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Indian NGOs, Parties, Figures Voice Full Support for Palestinians

TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of the Indian NGOs, parties, movements and figures issued a statement to express their full support for the Palestinians and full restoration of their rights, and underlined that they would take any action to this end, including a boycott of Israel on all scenes.

The following is the full text of the declaration.

Declaration of


We the Asian Peoples and Nations extend our solidarity to the courageous people of Palestine in their struggle, resistance, and intifada against the Zionist Israeli occupation and affirm our commitment to:

Palestinian Self-Determination
Ending the Occupation
Boycotting Apartheid Israel
Equal Rights for All within historic Palestine
The full Right of Return for Palestinian refugees

We endorse the Cairo Declaration of 2010; the United Palestinian call of July 2005 for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel to comply with international law; the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI); and all other initiatives to end the occupation of Palestine.

To that end, we call for, and commit to, build and participate in a global democratic people's movement to work in alliance with the people of Palestine for the freedom of Palestine and resolve to constitute Asian People's Solidarity for Palestine, an alliance of peoples' organizations, social movements and civil society institutions of peoples of Asia.
In view of:
Israel's ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians through the illegal occupation and siege of Gaza; the illegal occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the continued construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall and settlements; the contempt for Palestinian democracy shown by Israel, the US, Canada, the EU and others after the Palestinian elections of 2006; the war crimes committed by Israel; the continuing discrimination and repression faced by Palestinians within Israel; and the continuing exile of millions of Palestinian refugees; the Zionist ideology which underpins Israel and a source of legitimization for all oppressive acts;

We commit to:

o Build solidarity of Asian people for the freedom of Palestine
o Provide materials, resources, and volunteers to support the struggle of the people of Palestine
o Support and reinforce the boycott of Israeli products and financial divestment from companies directly implicated in the Occupation and/or the Israeli military industries
o Campaign for non-cooperation with academic, cultural and sport events of Israeli institutions
o Oppose our own governments' decisions and actions that give economic, financial, military and diplomatic support to Israel and allow it to behave with impunity
o Build a campaign for the prosecution of Israeli government for war crimes
o Endeavor to restore UN Resolution 3379 that equates Zionism with Racism, and endorsement by the international community

We demand that the Israeli government immediately:
o End the Siege of Gaza
o Dismantle the Israeli Settlements, demolish the Apartheid Wall and remove all the checkposts that have turned Palestine into the largest open air prison-cum-concentration camp for its 2.5 million inhabitants
o Stop targeted assassinations of the Palestinian leadership and the indiscriminate brutalization, torture, and killing of civilians
o Release the more than 11,000 Palestinian men, women and children languishing in Israeli prisons

o We unite with all peoples' movements and national resistances, peace loving citizens and democratic states of the world for the establishment of a Sovereign, Independent and Democratic State of Palestine with Jerusalem as the capital.


