As an Indian citizen I am aghast. As a secular Jew, I am deeply ashamed.

As many as 78 resolutions have been passed by the UN on the Palestine-Israel question. The occupation of Jerusalem continues. Palestinian civilians continue to die. There are few secrets the world over about this occupied land.
 
So why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi going to this brutal and criminal country? Why is he becoming the first Indian PM to visit this racist and imperial country?
 
In the last important Israeli visit to India by former president and veteran leader Shimon Peres, senior BJP leader LK Advani reportedly asked Peres for suggestions on how to deal with Kashmir. Peres, a very wily leader, suggested that India should populate the Kashmir valley with non-Kashmiris.
 
The increasing tempo of attacks and lynchings shows the Prime Minister’s inadequate response to rising communalism. What better exposure than Israel for the BJP to show the way to suppress minorities and all those who do not accept the diktats of the NDA?
 
This is not foreign policy, but a continuation of the communal marginalization of minorities. As an Indian citizen I am aghast. As a secular Jew, I am deeply ashamed.
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