The Road to Gaza is open-II: India to Gaza Peace convoy announced
The Asian Palestine solidarity process is well underway. We are undertaking & coordinating a convoy from India to Palestine, which will traverse the Asian nations, thus building & uniting the resistance for our common struggles against Imperialism & Zionism.
We call upon the social movements, mass organizations, political parties & individuals to endorse & participate in the international campaign to end the Siege of Gaza & the Liberation of Palestine.
Do endorse & circulate the statement below as widely as possible.
Those who would want to participate in the convoy are requested to send in their names, organization, socio-political background & passport details.
In Solidarity with the Intifada.
Brigadier Sudhir Sawant, Zafarul Islam Khan, Feroze Mithiborwala, Ashim Roy, Dr. Tasleem Rehmani, , Kishore Jagtap, Achin Vanaik, SQR Ilyas, Anil Chaudhary, Abdul Khaliq, Anand Swaroop Verma, Suresh Khairnar, Sandeep Pandey, Aslam Ghazi, Javed Naqvi, Com. Vasudevan, Sarfaraz Arzu, Meraj Siddiqui, Saeed Hameed, Imtiyaz Ahmad Arif, Kapadia, Varsha V V, Winnie Thomas, Chetna Birje, Reshma Jagtap, Yawar Ali Qazi, Mukta Srivastava, Asif Khan, Syed Iftikhar Ahed, Sayeed Khan, Abhishek Guru, Munawwar Khan, Amol Madame, Vilas Gaikwad, Jagdish Nagarkar, Mulniwasi Mala, Shyam Sonar, Sudhir Dhawale, Bajrang Sonawane, Sheikh Muhammad Hussain, Ghazala Azad, Munawwar Azad, Ihtishaam Ansari, Sanjay Shinde, Shadab Sheikh & others
India Palestine People's Solidarity Forum
Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza: India Lifeline to Gaza
We the people of India extend our solidarity to the courageous people of Palestine in their struggle and resistance against the occupation of their land. Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories has lasted for more than six decades in violation of international law, international humanitarian law and numerous United Nations resolutions. The occupation of Palestine must end! Gaza has been turned into a vast open-air-prison-cum-concentration camp for its 1.5 million inhabitants. The Palestinian population in the West Bank and in Jerusalem are under continuous repression, assaults and in a permanent state of siege due to the ever expanding settlements & the apartheid wall. The Palestinian people must have the freedom to exercise their right to self-determination including their right to establish on all the territories that Israel has occupied, an independent sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital. The structure of Zionist apartheid, based on ethno-religious discrimination that Israel has established, must be dismantled and it must grant equal rights to all its citizens, including the “Right of Return” to the Palestinians refugees.
Defend the right of Palestinian people to resist the occupation through all legitimate means
The campaign and struggle to end the blockade of Gaza is an integral part of, and a step to this larger struggle for self determination of the Palestinian People and for a State of Palestine. The people of Gaza are being subjected to the Israeli policy of collective punishment for asserting their democratic right to decide for themselves the leadership and political organisations to lead their struggle, govern their society and represent them in all negotiations.
The genocidal nature of the war unleashed on Gaza, is also meant to serve as a warning to the rest of the Palestinian People. Israel, backed by the US and reactionary forces, is using war, terror and blockade to break the will of the people of Gaza. The Blockade of Gaza since 2007 has resulted in lack of essential supplies, petrol for electricity, imminent shortage of medicines, food and water which has triggered a humanitarian crisis that the world needs to respond to with urgency.
The freedom and peace loving people of the world and democratic states have to defeat this nefarious design. Palestine is today one of the defining struggles for freedom, democracy and equality for peoples and nations.
Let us unite to win this battle
This struggle is broad, varied and multi-dimensional. It is humanitarian and for peace, freedom and human dignity. It is against occupation, imperialism, apartheid, Zionism and all forms of discrimination including religious discrimination. We call upon all organisations, movements and individuals to engage, contribute, actively participate and join the struggle. We commit to respect the right of all participants to share, emphasise and focus on any aspect and dimension of the struggle that is accordance with their own views, belief and ideology, provided they do not divide, weaken or vitiate the common and broad front against the blockade of Gaza and the very struggle for the liberation of Palestine.
After the terrible massacre aboard the Freedom Flotilla on 31 May 2010, citizens around the world are taking action to help break the siege which is suffocating the lives of the people of Gaza and denying them their very right to exist.
Different movements across the world are mobilising to end the blockade of the Gaza Strip and to bring humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. The IHH (Insani Yardi Vakfi or The Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief), participated in the Freedom Flotilla in which 9 of its peace activists were murdered in cold blood by Israeli soldiers on board of Mavi Marmara. The “Free Gaza Movement” has challenged the siege by organizing ships to the shores of Gaza. The “Viva Palestina” has mobilized more than 500 vehicles and 60 ships that will reach Gaza in September. “The European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza” will be sending more than 9000 delegates. Many more organizations around the world are now galvanizing the global solidarity movement and will be contributing with their local and global actions. Convoys from North and South Africa and ships from the USA, New Zealand, Canada & Australia are also due to join the global effort.
We are committed to and believe that there must be a strong Asian involvement in the global movement to End the siege of Gaza and for the Liberation of Palestine. It is important that India plays a part in initiating and building the Asian process for solidarity with Palestine.
It is against this background that the undersigned organisations undertake to organise an Asian land convoy to Gaza. This convoy will leave from New Delhi mid-September and will travel across Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and ultimately through the Rafah Crossing into Gaza-Palestine. The Asian convoy will be joined by delegations and vehicles in each of the nine countries through which it passes. We will coordinate with existing and new organisations and alliances in each of these countries and commit together to develop an Asia level campaign to free Palestine. In each of these countries public meetings, press conferences, meetings with mass organisations and political parties will be organised.
We endorse the Solidarity Caravan from India to Palestine.
Asha Parivar Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) Bharat Bachao Andolan Campaign for Peace & Democracy (Manipur) Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee) Ekta Parishad
Forum Against Oppression of Women Free Gaza - India
India Palestine People’s Solidarity Forum
Insaaniyat (Bombay) Loknaad Mazdoor Ekta Manch Muslim Intellectual Forum
Muslim Political Council of India
National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) New Socialist Initiative (NSI) New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
Palestine Solidarity Movement
People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Peace Phule-Ambedkar Vichar Manch
Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity (PACTI) Republican Panther
Saheli Women’s Resource Centre South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainers (SANGAT) South Asia Peace Alliance (SAPA)
Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI) Vidyarthi Bharti Yuva Koshish
Individuals Salman Usmani, New Delhi Ritu Menon, New Delhi