In yet another incident in which he showcased his ideological split with the Congress Party, the Congress Working Committee member and party MP Shashi Tharoor referred to Hamas as terrorists during a pro-Palestine rally organised by Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala's Kozhikode.
This was indeed one of the bold statements of the Shashi Tharoor, as many congress Leaders for their minority vote bank, refused to identify Hamas as a terrorist group. With that statement, Tharoor has become the first congress leader to identify Hamas as a terrorist organization. This development maysend shock waves to the Congress Delhi Headquarters.
It should be noted, that Tharoor was the chief guest at the Palestine solidarity rally in Kozhikode.
Referring to the present bout of war between Hamas and Israel, Tharoor said, “On October 7, terrorists attacked Israel, killed 1,400 people and took 200 hostages. In answer to that, Israel has so far killed 6,000 people."
He continued. “one thing I want to say. When those terrorists massacred unarmed people, the world had condemned it. Now, everyone is condemning the Israel bombing. Terrorist acts took place from both sides. Eye for eye would make the whole world blind. What we are seeing now is a heinous reaction. We are seeing a disproportionate reaction,’’ he said.
India has condemned Hamas' attack on Israel but reiterated its position on the two-state solution. However, Congress has not yet condemned the attack on the Jewish nation. The Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party, in a statement earlier this month expressed its "dismay and anguish on the war" between Hamas and Israel.
"The CWC reiterates its long-standing support for the rights of the Palestinian people to land, self-government, and to live with dignity and respect," it said. "The CWC calls for an immediate cease-fire and for negotiations to begin on all outstanding issues including the imperative issues that have given rise to the present conflict."