Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, critical of the civilian and child casualties in the Israel-Hamas conflict on Children’s Day, reiterated her plea to end the “horrendous violence,” stating that humanity has “failed” the thousands of children being massacred in Palestine. Priyanka made these remarks on the 134th birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, also celebrated as Children’s Day.
In her statement on social media, Priyanka Gandhi wrote, “On Children’s Day, today, let us remind ourselves that we have failed the thousands of children that are being massacred in Palestine every moment. They deserved better from humanity. We must all raise our voices and demand an end to the horrendous violence being committed against them.”
Her comments follow an earlier post in which she criticized the international community over the death toll in the Israel-Hamas conflict, with over 10,000 people, including 5,000 children, killed in Gaza. She expressed dismay at the lack of shock among those supporting the “genocide” and called out governments backing the destruction.
Priyanka Gandhi’s concern escalated as she highlighted the alarming rate of child casualties, stating that one child is killed every ten minutes according to the World Health Organization. She condemned the ongoing violence, bombings, and suffering, emphasizing that the situation is far from reaching an acceptable resolution.
The Israel-Hamas conflict escalated when Hamas launched an attack on October 7, leading to Israel’s military offensive. Priyanka Gandhi also criticized India’s abstention from voting on a resolution calling for a truce in Israel. India abstained from voting on the Jordan-drafted resolution but voted in favor of a Canadian amendment condemning Hamas.
Priyanka Gandhi expressed shock and shame over India’s decision not to vote for a ceasefire in Gaza, emphasizing the need for a stronger stance against the ongoing conflict and its devastating impact on civilians, especially children.