Feroze Mithiborwala

Feroze Mithiborwala

Feroze Mithiborwala is a member of both the GMJ International Executive Committee and its International Central Committee. He was a co-organiser of the 2010 Asia to Gaza Convoy and is president of Awami Bharat – an Indian political group which describes itself as being involved in an “international struggle against imperialism, Zionism, and Brahmanism”. He was previously a member of the Muslim Intellectual Forum of India and the South Asian Solidarity Initiative and is the ‘Free Gaza’ national coordinator in India. Unsurprisingly for someone who relies upon ‘Israel Shamir‘ for information, Mithiborwala seems to be rather fond of conspiracy theories: the Moscow subway terror attacks were, according to him, deliberately timed to deflect attention from the BDS movement and Osama Bin Laden died in 2001. He is also of the opinion that:

..the Arab Revolution presents new possibilities & the epic 94-year-old struggle of the Palestinian people, a proud & ancient nation, which has inspired the world for generations, will finally see a new awakening & with it, a new hope, a new Intifada, the Third Intifada!!

It is only the resistance on the ground, within Palestine, across the Palestine diaspora, across the Arab nations & then across the entire world, will we finally witness the rebirth of a nation.

In a recent interview Mithiborwala expressed his support for the so-called one-state solution and Iran:

A better solution is a one-state solution that would include both Israel and Palestine, making it a democratic state with one person having the right to one vote, and having Jews, Muslims and Christians all living in one state…

We’re very clear about Iran’s support. For us, Iran is our ally, those Arab powers that are anti-American are our allies, Chavez, Putin are our allies…

In the same interview, when asked about the nature of support that the GMJ India delegation was receiving from Iran, he responded as follows:

We have been very transparent with our activists and the core leadership of the Global March India. Even the first Asian convoy to Gaza had this element of support, but we only took the support of return flight tickets as it was beyond our means. But this time, we have collected money from India. The entire movement in India is being supported by Indians.

Anybody who is working for an anti-Imperialist cause will seek support from sympathetic quarters. Our civil society friends in Iran who have the resources are supporting us. But even other anti-imperialist movements have been getting support from Iran. We’re not foreign funded activists, we’re not FCRA holders, we’re not NGOs. Our support is very clear, from where we’re getting it, be it Iran, be it Lebanon, the people of Jordan, or the people of Egypt—all we’re asking for is support in terms of return tickets. Everyone anti-American is our ally. We seek to build a powerful South Asian anti-imperialist movement.

Feroze Mithiborwala shaking hands with Ahmadinejad at Global March to Jerusalem event- March 18, 2012

Asian delegation meeting with Ahmadinejad - March 18, 2012 (Feroze Mithiborwala is standing to the left of Ahmadinejad holding a portrait of Ghandi)

Feroze Mithiborwala presenting Khalid Masha'al with a gift in Damascus whilst en route with the Asian convoy in 2010

Mithiborwala meeting Mahmoud al Zahar in Gaza, 2010

Mithiborwala and other GMJ organisers at a conference of the Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine in Karachi, 2-3 February 2012. Representatives from Palestinian organisations were also present.

According to Mithiborwala’s Facebook page, he works for Solidarity Towards Oppressed People.

Feroze Mithiborwala FB page

And here’s what one finds on the Solidarity Towards Oppressed People’s Facebook page:

Solidarity Towards Oppressed People Cartoon