January 11, 2009 12:59:16 am
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union organised a protest at Jantar Mantar on Saturday and has urged the Centre to cut ties with Israel,as a sign of protest against its invasion of Gaza.
The students were joined by a large number of foreign nationals,including Palestinians belonging to the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS).
Sandeep Singh,JNUSU president,said India is one of the biggest buyers of weapons from Israel. Israel must be using the money paid by India to fund the war. Our country should immediately sever ties with such a fascist country, he said. Singh said the students union was completely against the war and condemned the attack for its barbaric nature.
Around 300 students,including some from Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia,gathered at Jantar Mantar in the afternoon to condemn the attacks that have killed more civilians than armed personnel.
The protest was organised after the GUPS contacted the JNUSU office bearers. Both student groups then decided that they would share a common platform for protest,which would include students from other universities as well.
Ibrahim,president of GUPS and also a student at JNU,called the invasion an attack against humanitarianism that no one can tolerate. Ibrahim,who came to JNU a year ago to study,said the most condemnable thing is the fact that most of those killed are innocent civilians.
Initially,the war was against Hamas but it is no longer the case. Israel is attacking schools and mosques and killing so many innocents. I just hope the war gets over by next week, he said. He requested people from all nationalities to support the Palestinian cause. This is not only a demonstration by the Palestinians; there are other nationalities present here. We need support from everyone.
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