Hamas leader participated virtually at a rally in Kerala

Debjit Mukherjee: A leader of the Hamas terrorist group, that attacked Israel on October 7, allegedly participated virtually at a rally organised by Solidarity Youth Movement in Kerala’s Malappuram on Friday.

The Solidarity Youth Movement is the youth wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

In a video, the Hamas leader Khaled Mashal could be seen addressing the people.

Meanwhile, Mashal’s virtual address at the rally was condemned by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president K Surendran, who questioned the Kerala Police and also sought action against his participation.

Taking to X, Surendran said, “Hamas leader Khaled Mashel’s virtual address at the Solidarity event in Malappuram is alarming. Where’s Pinarayi Vijayan’s Kerala Police ? Under the guise of ‘Save Palestine,’ they’re glorifying Hamas, a terrorist organization, and its leaders as ‘warriors.’ This is unacceptable!”

Meanwhile, on Friday, the BJP unit in Kerala criticised Congress Working Committee (CWC) member and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor for his participation in the Indian Union Muslim League’s rally supporting Palestine, labelling it a “pro-Hamas” event.

A day after tens of thousands of IUML supporters hit the streets of Kozhikode, expressing solidarity with the people of war-ravaged Palestine, BJP state president K Surendran expressed concern that the conflict was being used to fuel communal tensions in the state.

The IUML rally in Kozhikode was “pro-Hamas,” and anti-national slogans had been raised throughout the programme, he alleged in a press conference.

The BJP leader also alleged that Tharoor’s participation in the rally, given his previous role as a UN diplomat, goes against the country’s established stance on the issue.