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Unpardonable criminal act, Hamas attack result of merciless Israeli oppression

By Harsh Thakor 

The ruling Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip on October 6th unleashed an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel at daybreak Saturday, firing thousands of rockets as dozens of Hamas fighters penetrated the heavily fortified border in several locations by air, land and sea and catching the country off-guard on a major holiday.
A literal bolt out of the blue, like a tiger coming out of an ambush, comprising one of the most spectacular actions in the history of Hamas. A mortal blow or tremors were created in the Israeli camp. No strange coincidence that the Hamas operation was launched exactly 50 years after the advent of the Yon Kippur War of 1973, thus resurrecting history. Action was reflection or manifestation of merciless oppression subjected on Palestinian population, by the bloodthirsty state of Israel.
Hamas which is considered a terrorist organization by most Western countries, fired 5000 homemade rockets into Israeli cities and towns; simultaneously its fighters launched first-of-its-character ground assault in Israeli history; killing over 50 Israelis; capturing about 57 Israeli soldiers and armed Israeli settlers; and taking over control of Erez crossing between Gaza Strip and Israel after killing many Israeli soldiers there. Their homemade rockets flew over a distance of 75 kilometres and struck various targets in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv. It is important to recall that after 6 years of captivity, Hamas released one single Israeli soldier in exchange of 1035 Palestinian prisoners in 2014. This is how mortal was the blow for today’s 50+ Israeli prisoners are for Israeli army in general and Prime Minister Mr Netanyahu in particular!
The death toll escalated to 200 in the Hamas militant group's intrusion in southern Israel, according to Zaka, Israel's national rescue service, making it the most lethal attack in Israel in decades. Zaka says an additional 1,100 people were wounded in the attack Saturday that took Israel by surprise. The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza reported injuries among "many citizens" without giving numbers and loudspeakers on mosques broadcast prayers of mourning for killed militants.
The Israeli military confirmed that Hamas militants are holding Israeli civilians and soldiers hostage in Gaza. The military did not declare how many hostages were seized. The attack began with an early-dawn rocket attack that lasted for nearly half an hour. Thousands of rockets were launched from inside Gaza, some travelling far as Tel Aviv, causing widespread damage. Next came an invasion from Hamas militants who had infiltrated Israel in at least seven locations. In the kibbutz of Nahal Oz, just 2.5 miles from the Gaza Strip, terrified residents who were huddled indoors said they could hear constant gunfire echoing off the buildings as firefights continued even hours after the initial attack.
In an operation of incredible intensity, Hamas gunmen stormed into as many as 22 locations outside the Gaza Strip, including towns and other communities as far as 15 miles from the Gaza border. Ismail Haniyeh, the exiled leader of Hamas, said that Palestinian fighters were "engaged in these historic moments in a heroic operation" to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
At least 100 Israelis have been killed, over 900 wounded. Dozens of Israeli soldiers and civilians are missing and Hamas is claiming that they have been held as hostages. The Health Ministry in Gaza is reporting around 200 Palestinians eliminated by Israeli air strikes and over 1,600 injured and this number is likely to escalate considerably in the coming days. Among the strikes that Israel has already undertaken , was the bombing of the tall Palestine Tower in Gaza City, which houses media institutions, offices, as well as apartments.

Provocation of Israel

The merciless destruction of civilians, whether by Hamas rockets or Israeli airstrikes, are are criminal offences in the eyes of international law. Equally unpardonable are the actions of Israel that provoked this current war, be it decades of military occupation with no sign of withdrawal, apartheid policies, recurrent massacres, and converting Gaza into an open-air prison on earth.
To analyse Hamas’s actions “unprovoked,” as the White House assessed in a statement, is to bury one’s head in the mud , ignoring decades of settlement building, land confiscation, child arrests, home demolitions, as well as recent of settler and military violence against Palestinians. Just one day before advent of this current conflict the Israeli military patronised an extremist Israeli program in the West Bank village of Huwara, causing the death of a 16-year-old Palestinian child.
In short more than condemning Hamas’s attack launched on Shabbat and Simchat Torah, we must condemn Israel for its decades of merciless human rights violations that have been the breeding ground of counter-violence. Sadly, world opinion and international media is completely inclined towards support to Israel, with very few understanding the offensive in light of the merciless oppression unleashed by the Zionists on the Palestinian population. No nation is condemning the role of Israel in enticing such a reprisal.
International democrats must be wary for a massive retaliatory operation to break the backbone of any Palestinian resurgence and elevate the hegemony of Zionism. International opinion must be built up to check it. Positive China has called for an immediate ceasefire after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his country was “ at war” following the unexprected attack by Hamas militants.
Beijing was “deeply concerned about the current escalation of tension and violence between Palestine and Israel”, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.“All parties concerned exercise calm and restraint, to cease fire immediately, to protect the civilian population and to prevent further deterioration of the situation,” it added. The armed offensives launched by the Hamas express the desire of the Palestinian people to put an end to the 75-year US-supported Israeli war of aggression against Palestine, the occupation of Palestinian territories, including the continuing siege of Gaza, and attacks against communities in the West Bank including East Jerusalem (territories recognized as part of the Palestinian state).
The Palestinian people are determined to retaliate , raged by the worsening crimes committed by Israel including the killing of Palestinians and their children in the streets, torture of Palestinian prisoners, the tightening siege of Gaza, raids on people's homes, preventing refugees from returning, attacks on mosques and so on. The armed conflict has tilted in complete favour of Israel. Wars of aggression launched by Israel against Gaza over the past 15 years led to 6,400 deaths on the Palestinian side, with Israel suffering just above 300.
The Hamas is one of the leading political organization spearheading the struggle of the Palestinian people. Whosoever categorises the armed resistance of the Palestinian people as "terrorism" are in the same camp of the US imperialists and all their cohorts. To establish its hegemony and control of oil in the Middle East, the US imperialists collude with the Zionists in Israel to suppress the wish of the Palestinian people for freedom and self-determination.

