SRINAGAR: Protests against ongoing bombing of Gaza by Israel continued for the third consecutive day Wednesday in Kashmir.
Carrying placards which read “Save Gaza” and “Shame on Israel”, scores of students appeared at Lal Chowk here. They raised pro-Palestine slogans and demanded an immediate end to the aggression by Israel. “Humanity should be ashamed of the action of Israel over innocent people,” said a protesting student.
Another group of people mainly comprising youth came out from Batamaloo and marched towards Lal Chowk. “These are the saddest days for the Muslim Ummah, but the Muslim countries are watching as mute spectators. They have had the moral obligation to respond to the call of Palestinian people which they haven’t unfortunately,” the protestors said.
“While Muslims all over the world are commemorating the victory of battle of Badr on 17th of Ramadan, our brothers and sisters in Gaza are witnessing a massacre. How can we remain silent,” another protestor said.
Earlier, at the Aali Masjid, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led funeral prayers in absentia for Palestinians killed in the Israeli onslaught and also offered special prayers for the Palestinian people and their freedom, according to a Hurriyat spokesman.
The Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference passed a resolution during a ‘Nuzool Qur’an’ conference against the “killing of innocent Palestinians in the ongoing Israeli onslaught.”
“The resolution strongly criticized the role of UN and said the world body was yet to take any concrete step for putting an end to the Israeli aggression and mass killing of Palestinians,” a statement said. “Muslim countries should register a strong protest in the UN by pulling out of the world body temporarily,” the resolution said.
“The resolution also termed the role of organization of Muslim countries (OIC) and Arab League regarding the situation in Gaza as disappointing and expressed apprehensions that Israel will not only attack Muslims countries but also knock at the doors of the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah for accomplishing its sinister plan of Greater Israel.”
The Muslim countries were asked to end all diplomatic relations with Israel and ban the use of products in their respective countries.
Also, the youth wing of ruling National Conference took out a protest rally from the party headquarters here. The march was led by NC’s youth wing president Salman Ali Sagar. The protesters raised slogans in favour of Palestinians.
NC’s additional general secretary Mustafa Kamal too joined the protest later. Kamal said, “Israel should know that Allah has warned unjust and barbaric nations against His wrath. Allah’s wrath cannot be averted by Israel no matter how many super-powers try to lobby for it. Israel, by killing innocent Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan has hurt the Muslims all around the world.”
The NC activists later marched to the UNMOGIP office at Sonwar, but the UN office refused to acknowledge the memorandum submitted by the protesters.
In northern Baramulla district, the traders under the banner of Traders Federation staged a strong against the killings in Gaza. Carrying posters and banners, the traders assembled in Main Chowk and later marched to Deputy Commissioner’s office shouting slogans against Israel and in favour of Palestinians. They marched through different markets of the town and present a memorandum to DC Baramulla before disbursing peacefully.
Tariq Ahmad Magloo, general secretary of the Traders Federation, said, “We condemn Israel’s action against unarmed civilians in Gaza. Everyone should protest against Israeli government and boycott their goods.”—With Mushtaq Ahmed in Baramulla