Muslim Group Urges President to Cancel Netanyahu’s Visit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu after his arrival at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. AFP

 

Caravan News

NEW DELHI: India’s largest Muslim students’ group has urged President Ram Nath Kovind to cancel the upcoming India visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “to prove sincerity in India’s sense of solidarity towards Palestine struggle.”

In a letter to President Kovind, the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has expressed “strong discontent” over the upcoming visit of Netanyahu. By welcoming the Israeli PM, “India has compromised its values of humanity and fraternity.” “As you know Israel under his leadership has been crushing down innocent lives majority of them kids and women, in the Palestinian territories. The brutal assault on the Palestinians with no concerns about their rights has been continuing for decades,” SIO President Nahas Mala said.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit India from January 14-19.

“Being a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, it is a very unlikely gesture from the Indian government to welcome the Israeli Prime Minister who stands against the very cause,” SIO leader wrote.

Last month (December 21), India, along with 128 countries, stood up to support Palestine at the United Nations and rejected US President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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