International issues: Outside embassy, JNU students protest against Israel’s Gaza attack
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) on Monday protested against Israel's attack on Gaza Strip, outside the Israel Embassy.
JNUSU president V Lenin Kumar said the attack on Gaza was an act of aggression that should be condemned by the international community.
He criticised the Barack Obama regime for supporting Israel's aggressive foreign policy and said they had an "imperialist agenda".
Police had barricaded the embassy area. Students highlighted the issue of civilian casualties in Gaza.
"Over 1,000 people were injured in the attack. More than 70 per cent of these are women and children," Lenin Kumar said.
Over 250 students from JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University participated in the demonstration.
Some faculty members, including professors Mohan Rao, Ayesha Kidwai, Nivedita Menon, Kamal Mitra Chenoy and Susan Viswanathan, and activist Seema Mustafa also addressed the gathering.
In the wake of the recent developments in West Asia, the students questioned the role of the UPA government in the entire situation.
They said the Manmohan Singh government had a remained a mute spectator to the situation in Gaza, "seeking closer strategic relationship with the US".
Kumar said, "Being one of the largest customers of the Israeli defence industry, the UPA is spending public money on subsidising Israeli aggression. The government is subverting the anti-colonial and anti-imperialist legacy of our freedom movement, when we stood shoulder to shoulder with the aspirations and rights of the Palestinian people."
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