A Call to the Indian Government to derecognize Israel and support BDS

Around 260 Indian citizens signed the statement calling on the Government of India to de-recognise the state of Israel, identifying it as an Apartheid state. They also called upon all Indians, as individuals, as civil society organisations, trade unions etc., to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction of the Israeli state and all its allied institutions. Finally, they declared their solidarity with the Palestinian people whose Right to Political Self-determination and Right of Return must be respected and fulfilled .
The signatories included Javed Anand, Vrinda Grover, Nivedita Menon, Sumit Sarkar, Tanika Sarkar, Teesta Setalwad, Anuradha Talwar, Dipankar Bhattacharya, Feroz Mithiborwala, Prabhat Patnaik, Utsa Patnaik, Zoya Hasan, Ammu Abraham, Harbans Mukhia, Mihir Desai, Anand Patwardhan, Admiral L. Ramdas, Soma Marik, Kamayani Bali Mahabal, and Sumanta Banerjee. The statement and full list of signatories is attached herewith is relased for public circulation.
Achin Vanaik and Kunal Chattopadhyay
(On behalf of the initiators and signatories)

Public Statement on Palestine by Concerned Indians

In the wake of the latest round of brutalities by Israel on Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem we call upon progressives in India to take a clear stand, and declare to the people that enough is enough! We demand nothing less than the complete de-recognition of Israel by this and all future Indian governments as long as it is a  Zionist apartheid state which denies the right of self-determination and the right of return to the Palestinian people. This means the complete severing and cessation of all diplomatic, political, military, economic relationship with Israeli government. Twenty one countries have never recognized Israel while seven countries which had recognized it, subsequently withdrew this recognition. Two of the countries to do so, namely Cuba (in 1973) and Venezuela (in 2009), have a stated commitment to socialism.

We also appeal to individuals, institutions, civil society organisations, trade unions, academics, artistes, etc. to respect and follow the campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of the Israeli government and all its allied institutions.

In the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) there is a formal definition of Apartheid that is based on a set of “crimes” which are listed separately as well as based on the Covenant Against Racial Discrimination. The essential content of that definition can be presented as follows: “Apartheid exists when you have on one territory, one power controlling that territory and you have two different legal systems which are applicable to two groups of different people based on their race  and ethnicity, for the goal of domination of one group over the other.” Human Rights Watch and even the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, now recognize and speak of it openly as an apartheid state!

Consider this: Israel is not only guilty of carrying out (through extreme forms of overt and covert violence) the longest running illegal military occupation of modern history but continues to carry out a “creeping colonization’ in the West Bank. Golan Heights and a part of Lebanon is under its control while Gaza remains the world’s largest open-air prison. Zionist Israel is the only state in the world that is NOT a state of its own citizens but is a state of the Jewish people who everywhere have full rights denied to non-Jews in the territories controlled by Israel itself. This means that like apartheid South Africa—which the Indian government never recognized—Israel is an inherently racist and apartheid state.

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We the Undersigned:

* Completely reject all racist ideologies and therefore Zionism.

* Call upon the Indian government to completely de-recognize Israel forthwith.

*Declare our solidarity with the Palestinian people whose Right to political Self-determination and Right of Return must be respected and fulfilled.

