Indian Muslim leaders condemn the Israeli President’s statement

New Delhi: Press Trust of India reported on 18 June that the Israeli President Shimon Peres has asked India to shed its “carefulness” in ties with Israel. He said “New Delhi should overcome its ‘cautious’ approach which is due to a large Muslim population and further strengthen the relationship with the Jewish state.” He underlined that a number of Muslim countries like Egypt and Jordan have ties with Israel and India should also not be hesitant in bolstering relationship with it.

Indian Muslim leaders have reacted sharply against this unwarranted statement. The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations and eminent personalities, on 19 June issued a joint statement of Indian Muslim leaders against the Israeli President’s statement which is as follows:

“We condemn, most forcefully and unreservedly, the Israeli President’s suggestion to the Indian government to disregard the Indian Muslim community in developing and strengthening relations with the Zionist state.

“First of all, this is an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign and free state. Moreover, it is a blatant disregard of the democratic principles which take public opinion into consideration while formulating national and international policies. Tiny but highly arrogant Israel should realize that it is committing a mockery of democratic principles by suggesting policies to a country which is 200 times its population. Even the Indian Muslim community Israel wants to be disregarded is 30 times bigger than Israel’s Jewish population.

“We advise Israel to make peace with its neighbours, give Palestinians their inalienable rights, return the occupied lands and stop its criminal siege of Gaza Strip and equally illegal settlements in the West Bank. Israel should stop day-dreaming that it can continue to overlord the Middle East thinking that it can forever rely on the blind American support. Middle East’s sand is shifting fast and even Israel’s American allies are now saying that a decade from now Israel may not exist.

“We advise the Israeli President to advise the Jewish settlers in occupied Palestine to return to their original homelands while those remaining in Palestine will have to live as loyal citizens of a free and democratic Palestine.

“We also advise the Israeli President to stop thinking about India where a vast majority of people of all communities know the reality of Israel and how it was built by violence and deceit on stolen land with blind European and American support. Here in India, we know that Israel is the only remaining apartheid regime in the world, which is destined to disappear from the map of the world sooner or later like the erstwhile apartheid regime in South Africa.

Issued by
Dr.Zafarul-Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat
Mujtaba Farooq, President, Welfare Party of India
Muhammad Ahmad, Political Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind
Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, National Secretary, Jamiat Ulam-e Hind
Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, President, Islahi Movement of India
Dr Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, Member, Working Committee, Muslim Personal Law Board
Dr Taslim Rahmani, President, Muslim Political Council of India
Prof. M.H. Jawahirullah, MLA, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi
Mualana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Chairman, Shah Waliullah Institute
Lateef Mohammad Khan, Gen Secretary, Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee, Hyderabad.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2013 on page no. 11

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