Mumbai Muslims stage anti-Israel protest

January 2nd, 2009 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Jan 2 (ANI): Israel’’s air raids on Gaza that have led to the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians, has convinced clerics of the All India Ulema Council to send boxes of bangles to leaders of different Arab countries.
The protestors contend that the Arab leaders ought to have taken a pro-active role in stopping the Israeli offensive since the United Nations and super powers have failed to prevent Tel Aviv from executing such offensive against the Palestinans.
The protestors said the bangles were apt medium to remind the Arab nations of their impotency vis-a-vis Israel.
The All India Ulema Council contends that if Gulf countries unite together, the Israeli action can be countered. No major Arab country has come forward to aid of Palestine.
The protesters also demanded that the United Nations declare Israel a terrorist state.
“For the past sixty years, Israelis have been killing innocents in Palestine on one or the other reason, by either bombing their areas or by firing artillery and bullets on them. Different ways of brutal attacks are being conducted on them. The situation today is that the children in Palestine do not have milk to drink and no food to eat. The Israelis are showering all ways of brutality on them. We urge the United Nations to declare Israel as a terrorist state,” said Maulana Moin Ashraf, President, Darul-ul-Uloom Ashrafia, Mumbai.
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 more than 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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