1.     Javed Anand Mumbai
2.     Tapan Bose New Delhi
3.     Swapan K Chakravorty Kolkata
4.     Neera Chandoke New Delhi
5.     Kunal Chattopadhyay Kolkata
6.     Ipshita Chanda Hyderabad
7.     Mihir Desai Mumbai
8.     Sandhya Gokhale Mumbai
9.     Arjun Gourisaria Kolkata
10.  Vrinda Grover New Delhi
11.  Rita Manchanda New Delhi
12.  Soma Marik Kolkata
13.  Nivedita Menon New Delhi
14.  Ritu Menon New Delhi
15.  Feroze Mithiborwala Mumbai
16.  Peggy Mohan New Delhi
17.  Sukumar Muralidharan New Delhi
18.  Vibhuti Patel Mumbai
19.  Sumit Sarkar New Delhi
20.  Tanika Sarkar New Delhi
21.  Teesta Setalvad Mumbai
22.  Navsharan Singh Noida
23.  Atul Sood Noida
24.   Anuradha Talwar  Badu, West Bengal
25.   Achin Vanaik New Delhi
26.  Aashita Dawer New Delhi
27.  Ritajyoti Mohali, India
28.  Maroona Murmu Kolkata
29.  Suchetana Banerjee Pune
30.  Arun Khote Lucknow
31.  Abhijit Roy Kolkata
32.  Noor Ahmad Baba Srinagar
33.  Hartman de Souza Pune
34.  Anusha Ravishankar Ahmedabad
35.  Rama Melkote ,prof. Retd. Osmania university Hyderabad, Telangana State
36.  Amir Rizvi Mumbai
37.  Shalini Dhawan Mumbai
38.  Professor Mohammad Javed Mumbai
39.  Dr. Almas Kabir Mumbai
40.  Amit Bhaduri Delhi
41.  Persis Ginwalla Ahmedabad, Gujarat
42.  Ayesha Khan Bombay
43.  Wandana Sonalkar Navi Mumbai
44.  Kranti L C Mumbai
45.  Alya Rizvi Gurugram
46.  Dr Lubna Sarwath Hyderabad India
47.  Sudhanva Deshpande New Delhi
48.  Padma Velaskar Mumbai
49.  Sania Hashmi Delhi
50.  Ashok Tiwari New Delhi
51.  Tarun Kanti Bose NEW DELHI
52.  Arundhati Dhuru Lucknow UP
53.  Sandeep Pandey Lucknow UP
54.  Jalindar Adsule Dhule, Maharastra
55.  Vinutha Mallya Bangalore
56.  Partha Chatterjee Kolkata
57.  Amitadyuti Kumar West Bengal
58.  E.V.Ramakrishnan Kannur, Kerala
59.  Gautam Mody New Delhi
60.  Usman Rafiq Aurangabad
61.  Dunu Roy Delhi/New Delhi/South
62.  Revati Laul Shamli, Uttar Pradesh
63.  . Professor K.M.SHRIMALI, Retd., University of Delhi 155 VAISHALI, PITAMPURA, DELHI 110034
64.  Nandini Sundar Delhi
65.  Geetanjali Shree Delhi
66.  Ali Asghar Hyderabad
67.  Ravi Nitesh Lucknow, U.P.
68.  M. Sreekumar Kerala
69.  Asiskusum Ghosh Kolkata
70.  Vijay Kumar Kalia Delhi
71.  Prabhat Patnaik New Delhi
72.  Utsa Patnaik New Delhi
73.  Sudha Vasan New Delhi
74.  Pamela Philipose New Delhi
75.  Amit Bhattacharyya Kolkata, India
76.  Renu Khanna Vadodara
77.  Uma V Chandru Bangalore, Karnataka
78.  Tapati Guha-Thakurta Kolkata
79.  Walter Fernandes Assam, Guwahati, Kamrup Metro district
80.  Prafulla Samantara Bhubaneswar,Odisha
81.  Anu Chenoy New Delhi
82.  Apeksha Vora Mumbai
83.  Sushil Khanna Kolkata
84.  Rajashri Dasgupta Kolkata
85.  Mritiunjoy Mohanty Kolkata
86.  Vasavi Kiro Jharkhand,Ranchi,Ranchi
87.  Prabir Purkayastha New Delhi
88.  Rajeev Bhargava Delhi
89.  Jyothi Krishnan Trivandrum
90.  Githa Hariharan Delhi
91.  Abey George Trivandrum
92.  Zoya Hasan Delhi
93.  Ammu Abraham Maharashtra, Mumbai, Greater Mumbai
94.  Pankaj Butalia New Delhi
95.  Vivek Sundara Mumbai
96.  Mohan Rao Bangalore
97.  Pradip Kumar Datta New Delhi
98.  Mrinmoy Pramanick KOLKATA
99.  Vincent Manoharan Tamilnadu – Madurai – Madurai
100.                Vithal Rajan Ketti, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
101.                Taskeen Aga Mumbai
102.                Chakradhar Rao, K. Hyderabad, Telangana
103.                Rabin Chakraborty India, Kolkata, West Bengal
104.                Sujata Patel Pune
105.                Sagar Dhara Hyderabad
106.                Debal Deb Kolkata
107.                Mita Dutta Kolkata
