Anti-Israel protests continue in India

January 1st, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar/Kolkata, Jan 1 (ANI): Groups of youths took to streets in various parts of Srinagar, raising slogans in solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza.
Many in the Kashmir Valley have condemned the Israeli aggression against the Palestines.
The processions were led by members of the Bar Association, local intellectuals and separatist leaders.
“We want to tell the world that we are with the Palestinians. We want the aggression of Israel against the Palestinian people, their women, their children and their old and young should be stopped,” said Mian Qayoom, the President of the Kashmir Bar Association.
Similar protests took place in Kolkata.
Protestors raising slogans against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, damaged his photographs by tossing their shoes and later burnt his effigy.
On Wednesday, Israel stepped up preparations for a possible ground offensive after Hamas’’s long-range rockets hit a major population centre.
Diplomats said the deadliest conflict in the Gaza Strip in four decades appeared close to a tipping point after four days of cross-border fire killed 385 Palestinians and four Israelis.
Foreign powers have increased pressure on both sides to halt hostilities, but the public anger in Israel over the widening of the rocket attacks to include Beersheba, 40 km from the Gaza Strip, could move the government to hit the Hamas even harder. (ANI)

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