Aligarh Muslim University students denounce Israel's Gaza offensive
Aligarh Muslim University students have condemned Israel for its attacks on the Gaza Strip, despite a ceasefire being put in place a couple of days ago.
They condemned Tel-Aviv for the ongoing violence in the Gaza region, although a ceasefire is mooted amid deep-rooted mistrust between Israel and Gaza's Hamas.
Most of the students arrived at the venue of protest rally, carrying placards and black banners to register their angst.
Syed Majin, a protestor, said: "Today this protest was held was against the ongoing repression in Palestine, which is being done by the illegal nation of Israel on the Muslims of Palestine. So far, more than 100 people have been killed there, thousands have been wounded. This repression is being committed on the unarmed people of Palestine. This is a violation of human rights, and it is an attempt to illegally grab land. The land is Palestine's and it is very dear to all Muslims, and all the leaders of the world should come forward to save the Muslims of Palestine."
Parleys for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict and analysts are uncertain on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.
The deal brokered by Egypt's new Islamist government, working with the United States, prevented - at least for the moment - an Israeli invasion of the Palestinian enclave.
Further Majin mentioned that the protesting students of AMU have submitted a memorandum to the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
In their letter, they have requested the President to ensure that the federal government sticks to New Delhi's policy of support to Palestine in the times of conflict.
"Today we have sent our memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee. Here we have requested him that India's foreign policy towards Israel should remain the same, as it had been earlier. India has always helped the Muslims of Palestine from the times of Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru and during Indira Gandhi's time also the attitude was same. We want that the Indian government should remain firm on that policy and be vocal about protesting the repressions on Palestinian Muslims," added Syed Majin.
Gaza medical officials said 162 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, including 37 children and 11 women, were killed. Nearly 1,400 rockets were fired into Israel, killing four civilians and a soldier, the Israeli military said.
The exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said his Islamist movement would respect the truce if Israel did, but would respond equally to any violations.
If the truce holds, it will give the 1.7 million Gazans respite from days of air strikes and halt rocket salvoes from militants that have unnerved a million people in southern Israel and reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for the first time.