108.                Partha Majumder Barrackpore
109.                Dr. Richard Devadoss Chennai, Tamilnadu
110.                Harbans Mukhia Gurgaon
111.                Vincent Rajkumar Bangalore
112.                Ammu Joseph Bangalore
113.                Shubhra Chaturvedi New Delhi
114.                Swatija Manorama Thane
115.                Pushpamala N Bangalore
116.                Bobby Kunhu Punnayur
117.                Manas Das Assam
118.                Dilly Naidoo KwaZulu Natal, Durban
119.                Vidya Dinker Mangalore
120.                Sankar Ray,veteran journalist Calcutta,West Bengal
121.                Arup Baisya Assam
122.                Sushanta Kar Tinsukia, Assam
123.                Ayesha Kidwai New Delhi
124.                Sameera Iyengar Mumbai
125.                Wilfred Dcosta New Delhi
126.                Subhash Mendhapurkar Jagjit Nagar Solan Himachal Pradesh
127.                Sandip K Luis New Delhi
128.                Shaukat Zaman Ansari Kamptee,Nagpur
129.                Dhruv Raina New Delhi
130.                Prafulla Samantara Bhubaneswar,Odisha
131.                Sadanand Menon Tamil Nadu, Chennai
132.                Sucharita Sen New Delhi
133.                Hiren Gandhi AHMEDABAD
134.                Saroop Dhruv AHMEDABAD
135.                Gita Jayaraj Chennai
136.                Antara Dev Sen Delhi
137.                Pratik Kanjilal Delhi
138.                NS Madhavan Kochi
139.                Mithilesh Kumar Jha Guwahati, Assam
140.                Goutam Kumar Bose Jharkhand/Jamshedpur/East Singhbhum
141.                K.P. Sasi Bangalore
142.                Sandeep Pandey Lucknow, U.P.
143.                firoz delhi
144.                Prasad V Trivandrum
145.                Ajith Pillai New Delhi
146.                Rev. E. Immanuel Nehemiah Karnataka, Bangalore
147.                Ashok Shrimali Ahmedabad
148.                Usha Rai, Gurugram 122017, Haryana
149.                Dulal Sen Assam Guwahati Kamrup
150.                Ekabali Ghosh Kolkata
151.                Arun Kumar Gurgaon
152.                Nandini Manjrekar Mumbai
153.                Meena Gopal Bombay
154.                Ashish Kothari Pune, Maharashtra
155.                Farida khan Delhi
156.                Anand Patwardhan Maharashtra
157.                abha bhaiya Himachal Pradesh, dharmashala, Kangra
158.                Zoya Hasan Delhi
159.                Sonia Jabbar Darjeeling District
160.                Gautam Gupta Kolkata, West Bengal
161.                Akhtar Ehtisham New York, USA
162.                Vijay Prashad LeftWord Books.
163.                Rushda New Delhi
164.                Zoha Florida/Boca Raton/West Palm Beach
165.                Dipankar Bhattacharya New Delhi
166.                Sukla Sen Mumbai
167.                Preeti Mehra New Delhi
168.                Prabhat Kumar Delhi
169.                Sarwar khan Pune, Maharastra
170.                Tariq Islam Uttar Pradesh/Aligarh/Aligarh
171.                Manoj T Sarang Kerala / Thalassery / Kannur
172.                Annie Raja Delhi, New Delhi
173.                Neha Naqvi New Delhi
174.                Gauhar Raza New Delhi
175.                Arvind Sivaramakrishnan Chennai
176.                Arun Mitra Ludhiana Punjab
177.                Anand Swaroop Verma U P/Noida/Gautam Buddha Nagar
178.                N. Paul Divakar Delhi
179.                Adv.Anastasia Gill Delhi
180.                Vimal Bhanot Rajasthan /Pilani/Jhunjhnu
181.                PK Sarkar Bengal/ Bankura
