The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) denounces the invasion of Gaza by the Israeli armed forces. After a week of barbaric air raids, the Israeli armed forces have now launched the ground offensive which has sharply increased civilian casualties. More than 500 people have died in this State-sponsored terrorism.
The Polit Bureau condemns the stand taken by the United States of America in the UN Security Council which prevented a statement calling for an end to the hostilities.
The CPI(M) demands that the Manmohan Singh government immediately take diplomatic steps alongwith countries like South Africa and Brazil to see that Israel immediately halts its aggression. The Polit Bureau calls upon all its Party units and other progressive forces to organise protest demonstrations against this brutal aggression by Israel and demand that the UPA government halt its military and security collaboration with Israel.