The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Killing Of Hamas Leader
The assassination of the Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin by Israel is a shocking act of State-sponsored murder. The Israeli State, under Ariel Sharon, has become notorious for its brutal and criminal acts of violence against the Palestinian people.
This dastardly act will increase the spiral of violence in the region and the full responsibility for this lies with Ariel Sharon and his government. The Palestinian people have been fighting for their homeland and independence for more than five decades. No amount of Israeli military oppression can suppress their struggle for self-determination.
The Vajpayee government must not only strongly condemn Sharon's terrorist violence but also desist from forging strategic ties with such a pernicious regime.