A low intensity bomb blast took place in the vicinity of the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi on 29th January 2021. It occurred in an area that has very high state security on a regular and continuous basis. No casualties or damages of any serious nature were reported.
The bomb attack took place on the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Israel, at nearly the same time as the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony was being conducted on Rajpath. The majority of TV news channels have reported this as the handiwork of “Islamic terrorists”, out to spread terror during an important national event and cause harm to India’s relations with Israel.
Within a few hours of the incident, Indian security forces had begun interrogating Iranian citizens in Delhi. Muslim youth have also been rounded up and interrogated.
Police sources have claimed that they had found a “letter in an envelope” at the spot, addressed to the Israeli ambassador. The letter allegedly contains a threat of revenge against the killing of two Iranians, Qasem Soleimani and Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
It may be recalled that Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He was assassinated in a US drone strike during his visit to Iraq in January 2020. Dr. Fakhrizadeh was Iran’s senior-most nuclear scientist. He was assassinated in November 2020. Iran claimed he was killed by Israeli agencies, using a remote-control weapon.
In an earlier incident in New Delhi on February 13, 2012, an Israeli diplomat and an Indian chauffeur of an Embassy vehicle were among four people injured after a magnetic bomb attack on the vehicle. On that occasion, too, Israeli agencies had accused Iran for the attack, but Iran had denied the accusation.
US imperialism and the state of Israel routinely carry out false flag terrorist operations to justify the policy of encirclement and economic isolation of Iran. This is because Iran today stands as the biggest obstacle to establishing US hegemony over the oil-rich West Asia region. The Indian state has been under pressure in recent years to participate in the anti-Iran campaign as part of the Indo-US strategic alliance. It is reported that the case has been transferred to the National Investigating Agency (NIA), while Israel’s spy agency Mossad has also arrived in the country. This forebodes a longer term collaboration between the Indian and Israeli state’s intelligence agencies and the danger of increasing number of false flag operations.
The bomb attack on 29th January signals the danger of India becoming a strategic partner of US imperialism. It is at the cost of damaging the centuries’ long ties of friendship that exists among the peoples of India and Iran.
Terrorism is a tool of imperialism and reactionary ruling classes to smash the fighting unity of the people who are struggling for their livelihood and rights. It is also a tool to justify aggression and violation of the sovereign rights of states which resist imperialist domination.
The US and Israel keep propagating the lie that Iran is a “rogue state” which sponsors terrorism. Life experience reveals that the truth is the opposite of this baseless claim. Facts show that it is not Iran, but the US and its allies including Israel, who are responsible for sponsoring the majority of terrorist acts in the world.
The people and government of Iran have nothing to gain from the occurrence of a bomb blast near the Israeli embassy in Delhi. The ones who have gained are the ruling classes of the USA and Israel, by getting new ammunition with which to slander and discredit Iran. By participating in this anti-Iran campaign, the rulers of India are acting completely against the general interests of our people and our relations with our west Asian neighbours.