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Jamaat leads anti-Israel rally

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 - 9:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The group held the protest at Azad Maidan despite a similar programme setting off a riot in August.

Some Muslim organisations have announced a conference at the weekend to protest against the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The conference that has been billed as an international gathering is to be held at the hall on the Mumbai University premises at Churchgate this weekend. The organisers say they expect delegates from some 12 countries to attend the meet.

This programme comes days after a public protest on the issue by these groups at Azad Maidan that was allowed by the police.

The organisations involved are the Palestine Solidarity Forum, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind of Maharashtra, Welfare Party of India and the Federation of Indian Minorities.

It is surprising that they have been allowed to conduct these programmes after a similar rally in August against attacks on Muslims in Assam set off a riot in which some police personnel were seriously injured and much property damaged or destroyed. Those arrested for the violence are yet to be charged.

Maulana Mohammad Aslam of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, who led the protest rally last week,  criticised the attack on Gaza, saying India should voice its support for the people of Gaza and the government ought to severe its ties with Israel over this conflict.

“We have held such rallies at the Azad Maidan for many years and till date there was no trouble. We still don’t know who orchestrated the riots in August. It was an unfortunate incident. But that should not be linked to this rally,” said Mohammad Ghazi of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

He explained that they were organising this protest to express support for the suffering Palestinian people and hoped to spread awareness through the programme and with the help of the media.

Deven Bharti, deputy commissioner of police (law and order), said he was not aware about the matter. “I am not aware about the rally. I will have to find out what it was about and how the permission was given.”

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