18 December 2010

Asia Lifeline to Gaza

Civil resisters from 17 Asian countries will march through 18 Asian cities of India, Pakistan, IranTurkey, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt to break the siege of Gaza. At the same time, PBKMS is clear that it is against anti-semitism in all its forms. The caravan is now stuck in Syria because of a diplomatic spat.

The Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan is being organised by the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine, an alliance of peoples’ organisations, social movements, trade unions, and civil society institutions of Asia. This struggle is broad-based, varied and multi-dimensional. It is humanitarian and for peace, freedom and human dignity. It is against occupation, imperialism, apartheid, Zionism -- but not against the people of Israel or of the Jewish faith -- and all forms of discrimination, including religious discrimination.

One of the core members of the organising committee of the India Lifeline to Gaza has been NTUI (New Trade Union Inititative). Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity (PBKMS), an affiliate of NTUI, is also part of it with trade unionist Swapan Ganguly joining in the Caravan.

The Caravan got an heartwarming welcome in Iran, with Iraninan President Mahmoud  Ahmadinejad  visiting them in a felicitation function at the Tehran University.  

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