Palestinians say ‘Hands off Sri Lanka’
“Hands off Sri Lanka” say the Palestinians in unison angered and
dismayed by the sinister manipulations and arm bending tactics of some
self centered politicians of the West against Sri Lanka, one of the
friendliest nations of Palestine.
Palestinians, are fully aware of the struggle of Sri Lanka against
the terrorist group called the LTTE who are trying to divide this small
island nation on ethnic grounds. It is a well known fact that this
terrorist group is engaged in trafficking of arms, drugs and humans.
It also has child soldiers in its army taken in forcibly. Many
countries in the world had proscribed this group but their money appears
to have bought over a number of politicians of the West.
As a result of an intensive awareness campaign launched last year by
the diplomatic representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine Dr. T.
Jayasinghe, the Sri Lanka Mission is receiving a stream of friends who
are keen to know about the latest developments and to express their
While the Palestinian National Authority has taken action to brief
the members of the Arab League through its Ambassador to the league,
Islamic, Orthodox Christian and Catholic communities are conducting
regular prayer meetings to bless Sri Lanka. Dr. Jayasinghe personally
met the religious leaders and briefed them on the correct position with
regard to the ongoing humanitarian effort to save the trapped civilians.
Palestine is one country that is highly concerned about the welfare
of Sri Lanka and are worried about the interventions of the West to save
the terrorist leaders. Palestinians strongly feel that the West is going
beyond their limits with no respect or regard for the sovereignty of Sri
Lanka or their right to defend its territory.
The West has still failed to realise that Sri Lanka is no more a
colony of the UK or any other European country. That is past history and
no more valid.
Palestinians are also surprised to note that when Israel bombed Gaza
for 22 days killing over 1500 including more than 500 children and
injuring thousands these compassionate politicians of the West failed to
intervene inspite of the fact that it was very clear that Palestinians
are no match for the Israeli Army.
Even now Gaza is a virtual prison for 1.5 million people without
basic amenities like food, water, medicine, fuel etc. Over 10,000
families are without shelter after their homes were demolished by
Israeli bombs. Building materials are not allowed into Gaza. Politicians
of the West go all the way to Sri Lanka to save a terrorist but fail to
visit the innocent suffering masses in Gaza.
Palestinians also feel that the West has no moral right to accuse Sri
Lanka, fighting the world’s most ruthless terrorists while they bomb and
kill hundreds of Iraqi, Pakistani and Afghanistan civilians on the
pretext of fighting the Taliban, Al Queda etc.
Palestinians, therefore, want the West to leave Sri Lanka alone
allowing them it settle its internal problems. Tamils are Sri Lankan and
not British or French. If their concerns are humane then why ignore the
Palestinians in Gaza who are suffering a thousand times more.
As far as the Palestinians are concerned, President Mahinda Rajapaksa
is a genuine friend of Palestine. He had been with the Palestinian cause
from 1970 and as such Palestinians feel that it is their duty to be with
Sri Lanka at all times.