Endorsing Organizations:
Dr. Suresh Khairnar - All India Secular Forum, National Convenor
Adv. Mukul Sinha - Jan Sangarsh Manch, National President
Brig. Sudhir Sawant - Pariwartan Morcha, National President
Mujataba Farooq bhai - Hind-Philistine Manch, National Convenor
Niaz Faruqi - Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Hind, National Working Committee
Pannalal Surana - Rashtriya Seva Dal, National Convenor
Bhai Vaidya - Socialist Party of India
Prof Imtiyaz Ahmad -
Syed Babar Ashraf - All India Ulema & Masshaikh Board
Anil Chaudhary - Insaaf
Com. Sanjay Singhvi - Trade Union Centre of India, General Secretary
Sunilam - Kisan Morcha, National Convenor
Qamar Agha - Peace & a senior journalist
Kishore Jagtap - Bharat Bachao Andolan - National Vice-President
Ambarish Rai - Right to Education Forum, National Convenor
Rakesh Rafique - Yuva Bharat
Saeed Noorie - Raza Academy, National Convenor
Varsha V V - Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar & Mahatma Phule Vichar Manch, Convenor
Insha Malik - Indian Youth for Palestine (Member, National Committee)
PK Sundaram - Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament
Jyoti Badekar - Awami Bharat (Member, National Committee)
Akshay Kumar - Nav Nirman Samiti (National Convenor)
Gopal Rai - Teesra Swadheenta Sangram, National President
Ajit Jha - Lokrajniti Manch, (Member, National Committee)
Mahesh Pandey - Asha Pariwaar
Aslam Khan - Revolutionary Youth Movement (Member, National Committee)
Sandeep Singh - All India Students Association, National President
Sohel Ajani - Hussaini Youth & Ishna Asheri Youth Foundation
Zahid Qadri - Help Hyderabad!!, Convenor
Mustafa Zaidi - Tanzeem-i-Jafri
Mukta Srivastava - NAPM
Satinath Choudhary - Dalit Right's
Kavita Srivastava - PUCL
Adv. Albertina Almeida - Communal Harmony-Goa
Navaid Hamid - National Integration Council
Arshad Mirza - Bharatiya Muslim Party
Bipin Tripathi - Sadhbhavna Mission
Vidyadhar Date - Senior columnist, Times of India
Sunil Shinde - Lokshahi Mohatsav
Yawar Ali Qazi - National Minorities Federation


1) Justice Rajinder Sacchar ( Renowned lawyer and a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Member, United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Senior Advisor & counsel for the People's Union for Civil Liberties)
2) Medha Patkar ( Leader of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, National Convenor, National Alliance of People's Movements, Winner, Right Livelihood Award, Goldman Environment Prize & Human Right's Defenders Award, Amnesty International)
3) Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat (former Chief of the Naval Staff of India. Committed to Asian & Third World Solidarity)
4) Mahesh Bhatt (Noted Filmmaker & widely respected for his commitment to the cause of religious harmony & Indo-Pakistan relations)
5) Adv. Mukul Sinha (Leading Legal & Human Rights luminary & noted for his struggle in Gujarat to protect the rights of the minorities. National Convenor, Jan Sangarsh Manch)
6) Admiral Ramdas (Winner of the Magsaysay Award for peace for his efforts in trying to demilitarize and denuclearize South Asia)
7) Syeda Hameed (Committed to the upliftment of Women & member of the National Planning Commission of India)
8) Seema Mustafa (Eminent columnist & former political editor, Asian Age & an expert on Palestine)
9) Advocate Yusuf Muchala (Renowned & respected jurist & legal crusader for human rights & justice, Advisor to the Muslim Personal Law Board of India)
10) Swami Agnivesh (ex-Member of Parliament, President - World Council of AryaSamaj, Chairperson - Bonded Labor Liberation Front )
11) Prof. Zeenat Shaukat Ali (Noted Writer & advocate of Women's' Rights & an expert on Palestine)
12) Dr. Suresh Khairnar (Renowned Gandhian & Socialist. Has devoted his life to the cause of religious harmony)
13) Prof. Achin Vanaik (Renowned Professor of Political Science & a leading voice of the Palestinian solidarity movement in India, leader of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, CNDP)
14) Ghulam Pesh Imam (Philantrophist & active social worker)
15) Lalita Ramdas (Chair, Greenpeace International & Peace Activist committed to India-Pakistan friendship)
16) Sandeep Pandey (Winner of the Magsaysay award & convenor of the National Alliance of People's Movements)
17) Adv Niloufer Bhagwat (noted legal & human rights luminary)
18) Anand Patwardhan (Documentary Filmmaker of national & international repute, having one numerous awards of popular & critical acclaim)
19) Shahid Siddiqui (Editor Nai Duniya, ex-Member of Parliament, leader of the Samajwadi Party)
20) Brigadier Sudhir Sawant (ex-Member of Parliament & National President, Shiv Rajya Party)
21) SS Yadav (Renowned Dalit Economist & Leader of the Republican Party of India)
22) Hanumant Upre (Writer & National Leader of the Other Backward Castes.)
23) Pradeep Dhoble (Noted Writer & Bahujan Intellectual)