A Kerala road ‘renamed’ Gaza Street: Report

Some youths in a north Kerala Municipality have come under the scanner for allegedly replacing signboards that depict the name of Thuruthi Street with ones that depict the street as Gaza Street--taken after the Gaza Strip.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 19, 2017 3:49 pm
children drown, children drown in kerala, kasargod drowning incident, kasargod news, india news, latest news, indian express The renamed Thuruthi Street is located near Padannal village in Kerala’s Kasargod district. (Source: Google Maps)

Several youths in a north Kerala Municipality have come under the scanner for allegedly renaming signboards — from Thuruthi Street to Gaza Street– after the Gaza Strip, the piece of land in Palestinian rule that is the bone of contention between Palestine and Israel.

A report in Hindustan Times said there were claims that the street near Padannal village in Kasargod district was renamed allegedly in solidarity with those “targeted” by Israeli forces. There are reports of a number of youths from the district having allegedly joined the ISIS recently.

The report said the municipal authorities were unaware that signage at the street has been changed. It said the Kasargod district panchayat president AGC Basheer was reported to be present at the renaming ceremony.

The HT report quoted Befathima Ibrahim, chairperson of the civic body, as saying that she would rectify the problem at the earliest.

BJP district president K Sreekanth was quoted as saying: “There is nothing new about this. There have been many other attempts of this kind in Kasargod.”

The report cited a police official’s concerns of chances of such acts breeding discord among communities. “We are keeping an eye on such activities. Of late, many houses in north Kerala have put up residential nameplates in Arabic. Some have even been forced into doing this. Such activities will breed discord among various communities in the region,” the police official said.

Other places in the state have seen such renamings in the past as well. A beach in the state’s Malappuram district was renamed to Saddam Beach from Tipu Sultan Beach. The beach was renamed after the former Iraq president Saddam Hussein. It was apparently done in an act of solidarity after the 1991 Gulf War.

