The Palestine Solidarity Committee (PalSol) Indian Committee for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (InCACBI) are deeply concerned that FICCI has joined hands with SIBAT, Ministry of Defence, Israel to promote collaboration of the Indian industry with the defence and homeland security companies of Israel. FICCI seems to be willfully ignoring the record of Israeli defence and security industries, which is one of complicity with the brutal Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and its violations of international humanitarian law. Israel has used the occupation to develop its surveillance industry, creating concrete walls and barbed wire fences mounted with cameras and sensors, across the West Bank. It has converted Gaza with such fences into the world’s largest open air prison. In Gaza and Lebanon, Israel uses its drone technology for targeted assassinations. It then uses the continued occupation, and the repeated attacks on Gaza, to advertise all over the world, the “capabilities” of its defence and surveillance industries.
By joining hands with the Israeli industry, Indian industry will be also partners with an industry that is participating in targeted killings and brutal oppression of the Palestinian people. The global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has successfully targeted global multinationals such as Veolia, who are actively involved in the occupation in the West Bank, causing them the loss of billions of dollars in contracts. By joining hands with the Israeli companies, Indian companies will also lay themselves to open to calls for such boycotts. Even in its business interest, Indian industry should reconsider joining hands with companies, who have a bloody record of participating in the human rights violations of the occupied Palestinian territories.
Seema Mustafa, Pallab Sengupta, Prabir Purkayastha (Palestine Solidarity Committee)
Sukumar Muralidharan, Githa Hariharan, Pushpamala N (InCACBI)