Background of recent attacks of Israel and Palestinian retaliation

From September 22nd to 29th the State of Israel has carried out numerous attacks, especially in the Gaza Strip as well as the occupied West Bank. In this area a young man has been killed in Jenin and two other young men were killed in Tulkarem. Another Palestinian youth has also succumbed from injuries sustained in the explosion in Gaza on 13th of September. These murders capped the six that already occurred in the previous days.
Since the night of Friday 22nd of September, at least five drone bombings and missile attacks have been reported against the Gaza Strip. These attacks are principally to dislodge Hamas’s defensive and surveillance positions. The attacks against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip are made frequently, not only to try to extinguish the Palestinian resistance, but also to demoralise Palestinian people by making them suffer to the last straw.. Recently the State of Israel mercilessly attacked Palestinian fishermen and prevented Palestinian workers from going to work to Israel. After the heroic struggle of the people in the Strip, were forced to reopen the borders and permit Palestinian workers to return to their jobs.
Palestinian resistance has shimmered braving all odds. Earlier this month, there were joint military exercises of several organizations of the Palestinian National Resistance Movement in the Gaza Strip. While the Israeli offensive is escalating in the Gaza Strip, several relevant Palestinian organizations have met in Beirut to knit more cohesive coordination.
Earlier deputy Secretary-General of the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Jamil Mezher, confirmed in an interview with Al Mayadeen that for the Palestinian factions it was imperative to elevate resistance in the West Bank. Mezher asserted that consolidating battlefront unity is important to protect resistance fighters against the occupation, pointing out that the settlement path has only reversed fortunes of their people.
He said that the resistance fighters need insulation from Israeli aggression and the policy of assasinations noting that the Israeli enemy believes that through undertaking raids and arrests in the West Bank, it can subvert the resistance.” He expressed optimism declaring all attempts by the Israeli enemy in the West Bank fail, as hundreds of young people are integrating with the resistance forces, performing operations that confuse the Israeli enemy on daily basis.
Mezher stressed that the qualitative and consistent development of the resistance infuses fresh elements in confronting the Israeli enemy. Mezher stated that the prolonged resistance in the West Bank and its elevation and development could defeat the enemy.
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Harsh Thakor is freelance journalist

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ट्रेंडिंग

हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

Under Modi, democracy is regressing and economy is also growing slowly

By Avyaan Sharma*   India is "the largest democracy in the world", but now its democracy is regressing and its economy is also growing slowly. What has PM Modi's ten years in power brought us? Unemployment remains high. Joblessness is particularly high among India's youth - with those aged 15 to 29 making up a staggering 83% of all unemployed people in India, according to the "India Employment Report 2024", published last month by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

ભારતમાં જિસસ ક્રાઈસ્ટના દર્શન, ખ્રિસ્તી ધર્મના આગમનને કારણે સમાજ વ્યવસ્થામાં પરિવર્તન

- ઉત્તમ પરમાર  મારી કિશોર અવસ્થામાં કેટલાક ચિત્રો અને મૂર્તિઓએ હૃદયમાં એવું સ્થાન જમાવ્યું છે કે આજદિન પર્યંત  ઉત્તરોઉત્તર વિકસતું જ રહ્યું છે. પ્રેમ કરુણાના મૂર્તિમંત અવતાર  જિસસ ક્રાઈસ્ટને વધુસ્તંભે ચઢાવેલી મૂર્તિ  મારી કોઈપણ ધર્મ વિશેની સમજ નહોતી ત્યારથી મારા હૃદયમાં સ્થાપિત થયેલી છે. મારા ઘરની દિવાલ પર વધસ્તંભે ચઢેલા જીસસની પ્રતિમા જોઈને કોઈ મને પૂછી બેસતું કે તું ક્રિશ્ચન છે?

