New Delhi: Palestinians do not accept the position of Israel and that’s why Israel carries out military attacks on them in Gaza at regular interval, said Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, Editor, The Milli Gazette (English fortnightly) while speaking as Expert Speaker at the weekly Special Lecture program on Saturday here at the headquarters of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. Eminent expert on West Asia affairs, Dr. Khan was delivering his speech on the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza which left around 100 Palestinians dead.
Presenting a detailed history of Palestine, Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, who also heads umbrella Muslim body All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, said Gazans are not accepting the illegal position of Israel, so it is carrying out attacks on Gaza.
The recent attacks were carried out at 11 am when schools in Gaza change their shifts and so most school-going children are out on the streets. Around 100 Palestinians, mostly women and children were killed in the recent attacks, he informed. Six Israelis died in the attacks from Gaza.
Dr. Khan said Israel tests new weapons through such attacks. This time Israel wanted to check its Iron Dome – missile shield system — for its marketing. It also wanted to check power and preparedness of Gazans, Dr. Khan said.
This time Gazans responded strongly and it dampened the spirit of Israel, so it got ready for ceasefire on 5th day of the attacks, he added.
On Arab response to the attacks, Dr. Khan said the Arab response was not good. Iran, Egypt and Turkey have come out to help Palestinians.
When asked about India-Israel relations, Dr. Khan expressed sorrow on changed policy of India towards Israel and growing military and economic relations between the two countries. He demanded India to review its policy towards Israel.
The program was presided over by Ameer-e-Jamaat Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri. While anchoring the program, Mohammad Salim Engineer, National Secretary (Public Relations) of Jamaat supported Dr. Khan’s views and also demanded Indian government to review its growing military and economic ties with Israel.