KERALA: A leader from the Hamas terrorist group, known for its attacks on Israel, purportedly took part virtually in a rally organized by the Solidarity Youth Movement in Kerala’s Malappuram. The Solidarity Youth Movement is affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami.
In a video recording, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal could be observed addressing the participants of the event.
This virtual appearance by Mashal at the rally has drawn criticism from K Surendran, the State president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He questioned the Kerala Police’s role in allowing this and called for action against Mashal’s involvement.
K Surendran voiced his concerns, stating, “Hamas leader Khaled Mashel’s virtual address at the Solidarity event in Malappuram is deeply troubling. Where is Kerala Police under Pinarayi Vijayan’s leadership? Under the pretext of ‘Save Palestine,’ they are essentially glorifying Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, and its leaders as ‘warriors.’ This is unacceptable!”
In another development, the BJP unit in Kerala criticized Shashi Tharoor, a member of the Congress Working Committee and a Lok Sabha MP, for his participation in a rally organized by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in support of Palestine.
They labeled the IUML rally as “pro-Hamas” and raised concerns about the potential for communal tensions in the state. The BJP leader also accused Tharoor of going against India’s established stance on the issue due to his prior role as a UN diplomat.