ASIAN PEOPLE'S SOLIDARITY FOR PALESTINE
INDIA LIFELINE TO GAZA
MEET THE FIRST EVER INDIAN ACTIVISTS TO ENTER GAZA-PALESTINE
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malayasia, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, UK!!
Venue: MARATHI PATRAKAR SANGH, AZAD MAIDAN, MUMBAI.
Time: 4.30 pm
Date: January 19, 2011/ Wednesday
Chased by Israeli warships and warplanes in the Meditteranean Sea... held hostage in a cargo ship off Egypt without passports.. the amazing story of grit and determination of more than a 120 activists from 17 Asian countries, over 50 of them from India alone, who entered Gaza (Palestine) last week after a historic month-long 8,000-km bus-ride through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.
The 56 member Indian delegation set of from the shrine of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, New Delhi on the 2nd of December, 2010 & returned home on the 8th of January, 2011. With them, they took life-saving medical equipment, food items, clothes and other aid worth $1 million, weighing 170 tons, for the people of Gaza who continue to suffer unspeakable hardships for nearly five years under the inhuman, genocidal & illegal blockade imposed by the Zionist Israeli-US regimes.
Through its journey, the caravan was greeted by tens of thousands of people and their leaders that included, among others, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hamas chief Khalid Mishal and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, as well as by the leadership of the Baath Party in Syria.
You are cordially invited to meet the delegates at the press conference and share their experience through our testimonies, as well as their rich collection of videos and photographs that documented the historic journey.
The activists included a diverse range of representation from from across the spectrum of people's movements. The delegation from Mumbai itself included Brigadier Sudhir Sawant, West Asian expert and peace activist Feroze Mithiborwala, Arif Kapadia, Pooja Badekar, Shadab Siddiqui, Rahul Gharat, Amruta Waske &Ajay Soni. Student activists from Vidyarthi Bharati in Mumbai, and students from JNU and Jamia Millia comprised the Indian contingent. The Indian delegates hailed from UP, Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand, among others.
KISHOR JAGTAP, Vice-President, Awami Bharat, NAZAR MAHDOO, President-Maharashtra, Jamat-i-Islami, ANAND SWAROOP VERMA, Editor, Teesri Duniya, JYOTI BADEKAR, President, Marathi Bharti, ASLAM GHAZI, Secretary-Maharashtra, Jamat-i-Islami
SYED IFTIKHAR AHMED, Writer & Editor, FARID KHAN, Indians for Justice, ZUBAIR AZMI, Indians for Justice, SARFARAZ ARZU, Editor, Hindustan Daily, MERAJ SIDDIQUI, Muslim Intellectual Forum, ASIF KHAN, Journalist, FAROOQ MAPKAR, Awami Bharat, SQR ILYAS, Spokesperson, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, ZAFARUL ISLAM KHAN, Editor, Milli Gazette,
ANIL CHAUDHARY, President, Insaaf, YAWAR ALI QAZI, Shivrajya Party, SHYAM SONAR, Republican Panther, SUDHIR DHAWALE, Republican Panther, MULNIWASI MALA, Phule-Ambedkar Vichar Manch, JAGDISH NAGARKAR, Phule-Ambedkar Vichar Manch, GAUHAR IQBAL, President, Palestine Solidarity Forum, TITO EAPEN, Awami Bharat, WINNIE THOMAS, Awami Bharat, TASLEEM RAHMANI, President, Muslim Political Council of India, ASLAM KHAN, Vice-President, AISA, SHEHEEN, Solidarity Youth Movement, BISHRUDDEN SHARQI, ex-President, Students' Islamic Organisation, BADAR KHAN, Student, Jamia Millia Islamia, KHUSHBOO KUMARI, Student, JNU, MOHAMMAD IRFAN, General Secretary, Subjects Association, Nelson Mandela Centre, Jamia Millia, SALEEL CHEMBAYIL, Student, Jamia Millia