Israel-Palestine Conflict: AAIIMIIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi Voices Support for Palestine
The Israel-Palestine conflict has once again come to the forefront of international attention, with tensions escalating between the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Israel. Amidst this turmoil, Asaduddin Owaisi, the prominent leader of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AAIIMIIM), voiced his support for Palestine in a tweet posted on Wednesday.
Owaisi, in his tweet, declared, “Long live Palestine, down with violence (mainly by Israel or any other group/organization).” He further emphasized the significance of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, which is regarded as the third holiest site in Islam, following Mecca and Medina.
This isn’t the first time that Owaisi has openly expressed his support for Palestine. On Monday, he asserted that India had historically stood with Palestine. He claimed that India’s policy on Palestinian issues changed when the Congress party came to power.
According to AAIIMIIM, Owaisi stated, “A deceased leader of the BJP – who was also the Prime Minister of the country – had once said that Arab land has been occupied. We issued a postage stamp for our solidarity with Palestine. Our policy has consistently favored Palestine. When the Congress came to power, this policy changed.”
Owaisi referenced a viral video of former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee speaking in favor of Palestine without mentioning names.
Moreover, AAIIMIIM’s chief mentioned the Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1995, which aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. He highlighted that 30 years have passed since the accords were signed, and it is well-known that Al-Aqsa Mosque exists in Jerusalem. Gaza Strip has been under a blockade for the past 16 years, rendering it an open-air prison.
To provide context, Hamas launched a significant attack on Israel on October 7th, involving rocket barrages in the southern and central regions of the country, coupled with ground assaults on civilians. In response, Israel declared a state of war. The Hamas-Israel conflict has now entered its fifth day, with over 1,000 casualties reported, more than 2,800 injured, and 50 individuals confirmed missing or detained due to attacks involving rockets and airstrikes by terrorist organizations in Gaza.
The ongoing retaliatory strikes have claimed the lives of more than 770 Palestinians in aerial attacks. The Gaza Health Ministry reported over 4,000 other individuals wounded. Among the deceased, 140 are children, and 120 are women.
In summary, the Israel-Palestine conflict has ignited once again, with both sides experiencing significant losses and casualties. Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AAIIMIIM, has reiterated his support for Palestine and expressed concern over the escalating violence, emphasizing the historical stance of India in favor of Palestine.
The Israel-Palestine conflict is a complex and longstanding issue that continues to provoke international concern. The recent exchange of hostilities between Hamas and Israel has resulted in significant human suffering, and the world is closely watching the situation, hoping for a peaceful resolution to this enduring conflict.