What Israel is doing in Gaza now is collective punishment. Israel will accept nothing short of the acquiescence of Palestinians to their own subordination. The twenty-three-year charade of the “peace process” has shown that this is all Israel is offering, with the full approval of Washington. The U.S. must either reverse its policies or abandon its claim of being an “honest broker.” It should certainly not insult Palestinians by saying that it cares about them or their children, who are dying in Gaza today, writes Arab Studies Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University. What is said on Palestine is no different from what could be said on Washington and New Delhi put together in the case of the nation of Eezham Tamils, comment Tamil activists for alternative politics.
“We might not like Hamas or some of its methods, but that is not the same as accepting the proposition that Palestinians should supinely accept the denial of their right to exist as a free people in their ancestral homeland,” Professor Khalidi wrote in The New Yorker on Tuesday.
Khalidi was an adviser to the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid-Washington Palestinian-Israeli negotiations of 1991-93 and has recently authored a book, “Brokers of Deceit”.
Washington and New Delhi directed a genocidal war through the agent Sinhala State in Colombo and they now work for confirmation of the genocide and annihilation of the nation of Eezham Tamils through permanent structural means. The difference between Washington and New Delhi in this case is only their petty competition, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics, comparing the plight of the Palestinian and Eezham Tamil nations.
Unfortunately the Arab countries and especially the Islamic countries in South Asia itself have failed to take a just international stand on the question of Eezham Tamils, the activists said.
Many of the so-called international campaigners and ‘signature groups’ that make a big noise now were totally silent when Washington, New Delhi and Beijing were in the making of another Israel in the southern tip of South Asia. The world needs collective mobilisation against the ultimate culprits and any double standard resulting from the bloc interests of the same culprits, would weaken the global struggle of humanity, the Tamil activists further said.
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