Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Opposition condemns Israeli attack on Gaza, govt mum

New Delhi: Agitated members from many opposition parties in Lok Sabha on Tuesday strongly condemned Israel attacks on civilians in Gaza, and demanded that the government make a statement and that the House pass a resolution. Urban development and parliamentary affairs minister M.Venkaiah Naidu said that government has taken note of the members’ views but refused to commit the government on the issue of either statement or resolution. “ As far as Government is concerned we don’t propose to move any resolution.,” he said. He promised to convey the views expressed by the members to the minister for external affairs, and said “Domestic politics should not affect international relations. Please understand that.”
Making the initial statement during Zero Hour, Mehbooba Mufti of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said that schools and colleges were closed in Kashmir to protest Israel’s killing of women and children in Gaza. She said that the government should convey the concerns of the House to Israel. She said that this was a one-sided onslaught and all the casualties were on the Palestinian side and none on the Israeli side.
After demands from MPs, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed other members to express their views on the Gaza issue. Congress’ Shashi Tharoor hoped that there Hamas would also accept the ceasefire plan proposed by Egypt and agreed to by Israel. Trinamool Congress’ Saugata Roy said that the “Zionists” were trying to finish off the Palestinian people. E.A.Ahmed of Indian Union of Muslim League said that India cannot sleep “over such an issue.” Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress wanted the government to bring a resolution condemning Israeli aggression and genocide in Gaza. Asaduddin Owaisi of Majlis Ittehad-e-Muslimeen (MIM) insisted that India suspend diplomatic relations with Israel and to commiserate with the plight of Palestinian people.

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