182.                Suneeta Dhar New Delhi
183.                Sagari Ramdas Telangana
184.                Kalyani Menon Sen Gurgaon, Haryana
185.                Nityanand Jayaraman Chennai, Tamil Nadu
186.                Sanjiv Shah Ahmedabad
187.                Arundhati Dhuru Lucknow
188.                Sandeep Pandey Lucknow
189.                Indira Chandrasekhar New Delhi
190.                Aban Raza Delhi
191.                A. Mangai Chennai, Tamil Nadu
192.                Deepshikha Shahi New Delhi
193.                Pallab Sengupta New Delhi
194.                Ahmar Raza New Delhi
195.                Arushi Vats New Delhi
196.                Partho Sarothi Ray Kolkata
197.                Nandita Narain Delhi
198.                Sanjay Kumar Delhi
199.                SR Darapuri I.P.S.(Retd) U.P. Lucknow
200.                Satwik Raj Jharkhand
201.                Nuzhat Kazmi Delhi
202.                Kamal Chenoy new delhi
203.                Siraj Kazmi U.P/Allahabad
204.                Rafeeq Ellias Mumbai
205.                Nikhat Fatima Hyderabad
206.                Amitava Chakraborty Delhi
207.                John Dayal Delhi
208.                Karen Gabriel Delhi
209.                Latha Jishnu Delhi
210.                Atul Bhardwaj New Delhi
211.                Pallavi Sobti Rajpal Ahmedabad
212.                Khursheed Ahmed Canada
213.                Admiral L. Ramdas Alibagh
214.                Lalita Ramdas Alibagh
215.                Imrana Qadeer New Delhi
216.                Vivan Sundaram New Delhi
217.                Aatika Singh New Delhi
218.                Mritiunjoy Mohanty Kolkata, West Bengal
219.                Neshat Quaiser Delhi
220.                Faraz Ahmad Delhi
221.                Dr Asha Saxena Ahmad Delhi
222.                Samir Faraz Delhi
223.                Nidhi Singh Delhi
224.                Shweta Damle Mumbai
225.                Kamayani Bali Mahabal Mumbai
226.                Chayanika Shah Mumbai
227.                Avishek Konar Sonipat, Haryana
228.                Komal Mohite Mumbai
229.                N.D.Jayaprakash1 Delhi
230.                Ranjan Solomon Salcete, Goa
231.                Badayl Salcete Goa
232.                Roselle Goa
233.                Leila Passah Karnataka, Bangalore
234.                Bittu K R Sonipat Haryana
235.                Shailesh joshi Mumbai
236.                कामाक्षी भाटे Mumbai
237.                अद्वैत पेडणेकर मुंबई
238.                गुरुनाथ पेडणेकर मुंबई
239.                प्रमोद मुजुमदार पुणे
240.                Ahsan Solapur
241.                Renuka Kad Aurangabad
242.                Yusuf Hajarat Bennur Hubballi ,Karnataka
243.                नितीन सामंत डोंबिवली
244.                विदुला रमाबाई बेंगळुरू
245.                Shafique Qazi Solapur
246.                Arshad Shaikh Navi Mumbai
247.                उज्ज्वला मेहेंदळे पुणे
248.                Sandhya Mhatre Mumbai
249.                दिलीप जोशी ठाणे
250.                Ramesh Sawant Mumbai
251.                प्रतिमा जोशी मुंबई
252.                प्रभा गणोरकर अमरावती(महाराष्ट)
253.                Sandhya Phadke Pune
254.                Megha Pansare Kolhapur
255.                Vanessa Chishti Sonipat
256.                Snehil Manohar SIngh Dehradun
257.                Anish Vanaik Delhi
258.                Kriti Budhiraja New Delhi
259.                Sumanta Banerjee Hyderabad, Telangana state
260.                Nayanika Chattopadhyay Kolkata
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