On May 14, 58 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and thousands injured when they gathered to protest the occasion of the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Palestinians held peaceful protests, to which Israeli forces responded with brutal and indiscriminate force. The dead include six children under the age of 18, among them a 15-year-old girl.

In Jerusalem, the inauguration of the US Embassy was addressed by the US President’s daughter and son-in-law, and also evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress who is, ironically, infamous for his anti-Semitic comment saying “Jews will go to hell.” The other evangelical pastor who also addressed the occasion was John Hagee, who is also infamous for his Islamophobic and misogynist remarks.

May 15 marks 70 years of the Nakba – the catastrophic ethnic cleansing of Arabs that led to the establishment of Israel. This year, the massacre just a day before this grim day reminds the world that the Nakba never ended – Palestinians continue to be subject to occupation, apartheid and genocide.

The US decision to shift the US Embassy to Jerusalem is a blatant violation of international law, and it a decision taken knowingly as a display of aggression against Palestine.

CPI(ML) endorses the worldwide Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to build resistance in solidarity with Palestine. We appeal to Indians, as part of this campaign, to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) – the company that enables the notorious identification system that is used to maintain the illegal occupation and illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. We appeal to Indian citizens, trade unions, Universities, colleges and other institutions and organizations not to purchase HP products including printers, computers, and ink and to ensure that any existing HP equipment will be their last, and any new equipment will be of other brands.