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 BDS movement against Israel : Party Congress Resolution

Web Desk‌Updated: Sunday Apr 10, 2022

In a resolution the 23rd Congress of the CPI-M reiterates its solidarity with Palestine and the Palestinian people, which is an integral part of the struggle against imperialism and communalism. The resolution says, the party is  resolve to strengthen the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement against the apartheid Israeli State and demand that the Union  government immediately cut all military and security ties with Israel. It  also demanded the immediate establishment of a Palestine State with 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital.

Starting  on March 30, 2018, the Palestinian people began a series of mass protests for the right to return to their homeland. These protests lasted for more than two years and were suspended in 2020, during the pandemic. The Israeli government killed more than 260 Palestinians, mostly by sniper fire and injured thousands more. The Israel governments attitude towards the Palestinians has turned more belligerent in the recent period, particularly after the US had recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and shifted its embassy there. The open backing of the US administration, the declaration of its Deal of the Century, emboldened the Israeli government, which had enacted a law declaring Israel as a Jewish Nation State. This law denies Arab Palestinians who are about 21 percent of the population of Israel, all their rights and marks them as second-class citizens. Many Palestinian residential areas have been converted into islands because of the construction of the apartheid wall, which separates Palestinian homes from their lands, markets, schools and places of worship.

 The Jewish State Law declared that the unified and complete city of Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This is against UN Resolutions and is a major blow to the two-State solution. The Gaza Strip, home to about two million Palestinians, is repeatedly under Israeli attack. After the Hamas takeover in 2007, Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, one that is still in place. As a result of this debilitating blockade and Israeli attacks, Gaza has become an open-air prison. During the pandemic, Israel pursued a policy of medical apartheid, denying the people of Gaza even the minimum necessary medicines. In 2020, the UN called Israeli occupation in Palestine, the longest belligerent occupation in the modern world. The BJP government and its mentor RSS, share a natural affinity with modern day Zionism and hence take pride in their friendship and association with their ideological compatriots in Israel.