1.6 Crore Indian Farmers Join ‘Boycott Israel Movement’; Israel calls the move “Communist”

Source: Whatthebeep

All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), has unanimously announced that it has joined the BDS movement. AIKS, the largest national organization representing farmers and agricultural workers in India,  is spread across 21 states in India and is over 16 million members strong.

AIKS has resolved to encourage the call for Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with international law, in order to stand for the rights of the Palestinian people and to resist the corporate takeover of Indian agriculture sector by Israeli companies. The organisation aims to denounce and document any cases of Israeli corporate takeover in the Indian agro-sector. They also plan to raise awareness among Indian farmers to prevent Israel and its corporations from reaping profits in India that finance military occupation and apartheid in Palestine.

In a statement, the organization said it endorsed BDS efforts in order to support the “rights of the Palestinian people and to resist the corporate takeover of Indian agriculture sector by Israeli companies.”

AIKS also says it will work to “raise awareness among Indian farmers to prevent Israel and its corporations from reaping profits in India that finance military occupation and apartheid in Palestine.”

The South Asia Coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee said that the move sent a message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders of Israel and the US.

“By joining the BDS movement, AIKS is saying no to the hateful politics of Prime Minister Modi, Netanyahu and Trump, and joining us to build a more free, just and equal world,” it said in a statement.

Israel and India have historically close ties. In July Modi visited Israel — the first visit by an Indian head of state — in a celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Netanyahu announced recently he is planning to travel to India in January as a follow-up on Modi’s visit.

Apoorva, the South Asia Coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee said:

Indian solidarity with the Palestinian people is not new, it has a long history. We are very glad to see this solidarity re-emerge with All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) declaration of support for the BDS movement and the Palestinian people.

Grassroots movements in India, Palestine and beyond are working to defeat the violent wave of right-wing politics plaguing our world today. By joining the BDS movement, AIKS is saying no to the hateful politics of Prime Minister Modi, Netanyahu and Trump, and joining us to build a more free, just and equal world.

All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) was formed in 1936, before India’s independence from British colonialism. It played a critical role in mobilizing farmers and agricultural workers to end British imperialism.

More recently, AIKS has actively resisted the corporate takeover of Indian agriculture and the two decades of neo-liberal policies which have led to massive indebtedness and farmer suicides.

 

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