A number of citizens under the banner of Committee for Solidarity with Palestine held a demonstration near the Israeli Embassy here on Wednesday protesting against the recent attack on ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Describing the May 31 attack by Israel on six ships in international waters as “reckless and senseless”, the protesters tried to march towards the embassy but were prevented by the police who had put barricades on the road.

The Committee appealed to the people to organise such protests in order to force the United Progressive Alliance Government to change its stand on the issue.

Those who addressed the gathering included Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury, CPI Secretary Atul Kumar Anjan, MLA Shoaib Iqbal and Milli Council president Zafar Ullaha Khan.

The UPA Government's policy of building bridges with Israel by buying armaments from it and developing trade relations was deplored by the speakers, who accused the Government of extending direct help to “the regime of aggression, expansion and occupation”.

“Today the Government is shying of even naming Israel as the aggressor on Palestine. The Indian Government should cut off its relations with the Israeli Government,” the speakers said.

The protesters called for an end to Israel's “war activities” and said it should vacate Palestine and other occupied territories of Arab nations.

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