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    kg
    Jun 19, 2017 at 11:14 pm
    Indians, going mad for a Suadi Arabic cult,and Saudi Arabians dont let them sit next to them.
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      Mavala
      Jun 20, 2017 at 2:43 am
      Its different kind of slavery. so called "intellectuals" are slaves to long gone english country and these guys are slaves to saudi. they think by growing a beard and wearing a long soudi dress they suddenly became arab just like a posh english speaker thinks he is white.
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      autonomous
      Jun 19, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Youth gets attracted towards BAD things easily,extreme religious radicalisation is one of them.Its the job of the parents to show their children to live peacefully inside a secular country be in unity,respect acknowledge other religious people too.Create a peaceful developed I N D I A with unity among diversity for the future generation "i n d i a n s" 2020.
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        Jai hind
        Jun 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm
        Well said .. Parents plays an important role in building up a charector ..society comes second .. For all this basic education is mandatory .hope educated parents s of next generation would help us building up a good society
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        ramesh ahuja
        Jun 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm
        In many places Bin laden is considered hero and no media reports it, shame on them.Today we have Times now and Republic , they have guts and balls to target anti nationals.
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          Jai hind
          Jun 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm
          All.media's are biased ..all are supporting either this side or the side ... Same time this TOI republic has no guts to expose the bad side of some fake so called nationalists
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          Raj
          Jun 19, 2017 at 7:42 pm
          This is the result of all that "beef-eating" of the mallus. They think they were being "progressive" and "liberals" and "secular" - soon Cochin will be named Raqqa and Kohzikode will be named Baghdad or Mosul. Mallus will be eating BEEF and speaking ARABIC and burka for women will become compulsory. Already in Kerala there are more Mosques than Churches and Temples COMBINED - but apparently "secularism" means being so spineless and pathetic as to abandon your culture and adopt some dirty barbaric culture and names from the beggars of middle east. This is why in Mangalore, Udupi districts of Karnataka an ongoing battle is taking place to prevent the spread of these terrorists from spreading into Karnataka.
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            DR. THOMAS,
            Jun 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm
            Excellent idea.
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              Trilochan
              Jun 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm
              Our Muslim population is 170 crores. Even 10 pc or so can create severe unrest for our country if not properly handled. Number of youth joining IS from kerala has increased. Kerala doesn't have industries though they have higher literacy rates. Modi should concentrate on making use of those young brains instead of playing sab ka sath sab ka vikas cause it would create more harm than being estimated
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                sudhish
                Jun 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm
                If they want to name the street as that of Palestine, lets show them the Israeli way of crushing opponents.
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                  Jai hind
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm
                  It was done with the consent ..any ways do u think u can crush Of such a majority in ur area u hatemonger bstrd ...who the f made u the bap of this soil to speak in such an illiterate way .. Sudeesh is a mallu sanghi .no wonder u guys in Kerala are really treated like jockers through out ... Change ur filthy garbage mentality dude
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                    Skj
                    Jun 19, 2017 at 9:43 pm
                    Teri ammi ko chhoddduu din rat duu karauli maddrcchhd. Haaarmmi suwar khhhod
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                      Jai hind
                      Jun 19, 2017 at 10:11 pm
                      Aaahan skj another joker ..lo tujhe joker Na bulaya ispe naraz ho tum ... Samjho Tujhe bhi bulalia
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                        Abu Bakkr Obama
                        Jun 19, 2017 at 11:38 pm
                        Abe chup kar Jai Hind miyabhai. You stink islam.
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                      Sudarshan Nityananda
                      Jun 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm
                      There would be no issue if the street could be officially renamed with due authority and concurrence of the majority of citizens. After all, we do support the creation of Palestine as a State and can show solidarity with the citizens of Gaza who have been subject to blockades and bombings, many of which were unjustified. It need not be seen as a sign of extremism, since in that case, our Govt's support to Palestine is also "extremism".
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                        Venkat Pokkunuri
                        Jun 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm
                        thats bull sht it is the IS sympathazierss who are doing this those who are behind must be arrested and probed for their links with terrorists no one has any right to change names. except gvot. sadam hussain mass murdered man mnay shias with nerver gas and using army. tomorrrow sme terrrorist names as lden all thesenare terrorists and must be arrested and probed for their links they ahave connections with dawood and ISI
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                          M. Kapil
                          Jun 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm
                          What is your real name?
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                            M. Kapil
                            Jun 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                            What is your real name?
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                              M. Kapil
                              Jun 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm
                              What is your real name?
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                                M. Kapil
                                Jun 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm
                                What is your real name?
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                                  Raj
                                  Jun 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm
                                  Why dont you learn what India's position on Palestine is before writing such nonsense ? India wants NEGOTIATIONS and supports a peaceful settlement. Gaza is filled with terrorists who launch rocketes into Israel - that's why they are under blockade . Don't write lies and behave like some roadside brainwashed jehadi.
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                                    Jai hind
                                    Jun 19, 2017 at 9:06 pm
                                    The land Israel was possessed by palestine once ..and Israel the country known as illicit child of UK and US were given that place by grabbing it from Palestine using their power .. Because they wanted a pest like Israel in between Arab countries to destroy them from growing who had oil abundantly
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                                      Jai hind
                                      Jun 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm
                                      Now don't count me among IS or jihad ..I have a wonderful family and I love a lot living in India and a patriot more than you ... Anyways u must learn the history before u p u k e some thing m public ... Would u just remain silent and observe simply when land from ur plot is grabbed by some Dacoit or by government for no reason to give it to one of their men
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                                      Anad
                                      Jun 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm
                                      For a passive character like you there is no issue even if tomarrow these extreemist elements forcefully change your name,cir cise and elope with your daughter and still you will be happy since with out any dowry or expense you could get a dude. Those who mingled with the palestine goons know how bad they are .Even in gulf countries they do not get any support because of their arrogance and israel know how to handle them. now there is no protest or stone throw in Gaza strip because for every stone israel reply with bullet and that alone work agianst goons. Kerala is fast converting into another kashmir thanks to congies and commies support to all extreemists out fits.We have enough streets in name of saddam hussain,Gaddafi and cities of iraq and syria and many names as well eulogising the extreem leaders
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