From Kashmir to Palestine: Occupation is a crime: WKAF & KDC
Tarkeen E Watan
Washington, DC – October. 21, 2023 – The World Kashmir Awareness Forum a(WKAF) nd the Kashmir Diaspora Coalition (KDC) issued the following joint statement in solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters in Gaza, on whom the Netanyahu regime has been waging a destructive war. Expressing horror and shock at the ongoing human catastrophe in Gaza, WKAF and KDC Board issued a unanimous statement condemning, “the relentless Israeli bombing of one of the most densely populated civilian populations of the world for two weeks non-stop, deliberately targeting innocent civilians’ targets — homes, hospitals, and schools where there is nowhere to escape and hide. The most horrific bombing on October 18 on Al-Ahli Hospital killed over 500 innocent people, including patients, healthcare workers, and doctors”. Palestinians have been living under 76 years of brutal Israeli occupation, settler-colonialism, and an apartheid state. With a combination of forcible internal and external displacement, including the tiny, isolated enclave of Gaza which has been described by the international human rights organizations as “the world’s largest open-air prison.” “These atrocities and mass killings in Palestine resonate with the people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), who have been denied their right to self-determination. Implementation of UN Security Council resolutions #43, #46 and # 48 in 1948 on Palestine, and UN Security Council resolution #47 in 1948 on Kashmir must be respected and implemented in both nations to bring about lasting peace in both conflicts. In the meantime, UN Security Council must urge an immediate ceasefire to stop the bloodshed of Palestinians and Israelis,” WKAF and KDC Boards concluded. About WKAF: Founded in 2005, WKA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. It is focused on providing knowledge and information and advocating for the disenfranchised Kashmiris in the Kashmir conflict. It gathers and disseminates the latest news and information through the media and website—firstname.lastname@example.org About KDC: Founded in October 2022, at the Baku, Azerbaijan declaration, the Kashmir Diaspora Coalition is a six-member international coalition with offices in Washington DC, Canada, London, and Istanbul. It is committed to promoting the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir using all peaceful and democratic means in accordance with the International Law and multiple UN Security Council resolutions.