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Palestine is the world’s largest open prison: Prof. Ramakrishnan

Saturday February 04, 2012 11:54:29 AM, RINA

New Delhi: Indian Youth for Palestine (IYP) organized the Palestine Solidarity Week With the collaboration of Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia today from 2 pm to 6:30 pm at Dayar-e-Mir Taqi Mir Hall, JMI. Students representing Centre for Centre for West Asian Studies, Conflict Analysis and Peace Building, India-Arab Cultural Centre, Faculty of Education, Law, Journalism and Architecture etc were present; nearly 80 people participated in the programme.

Eminent speakers such as Prof. Ramakrishan from Centre for West Asian Studies, JNU; Qamar Agha, Senior Journalist; Prof. Ilyas from India-Arab cultural Centre presented their thoughts on the issue of Palestine and Israel conflict. Prof. Rafiullah chaired the session. Along with the painting and poster exhibition the discussion was followed by the documentary screening namely The Wall.

Prof. Ramakrishnan stated that Palestine is the world’s largest open prison. All Palestinians are prisoners, no matter where are they living. Palestine issue is our issue because it is Human Rights issue.

Qamar Agha maintained that Palestine is the only country which is divided by the UN. While talking about the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), he further stated that PLO was the great organization and their struggle was acknowledged by everyone Arabs and Non Arabs.

Prof. Ilyas argued that we need to relocate the issue of culture in the Palestine conflict. Jews migration was the attempt to de-arabaized the Arab culture. Now, even herbs and plants are given the Hebrew names.

Prof. Rafiullah mentioned that Israel called itself as democratic state but in reality it is the most fascist and undemocratic authority.

The programme was ended with the vote of thanks by Badar Khan Suri, member of Indian Youth for Palestine. Badar Khan Suri and his colleague Amir Khan Sherwani announced about the cultural week, which they are going to organize in coming weeks. It will include the poetry recitation, movie screening and free Palestinian dance classes for students.








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