• #NotoNetanyahu No to complicity with Israel’s Apartheid

    Statement by Activists, Academics and Concerned Citizens

    January 22, 2018

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    In the coming week, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will tour different cities of India along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This visit comes at the beginning of a year that sees Israel globally ever more isolated and ever more aggressively advancing its ethnic cleansing and annexation of Palestinian land. To invite the leader of Israel’s apartheid regime for a diplomatic visit is nothing short of an open endorsement of Israel's crimes and ominous for the Palestinian and the Indian people.

    2018 marks 70 years since the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to forcibly establish Israel. The process of making Palestinians refugees, destroying villages and towns, conquering lands that began then continues till today. Israel has established a regime of settler-colonialism, occupation and apartheid against Palestine which operates in utter violation of international law and human rights. Israel’s exceptionalism rests on the support it still receives from western imperialist powers and increasingly now from India.

    After the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in violation of international law and Palestinian rights, the thuggishness of both Trump and Israel have been opposed by the entire world in the UN General Assembly resolution ES‑10/L.22 in which 128 countries voted against this decision. This was met with open threats by the US Ambassador to the UN. And now, Modi rolls out the red carpet for Israel, all out to build the alliance of Hindutva and Zionism and to strengthen a Trump-Israel-Modi axis of anti-democratic policies of exclusion, repression and supremacy.

    This visit is being hailed as a milestone in Israel-India relations. What really have these relations done for India? India is the biggest importer of Israeli weapons, which go on to strengthen the capacities of repression of the Indian government against any form of dissent and undermine our democracy. Israel’s technology in agriculture is bringing forth unsustainable contract farming models. Despite having been shown to be disastrous in its impact, Israeli state and corporate investments in Indian agriculture are garnering favours by state governments. Israel is assisting the increase in surveillance technology, it is privatizing water resources, and yet it is being celebrated by pro-government agencies. These trade and military relations finance the repression of Palestinians and help Israel’s PR attempts to whitewash its crimes.

    There is another connection between Modi and Netanyahu- their visceral fear of resistance. Palestinians have shown the path to the rest of world with their valiant and ongoing resistance in the face a brutal regime, sustained by imperialist powers. 12 years ago, Palestinians have called upon the world to join their resistance by building a movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This movement has grown across the world to become one of the biggest challenges to Israel’s apartheid in its efforts to hold Israel accountable for its crimes and isolating it till it respects Palestinian human rights.

    Israel is currently engaged in an all-out "war on BDS" but it is compelled to acknowledge that all its money and military cannot stop people from acting in solidarity. The movement continues to grow. Similarly, in India, dissenting voices of Dalits, minorities, farmers, students, journalists, etc. are regularly threatened, attacked and even killed by henchmen of the ruling regime and delegitimized as ‘anti-national’. Four senior judges of the Supreme Court of India have recently expressed their grave concern at the state of democracy in India, showing just how each aspect of civil rights and freedoms in India is under threat.

    Palestinians were inspired by the Indian experience of boycotts when they launched their call for BDS. Today, we have to remember the history of Indian solidarity with Palestine and inspire ourselves with the steadfastness and courage of the Palestinian resistance.

    We, the undersigned, refuse to be a part of the growing complicity of India in Israel’s crimes. We are deeply aware of the political climate of India today and how, with this alliance of Hindutva and Zionism, we are endangering our future as a nation. It is more important than ever before for the progressive and liberal political forces and individuals to come together to extend steadfast solidarity to the Palestinian resistance. Standing for Palestine is to stand for justice, freedom, equality and secularism- in Palestine, in India and everywhere. Supporting the BDS movement is to stand up to corporate bulldozing everywhere. Standing for Palestine is standing on the right side of history. Therefore, we wish to state in absolutely clear terms- Netanyahu is not welcome here!

    Individual Endorsements:

