Protest marches and demonstration were organised across the country from November 7 to 10, 2023, as part of the three day united call given by CPI(ML) and other left parties. On November 8, a massive march was taken out from Mahajati Sadan by the left parties in Kolkata. The march witnessed thousands rallying against the on-going Israel’s genocidal war on the people of Gaza and called for immidiate ceasefire. Condemning the war, the protest expressed solidarity with the people of Palestine and their struggle against Israel’s settler colonial policy and military occupation.
CPIML Politburo members Com. Kartik Pal and Com. Abhijit Mazumdar led the march along with other leaders of the left parties. Com. Abhijit Mazumdar said that the Israel’s war is nothing but ethnic cleaning of Palestinians and it is attempting another Nakba on the people of Gaza. Hundreds of people, including children are being killed by Israel on daily-basis in Gaza and this needs to stop now.
On November 8, Jharkhand’s Dhanbad also witnessed a protest at Randhir Verma Chowk calling for Ceasefire in Gaza and end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine. CPIML District Secretary Com. Karthik Prasad expressing solidarity with Palestine noted that silence of western countries like the US and UK is shameful and clearly these country are complicit in the genocide against Palestinians that is being perpetuated by Israel.
A demonstration was organised in Haldwani, Uttarakhand on November 8 as part the joint call calling for ceasefire in Gaza and end to Israel’s genocidal war.
AICCTU Warns Against ‘Export’ of Indian Workers to Israel
On November 10, AICCTU and All India Contstruction Workers Federation (AICWF) condeming the Indian government’s attempt to export Indian workers to Israel to replace Palestinain workers organised at a protest at Kolkata’s Moulali. CPIML General Secretary Com. Dipankar speaking at the protest said that even as Israel escalates its genocidal war on Palestine with incessant bombing and ground invasion of Gaza, killing almost 10,000 Palestinians including more than 4000 children and levelling major parts of Gaza, reports are afloat that the Israeli and Indian governments are in talks for “export” of Indian workers to replace Palestinians whose work permits have been revoked and have been expelled from Israel. Similar protest was also organised in Rayagada District of Odisha under the banner of AICCTU and AICWF.
Nothing could be more immoral and disastrous for India than the said “export” of workers to Israel. That India is even considering “exporting” works shows the manner in which it has dehumanized and commodified Indian workers. Such step will amount to complicity on India's part with Israel's ongoing genocidal war against Palestinians and will naturally have adverse implications for Indian workers in the entire region.
AICCTU has warned the Modi government not to invest in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the genocidal war it is waging on the Palestinians. It also called upon Indian workers to boycott Israel cargos and refuse to load or unload them.