Around 80 civil society organisations, politicians including Members of Parliament (MP), artists, journalists and academicians have signed a declaration expressing outrage over the forced eviction of Palestinians and storming of Al Aqsa mosque by Israeli Police.
The signatories include AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, AICC Secretary Shakeel Ahmad Khan, CPM Leader Mohammad Saleem, BSP Lok Sabha MP Kunwar Danish Ali, Congres Rajya Sabha MP Syed Naseer Hussain, Delhi University Professor Apoorvanand, Maulana Azad University Jodhpur Vice-Chancellor Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, author and artist Shuddhabrata Sengupta, poet Kaushik Raj and musician Poojan Sahil.
The signatories have called upon the Israeli government to immediately halt its inhuman and racist policies by restoring the sanctity of Masjid Al Aqsa and halting the evictions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and other places. They have also urged the central government to summon the Israeli envoy and push the Israeli government to immediately halt its violent actions against the Palestinians.
“The enforced displacement of the Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood and other localities to enable settler colonialism and the storming of Al Aqsa mosque by the Israeli police during the auspicious month of Ramadhan and the resultant injuries to the scores of peaceful worshippers has sent waves of shock and trauma in the Muslim communities and the whole civilized world,” read the declaration.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AMPLB), All India Christian Council Secretary-General John Dayal and All India Ambedkar Mahasabha Chairman Ashok Bharti have backed the declaration. Several other organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind, Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees and Popular Front of India have also signed on it.
The signatories cautioned that any irresponsible action violating the sanctity of Masjid Al Aqsa, the third holiest site of Islam, could have a global repercussion. They warned the government of Israel to desist from attempting any misadventure.
“The signatories of this declaration believe that the actions of Israeli regime constitute racism and apartheid. Such actions find backing neither from the international laws nor the universal values of a civilized society,” read the declaration. “The provocation by armed forces leading to violence, chaos and repression of the occupied population, during the times of a pandemic is a serious crime against humanity,” it adds.