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50+ academics and activists condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir, and call for military embargo on Israel

November 30, 2019
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By calling for a military embargo on Israel, we also call for ending the ties that are facilitating the current siege and crackdown in Kashmir.

In a private event held in New York City last Saturday, 23rd November, Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty made the outrageous remarks of following Israel’s model in Kashmir, in the context of return of Kashmiri Pandits. While he did not specify whether he is referring to Israel as such or the settlements in the West Bank, in his capacity as an Indian diplomat, Mr Chakravorty advocated for Israel’s policies i.e. apartheid, war crimes and ethnic cleansing to be implemented in Kashmir. Further in his address, he also said that , “Kashmiri culture is Indian culture is Hindu culture..”. The address was part of a private meeting between the Kashmiri Pandit diaspora community and Vivek Agnihotri, a film director whose brazen propaganda contributed to the coinage of the myth of ‘Urban Naxals’, a term now regularly used to persecute activists and human rights defenders in India.

While the government pretended that the abrogation of Article 370 and the subsequent crackdown in Kashmir, entering its fourth month now, was for bringing ‘development’ to Kashmir, Mr Chakravorty has inadvertently revealed the Hindu nationalist core behind this decision. It is deplorable that pain and trauma of the Kashmiri Pandit community is being weaponised for the communal agenda of the regime. It is further evident that the establishment has been permeated with its ideology, within India and outside.

The revocation of Article 370 and 35(A) was right from the beginning called out for being inspired by Israel’s settlement policy by progressive and secular voices. For the past five years, India has been the biggest importer of Israeli arms, deals that go up to $1 billion every year. Additionally, Indian companies are entering into joint ventures with Israeli weapons companies to produce drones and rifles. Israeli army delegations have visited Kashmir and Indian Police Services trainees are sent to Israel for a week as part of their program. The security cooperation between the two is elaborate and inevitably that means exchange of methods and tactics. Most recently, activists and lawyers were revealed to have been targeted by Israeli spyware Pegasus. The proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to confer ‘right of return’ to Non-Muslims from India’s neighbouring countries, just like Israel does to Jewish people across the world. There is an ideological collaboration of Hindutva and Zionism behind these arms deals and security cooperation.

The weapons and tactics that India receives from Israel are ‘field-tested’ on Palestinians. India’s arms purchases directly finance Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Earlier this month, Israel killed 34 people in Gaza in air strikes, including a family of 8. Israel’s apartheid, occupation and colonialism derives its impunity from the support it receives from states like India. Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon us to combine our struggle for democracy and secularism with that of Palestinian liberation. By calling for a military embargo on Israel, we also call for ending the ties that are facilitating the current siege and crackdown in Kashmir. That will be an effective way to truly stop the implementation of the Israeli model in Kashmir.

Endorsed:

    1. Achin Vanaik, Retd. Professor of International Relations, University of Delhi
    2. Pamela Philipose, Senior Journalist
    3. Githa Hariharan, Writer
    4. Tapan Bose, Filmmaker and Human Rights defender
    5. Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary, CPIML Liberation
    6. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, AIPWA
    7. Nandita Narain, Associate Professor, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
    8. Apoorvanand, Professor, Department of Hindi, Delhi University
    9. Nivedita Menon, JNU
    10. Nuzhat Kazmi, Professor, Faculty of Fine Art, Jamia Millia Islamia
    11. Vivan Sundaram, Artist
    12. Sukrita Lahiri, PhD Scholar, JNU
    13. Sukla Sen, Peace Activist, Mumbai
    14. Marcy Newman, author of The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans.
    15. Imrana Qadeer, CSD, Delhi
    16. Uma V Chandru, Anthropologist and Rights Activist
    17. Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker
    18. Gautam Mody, General Secretary, New Trade Unions Initiative
    19. Sudhanva Deshpande, Theatre Artist and Publisher
    20. Aparna Sundar, Independent Researchers, Toronto
    21. Dean Accardi, Assistant Professor of History, Connecticut College, USA 
    22. Raja Qaiser Ahmad, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan 
    23. Omer Aijazi, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada 
    24. Dibyesh Anand, Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster, UK 
    25. Mirza Saaib Beg, Lawyer, London, UK 
    26. Mona Bhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University, USA 
    27. Emma Brännlund, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK 
    28. Farhan Mujahid Chak, Associate Professor, Qatar University, Qatar 
    29. Iffat Fatima, Filmmaker, India 
    30. Javaid Hayat Khan, Ph. D. Independent Researcher and Analyst, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 
    31. Serena Hussain, Associate professor, Coventry University, UK 
    32. Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh, Lawyer and Legal Researcher, India 
    33. Nitasha Kaul, Associate Professor, University of Westminster, UK 
    34. Suvir Kaul, A.M. Rosenthal Professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
    35. Fozia Nazir Lone, Associate Professor of International Law, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
    36. Laura Lucia Notaro, Consultant, Sustainable Development, Milan, Italy 
    37. Inshah Malik, Assistant Professor, Kardan University, Kabul, Afghanistan 
    38. Deepti Misri, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA 
    39. Preetika Nanda, Research Scholar, India 
    40. Immad Nazir, Research Scholar, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany 
    41. Idrisa Pandit, Independent Scholar, Waterloo, Canada 
    42. Samina Raja, Professor, University of Buffalo, USA 
    43. Mehroosh Tak. Lecturer, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK 
    44. Nishita Trisal, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 
    45. Saiba Varma, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA 
    46. Ather Zia, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado, USA 
    47. Gautam Navlakha, PUDR and Newsclick
    48. Sunaina Maira, Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis and a founding organizer of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel  (USACBI)
    49. US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
    50. Ahmar Raza  
    51. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Former Member of Indian Parliament and diplomat
    52. Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University  
    53. John King, New York University/cultural worker 
    54. Stefan Kipfer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada 
    55. Rana Khan, Toronto

November 30, 2019
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