Israeli police uniform contract canceled by Indian’s Maryan Apparel

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A company in India has ended a long-standing agreement to produce uniforms for the Israeli police, telling AFP on Friday that it made the decision as a result of the conflict in Gaza and that it had reached a “moral decision” to do so.

During the past few years, Maryan Apparel in the southern state of Kerala has supplied the Israel’s police force with around 100,000 uniforms every year since 2015.

According to AFP, the company’s managing director Thomas Olickal told the news agency that it was a moral decision.

It was explained by Olickal in a statement released on Wednesday that the decision was prompted by the strike on a hospital and the loss of thousands of innocent lives during the conflict.

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s deadly attack on Gaza City’s Ahli Arab hospital, Palestinians and Israelis have traded blame for the attack.

In response to the strike, leaders throughout the Muslim world have condemned it and protests have erupted across the globe, with stark disagreements over who is to blame as well as the toll.

Hamas accuses Israel of bombing the hospital during its massive bombing campaign in Gaza, and the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry has put the death toll at 471, but this figure has been disputed by Palestinian groups.

It has been announced that Israel’s military is blaming a misfired rocket on another group, Islamic Jihad – a version of events backed by the United States, whose intelligence community has estimated that between 100 and 300 people have been killed in the incident.

In the first day of the raid, Hamas militants stormed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7 and killed at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians who were shot, mutilated or burned to death on the first day of the raid, according to Israeli authorities. 

Around 1,500 Hamas fighters were killed in clashes between the Israeli army and Hamas before the area under attack was regained by its forces.

There have been at least 4,137 Palestinians, mostly civilians, killed by Israeli air strikes in retaliation for Hamas’ attacks across Gaza, according to the latest death toll from Hamas’ health ministry, in retaliation for its attacks.

In an interview with AFP, Olickal said that his company will fulfill its existing commitments to Israel, which will end in December, but will not take on any new orders.

It is okay for us to resume business with them once peace has been restored,” said Olickal, whose company employs around 1,500 people.

Furthermore, the company has also provided uniforms to the Philippine Army and to government officials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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