Prime Minister of India says Prime Minister of Israel is his role model. It means Mahatma Gandhi is not role model for our prime minister. An oppressor can't be India's guest."


Haider Naqvi, member of Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Hind said, "It is a time when all Muslim Ummah should stand against oppressor Israel. It has terrorized the whole world. The existence of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is because of Israel. Wherever you see terrorism there is a connection of Israel."


"Previous and present Indian Government may have relations with Israel but people of India will be with Palestine," he said.


At the end of the program, Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind submitted a memorandum, signed by other top Muslim organizations, to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.


"We denounce the visit (of Israeli president) which aims to strengthen Indo-Israeli ties at all levels. Relations with Israel provide financial support and legitimize the policies of a state that continues to violate international law and human rights with impunity, a state which has set up an apartheid regime against Palestine Arabs, transformed the majority of Palestinian people into refugees by expelling from their homes and destroying their villages, and brutalizes the daily lives of the people in the West Bank and  Gaza, where it has been in military occupation since 1967," the memorandum reads.


Other organizations that took part in the protest demonstration and endorsed the memorandum included Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, All India Majlis-e Mushawarat, Jama Masjid United Forum, ANHAD, Jamia collective, All India Tanzeem-e-Insaf, Mewat Vikas Sabha, Mewat Karawan, Shoulder to Shoulder, Palestine Solidarity Organisation, UK.

Keywords : Indian Muslims ,   Israeli President Reuven Rivlin ,   Palestine ,   India-Israel relations  

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Shailendra Verma

23 November 2016 05:13 PM
Israel may be our good friend, because enemy of enemy is our friend.

Raj Ambardar

22 November 2016 12:20 PM
Israeli Prime Minister and Jewish people are welcome in India. Muslims in India should know India is not an Islamic republic of India....It is Bharat and all Infidels are welcome here with respect and dignity.


22 November 2016 08:06 AM
If Israel is terrorizing country, then why all mid-east countries are trying to dominate one small country. There should not be any relation of Indian Muslim with terrorist Muslims. Entire Gaza Strip is occupied by terrorist funded by Arab countries. Human rights are just a cover for muslim, as it is directed by Saudi arabia, who is the biggest violator of human rights. God bless India 🇮🇳 from these radical separatist and terror supporters.