रैंकिंग: अधिकांश भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिरा, इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी

- प्रमोद रंजन*  अप्रैल, 2024 में भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों की अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उच्च रैंकिंग की चर्चा रही। मीडिया ने इसका उत्सव मनाया। लेकिन स्थिति इसके विपरीत है। वैश्विक विश्वविद्यालय रैंकिग में अच्छा स्थान मिलने की खबरें, कुछ संस्थानों को इक्का-दुक्का विषयों में मिले रैंक के आधार पर चुनिंदा ढंग से प्रकाशित की गईं थीं। वास्तविकता यह है कि हाल के वर्षों में हमारे अधिकांश विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिर गया है। इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी रही है।

नोएडा में मैन्युअल स्कैवेंजर्स की मौत: परिवारों को मुआवजा नहीं, प्राधिकरण ने एफआईआर नहीं की

- अरुण खोटे, संजीव कुमार*  गत एक सप्ताह में, उत्तर प्रदेश में सीवर/सेप्टि क टैंक सफाई कर्मियों की सफाई के दौरान सेप्टिक टैंक में मौत। 2 मई, 2024 को, लखनऊ के वज़ीरगजं क्षेत्र में एक सेवर लाइन की सफाई करते समय शोब्रान यादव, 56, और उनके पत्रु सशुील यादव, 28, घटुन से हुई मौत। एक और घटना 3 मई 2024 को नोएडा, सेक्टर 26 में एक घर में सेप्टि क टैंक को सफाई करते समय दो सफाई कर्मचर्मारी नूनी मडंल, 36 और कोकन मडंल जिसे तपन मडंल के नाम से जानते हैं, की मौत हो गई। ये सफाई कर्मचर्मारी बंगाल के मालदा जिले के निवासी थे और नोएडा सेक्टर 9 में रहते थे। कोकन मडंल अपनी पत्नी अनीता मडंल के साथ रहते थे। इनके तीन स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे हैं जो बंगाल में रहते हैं। नूनी मडंल अपनी पत्नी लिलिका मडंल और अपने पत्रु सजुान के साथ किराए पर झग्गी में रहते थे। वे दैनिक मजदरूी और सफाई कर्मचर्मारी के रूप में काम करते थे।

प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने कुछ परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली: प्रमुख प्रस्थापनायें

- राणा सिंह   भारत में परजीवियों का एक विशाल समूह है जो बोलता है कि “सब कुछ माया है”,  लेकिन व्यवहार में यह समूह सारी जिंदगी इसी “माया” के पीछे पागल रहता है।  प्राचीन भारत के लोकायत संप्रदाय ने इन परजीवियों की खूब खबर ली थी।

बिहार के ऐतिहासिक विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय के खंडहरों की परिक्रमा का रोमांचक अवसर

- सुमन्त शरण  कुछ दिन पहले एक सुदूर ग्रामीण अंचल (पीरपैंती)  से तकरीबन डेढ़-दो घंटे की दूरी पर अवस्थित ऐतिहासिक बौद्ध विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय (के अवशेषों) की परिक्रमा का अवसर मिला। विक्रमशीला विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना पाल वंश के राजा धर्मपाल ने की थी। 8वीं शताब्दी से 12वीं शताब्दी के अंत तक यह विश्वविद्यालय भारत के प्रमुख शिक्षा केंद्रों में से एक हुआ करता था। कहा जाता है कि यह अपने कुछेक अत्यंत अनूठे नवाचार के चलते उस समय नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय का सबसे बड़ा प्रतिस्पर्धी था। हालांकि, मान्यता यह भी है कि अल्प अवधि के लिए दोनों विश्वविद्यालय के बीच शिक्षण एवं प्रबंधन के क्षेत्रों में घनिष्ठ पारस्परिक संबंध एवं शिक्षकों के आदान-प्रदान का सिलसिला भी रहा था। यह विश्वविद्यालय तंत्रशास्त्र की पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा विख्यात था। इस विषय का एक सबसे विख्यात छात्र अतीसा दीपनकरा था, जो बाद में तिब्बत जाकर बौद्ध हो गया। इसके प्रथम कुलपति ज्ञान अतिस थे।