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India and Israel: an unlikely alliance

November 9th, 2010 | Posted in India, Palestine
    by Isabelle Saint-Mézard Le Monde diplomatique


    Photo Kashmir youth battles against Indian military forces.

India and Israel were born (in 1947 and 1948) through long and violent partition processes, from the ruins of the British empire. Both were caught up in inextricable armed conflicts. Yet this did not make for any particular affinity between the countries: rather the reverse.

From the 1920s onwards, the leaders of India’s nationalist movement sided with the Palestinian Arabs against British imperialism, opposing the Zionist aim of establishing a Jewish state. India voted against the partition of Palestine at the UN General Assembly of 1947, and only recognised Israel in 1950. Until the 1980s it formed a bloc with the Arab countries at the UN and within the Non-aligned Movement, in defence of the Palestinian people’s right to a sovereign state.


Indian call for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

August 6th, 2010 | Posted in Culture, India, Palestine
    IcACBI | July 2010


    Photo Graffiti writing on Israeli apartheid wall in Palestine.

Both the academia and the arts are profoundly rooted in the values of democracy, equality and justice, and the pursuit of excellence in both these fields has meaning only if it is imbued with conscience. As Indian academics, intellectuals and artists in the decolonised world, we have historically played a crucial role in the liberation of our peoples, and to this day continue to lend our voices in support to all those who are struggling to be rid of the yoke of colonialism and foreign domination.


My Investment in Israel

May 4th, 2010 | Posted in India, Palestine
    April 21, 2010 CounterPunch by Vijay Prashad


    Photo: Palestinians in destroyed home in the Gaza Strip.

I’m not Israeli. I’m not Palestinian. Nor Jewish, nor Arab, nor Muslim. I’ve never been to Jerusalem, nor Ramallah. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go there. I have no relatives who live there, no family who ever went there, or came from there. I have a friend who lives there, but I only knew him when we were children in Calcutta more than forty years ago. I don’t remember what he looks like.


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