22 November 2016 04:56 AM
For the information of Indians who dont know, I need to clarify. Indian Sunni Muslims follow the policy of Saudi Arabia Indian Shia Muslims follow the policy of Iran Indian govt has good relations with Saudi, Iran, Palestine and Israel. Indian govt historically supported the Palestinians, and never officially recognized Israel. But same time Indian govt also was sympathetic with the Israel. This is a strange relationship as India is able to have friendly ties with all the countries. However in the Kargil war Israel helped India a lot. Even as USA and other EU countries did not help as much. Israel gave us critical technical help without which the war would not have been that easy to defeat an enemy who had entrenched themselves in strategic positions on higher ground. So since that time the relation between India and Israel has improved and several strategic partnerships formed. Meanwhile even as Saudi does not have a embassy in Israel, but it is being told in media that unofficially the relations between Saudi and Israel are secretly improving. Several secret cooperations are reported in media between the two countries. But Both Saudi and Israel relations with Iran are deteriorating. Meanwhile India has not compromised its relations with any of the arab countries at the cost of good relations with Isreal, we continue to improve our relations with all gulf countries and also with Iran. So my advise to fellow Muslim hindustani brothers, all countries seek its own interest first and so we too need to keep our own interest first before any other nation. Currently Israel has provided India strategic technologies which will help us to defend ourselves from enemy aggression. So we need to maintain relations with all those that are important to our strategic interests. If we are living in a neighbourhood our first responsibility is towards own family, similarly we are living in a dangerous world today and our first interest need to be to protect our own interest. Only if we are alive we can help others including Palestine. Another request dont make riots and burn property in our country if something happens in another country this is not good for brother hood in our own country. Certainly our Indian muslims are not stupid, they do understand. Saudi, Iran will not come to help us and we need to fend ourselves when our enemies china and pakistan attack us. So I am sure the Indian muslims will see this no different from common Indian. By supporting outsiders and rioting due to them they creating a wrong impression, doubts and suspicion about the loyalty of Indian Muslims in the eyes of some people. Educated Muslims do understand by those who are poor and follow only thier mullahs and mosques they dont understand that their mullahs and mosques have compulsion to support as they get money from forign charities. Indian muslims are logical and I am sure they will understand what I am saying. The prospective of normal Indians, and what leads to suspicion and doubt in the minds of non-muslims of India. When Indian muslims do not criticize the killings of hindu, sikh and buddists in Bangladesh, Pakistan and kashmiri pandits in Kashmir. Everyone knows India and Pakistan were seprated based on religion. But in Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1947 onwards within 15 years the the population of minorities in both countries reduced from 27% to apx 1%. So Indian feel while they were large hearted to accomodate muslims in 1947 creating a secular constitution in a hindu country just to make muslims feel at home. Allowed sacrifice of Cow in holy month of Eid, despite constition from 1948 has banned killing of cattle in public. So when secular Indian muslims do not criticize the killings of non-muslims in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kashmir the Indians feel cheated and let down. When they burn national property and do riots in support Palestinians the normal Indians have doubt on their loyalty being with Saudi or Iran or another foriegn country/even rather than with India. Then when some muslims waive Pakistani flags in their homes or when India loose a cricket match this puts them off, as Indian will accept any thing but they will not accept disrespect of nation. The debates of vande matram, jana gana mana, bharat mata are all linked to respect of mother land for normal Indian, even as they may have different relevance for Indian muslims. Most Indians feel our motherland should be most important to all of us, this may be in contradiction for \"few\" muslims who like to go to syria to fight someone elses war. However now increasingly muslims community leaders and mosques have come out and condemned any association with ISIS. This is seen as a positive change as far most Indians are concerned. In the end Indian muslim soilders also die for nation when there is war with pakistan just like another Indian. So my humble request is seek your own nations interest before any other interest. Keep your religion private nobody is stopping anyone from practicing their religion in India. India has always been secular and open minded. India had good relations with prophet. Prophet also loved India. Hindustani died to protect the relatives of the prophet, gave them shelter. So lets not get tangled by political matters rather seek what is best for all of us. Israel PM is a state guest and it is trend of hindustan to even treat their enemies with respect and provide hospitality to them. This is why Indian hindu kings build mosque for islamic traders in Kerala to make them feel at home and comfortable after their long journey. In the end if you still choose to protest, India is a democratic country everyone has right to protest, but kindly ensure protests are done as per hindustani traditions in nonviolent way. May allah almighty bless you all. Jai Hind


21 November 2016 07:06 PM
whats wrong in is real P.M visiting india?We ned to protect our country from radical jihadi muslim terrroits sent from Pakistan same way Isreal is surrounded by manics who are everywhere to destroy all nonmuslim countries and spread islam they hate everything band anything nonislam we can see that in all E.U countries we will to allow that to happen here in india long live india Isreal friendship


21 November 2016 06:25 PM
Did these muslim politicians and organisations protested against kashmiri hindu kilings and srilanka tamil massacre ..palenstine is no way connected to india so why are they behaving like fools..


21 November 2016 06:22 PM
dont know what is the connection between our indian muslims with palenstine.. these are political i guess. Larger muslim community in india does not care about this cos its a no issue..



21 November 2016 09:12 PM
Good thought.


21 November 2016 02:09 PM
This is yet another nonsense from these ignorants. God save India now from these illitrates.


21 November 2016 08:59 AM
I never heard any Muslim talking about Iraq war Muslims against Muslims. The religion should be for inner development when it try to change the society forcly there is an indication of the end of that religion sooner or later our next gen may understand this

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