Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) and The Palestine Solidarity Committee in India have given a call to oppose increasing military and trade ties with Israel. This call has been made when PM Narendra Modi is all set to be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. The two organizations are of view that this visit would result in closer military and trade ties with Israel.
A joint press communique issued earlier says that closer military ties with Israel will make India complicit in Israel’s war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. The release further says: “The Israeli military industry, the largest industry in the country and perhaps the main prop of the national economy, is fully a part of the Israeli war machine that occupies Palestinian lands, makes Gaza an open air prison, and imposes
apartheid policies on Palestinians. India’s desire for closer military ties comes at a time when even Israel’s close supporters in the international community, are staying away from arms trade with Israel. Many countries such as the UK and France have declined
“Closer trade ties with Israel means that India will flout a growing international movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and help whitewash Brand Israel by conducting business as usual with a country that does not respect international law,” says the release. “Added to this, is the hypocrisy of pretending that closer ties with Israel, which is occupying Palestine in open violation of various UN resolutions, can be forged side by side with continued support to the Palestinian cause.
The release says “The announcement of PM’s visit shows that the Indian government has forgotten what Gandhi, Nehru and India’s freedom movement said about
Palestine. No wonder Israel’s Ambassador Daniel Carmon celebrates this loss
of Indian official memory by saying ‘High level visits between both countries? are a natural ingredient of tightening relationship between Israel and India.’”
The communique, on behalf of Githa Hariharan, Sukumar Muralidharan, Prabir Purkayastha, and Pushpamala N says “We, as Indian citizens of conscience, protest this tightening relationship, and demand that the government put an end to military, trade
and other ties with apartheid Israel.”