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'Kashmir Is Palestine': Why India and Pakistan Are Both Pushing This Ominous Comparison

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When India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decided to revoke Articles 370 and 35-A from the Indian Constitution, scrapping the special rights given to the disputed state of Jammu & Kashmir, parallels were immediately drawn around the world but particularly in Pakistan with the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

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The move, which undoes India’s 65-year old relationship with Jammu and Kashmir by taking away its partial autonomy and bringing it under New Delhi’s direct rule, has been interpreted by the Pakistani National Assembly – among others – as a bid by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "create an Israel and Palestine" in South Asia. Pakistan's opposition leader declared they would not "let an [occupier state like] Israel form in the region."

In the region's media, there is plenty of talk of ethnic cleansing, settler colonialists, a violent occupation army, a jihadist insurgency, of a Kashmiri intifada.

With this annexation, Modi, along with party president and Home Minister Amit Shah, has fulfilled the manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the vows and fanatic fantasies of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – the neo-fascist Hindu nationalist parent organization of the Indian ruling party.

With outsiders now legally permitted to own property in Jammu and Kashmir, there are obvious fears that the BJP will seek to alter the demographics of India’s only Muslim-majority territory though the settlement of Hindus – spearheaded perhaps by Hindutvadis, zealous followers of the Hindutva ideology, along the lines of ultra-nationalistic religious Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

I urge all residents of ISB to join me at ZeroPoint to participate in Rally towards D-Chowk Isb on 14 Aug 3:30pm to protest against Unilateral Abrogation of #Article370& amassing Indian Troops in IOK for Israel styled genocide. PM @ImranKhanPTI will address#Pakistan 🇵🇰 #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/NnTlWui9Wp

The BJP government has already begun working on altering the Muslim demographic dominance in the region, by separating Ladakh from Jammu and Kashmir, in turn carving out India’s first Buddhist-majority union territory.

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