    1. Geeta Kapur, Art Critic, Art Historian and Curator
    2. Vivan Sundaram, Contemporary Artist
    3. Anuradha Kapur, Theatre Director
    4. Ram Rahman, Photographer
    5. Pushpamala N, Artist
    6. Shivasundar, Editor, Gauri Lankesh Patrike
    7. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    8. Madan Gopal Singh, Musician
    9. Saba Dewan, Filmmaker
    10. Sharmila Samant, Academic, Shiv Nadar University
    11. Uma Chakravarti, Feminist Historian
    12. Sadanand Menon, Academic, Art Curator and Photographer
    13. Pramod Balakrishnan, Architect
    14. Belinder Dhanoa, Writer and Artist
    15. Prabhat Patnaik, Renowned Economist and Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    16. Shaina Anand, Filmmaker
    17. Archana Hande, Artist
    18. Arvind Sivaramakrishnan, Academic
    19. Indira Chandrasekhar, Publisher
    20. K P Jayasankar, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
    21. Kalpana Sahni, Author
    22. Shivaji K Panikkar, Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    23. Shireen Jungalwala, Director, Chemould Prescott Road
    24. Madhusree Dutta, Filmmaker
    25. A. Mangai, Theatre Activist
    26. Gita Jayaraj, Research Scholar
    27. Nayantara Sehgal, Writer
    28. Mary E John, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, Delhi
    29. Imrana Qadeer, Retired Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    30. Vinod Bhardwaj, Writer 
    1. Tishani Doshi, Poet and Dancer
    2. Achin Vanaik, Retd. Professor of International Relations, University of Delhi
    3. Pamela Philipose, Journalist
    4. Jahangir Asgar Jani, Artist
    5. Gauhar Raza, Poet and Artist
    6. Anjali Monteiro, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    7. Rania MADI, Alternative Refugee Center, Geneva, Switzerland
    8. Ranjan Solomon, Director, BADAYL- International
    9. Periyasamy
    10. Deepa Natarajan
    11. Ramdas Rao, People’s Union for Civil Liberties
    12. Subba Ghosh, Artist
    13. Vijay Prashad, Chief Editor, LeftWord Books
    14. Uma V Chandru, Bangalore
    15. Banojyotsna, United Against Hate
    16. Marcy Newman, Author: The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans
    17. Subhash Gatade, Writer and Activist
    18. S.Kannaiyan, South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM)
    19. Kavita Krishnan, All India Progressive Women’s Association, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)
    20. Prabir Purkayastha, Founding Editor, Newsclick.in
    21. Arundhati Ghosh, India Foundation for the Arts
    22. Rahul Roy, Filmmaker
    23. Harsh Mander, Social Worker and Writer
    24. Gautam Navlakha, Human Rights Activist
    25. Ilina Acharya, Student, Ambedkar University Delhi
    26. Orijit Sen, Artist
    27. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    28. Chaman Lal, Novelist and Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    29. Roselle Solomon, Child Psychologist
    30. K Satchidanandan, Poet and co-editor, Guftugu
    31. Githa Hariharan, Writer and Founder Editor, Indian Writers Forum
    32. Sudhanva Deshpande, LeftWord Books
    1. Moloyashree Hashmi, Jana Natya Manch
    2. Anand Patwardhan, Documentary Filmmaker
    3. K. V. Subrahmanyam, Academician
    4. Ram Puniyani, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
    5. Sanam Roohi, Assistant Professor, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore
    6. Anand Chakravarti, Retd Professor of Sociology, Delhi University
    7. Vijoo Krishnan, All India Kisan Sabha
    8. Bindu N. Doddahatti, Alternative Law Forum
    9. Vikramaditya Sahai, Consultant, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    10. Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    11. Rajni Palriwala, Professor, Delhi University
    12. Meenu Pandey, Delhi
    13. Tapan Kumar Bose, Human Rights Activist and Filmmaker
    14. G. Arunima, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    15. Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist
    16. Dunu Roy, Director, Hazards Centre
    17. Nandini Sundar, Professor, Delhi University
    18. Kasturi Sen, Social Scientist
    19. Pushpendra, Patna
    20. Zoya Hasan, Retd. Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    21. Xavier Dias, Editor, Mines, Minerals and Rights
    22. Sohail Hashmi, Writer and Filmmaker
    23. Urvashi Sarkar, Independent Journalist
    24. Usman Javed, Centre for Equity Studies
    25. Burhan Qureshi, Research Scholar, Delhi University
    26. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore
    27. Subasri Krishnan, Independent Filmmaker
    28. Sukruta Alluri, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
    29. Soibam Haripriya, Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati
    30. Subhadeepta Ray, Assistant Professor, Tezpur University
    31. Apoorva Gautam, Palestine Solidarity Committee
    32. Amrapali Basumatary, Assistant Professor, Kirorimal College, Delhi University
    33. Bonojit Hussain, Independent Researcher and Activist
    1. Hiren Gandhi, Ahmedabad
    2. Saroop Dhruv, Ahmedabad
    3. Vasundhara Jairath, Guwahati
    4. Leki Thungon, Assistant Professor, Lady Sriram College, Delhi University

    Organizational Endorsements:

    1. New Socialist Initiative
    2. Editorial Collective, Indian Writers Forum
    3. Delhi Queerfest




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