Genocidaires Exchange Honors with Victim of Genocide, Palestine
[January 7, 2014]
Orwell couldn’t have done it better
The government of Palestine presented Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa
with the “Star of Palestine” the highest award of the State
of Palestine, on January 6.
“The relations between Sri Lanka and the State of Palestine are
exceptional and we remain committed to extending our fullest support to
the State of Palestine and the friendly people of Palestine,” President
Rajapaksa said during the conferment ceremony.
“President Rajapaksa, on behalf of the people of Sri Lanka, conferred
the ‘Sri Lanka Mitra Vibhushana’ awards on former Palestinian
President Yasser Arafat and current President Mahmoud Abbas,” during
his current trip to Palestine, Israel and Jordan. So reported the Sri
Lankan news agency.
This is not satire albeit double speak.
The Sinhalese chauvinist Sri Lanka government practices genocide against
Tamils, as confirmed by the Permanent Peoples Tribunal, which held hearings
in Berman, Germany, December 7-10, 2013.
The Zionist State practices genocide against the Palestinians, as many
nations acknowledge and so determined by the War Crimes Tribunal in Kuala
Lumpur, November 26, 2013.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) found former Israeli army
general Amos Yaron and the state of Israel guilty of crimes against humanity
and genocide stemming from the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s
Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982.
“While it’s constantly mindful of its stature as merely a
tribunal of conscience with no real power or enforcement, this tribunal
finds that witnesses in this case are entitled ex justitia to the payment
or reparations by the two convicted parties,” said KLWCT president
Tan Sri Lamin Mohd Yunus.
Lamin hoped that armed with the tribunal’s findings, the witnesses
who were also the victims in the case, would, in the near future, find
a state or an international judicial entity able and willing to exercise
jurisdiction to enforce the tribunal’s verdict against the two convicted
Now that Rajapaksa has declared eternal friendship with Palestine perhaps
he would offer his government to bring the tribunal’s wishes before
the world court or, even better, he could try Israel for war crimes and
genocide against the Palestinians.
The duplicity of Sri Lanka foreign relations is beyond Orwellian
The governments of USA/UK and other European states, Australia, Israel,
India on the one hand, and on the other hand China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan
gave or sold weaponry in the multi-millions of dollars to Sri Lankan governments
over decades, and aided in many other ways the defeat of the Tamils’
guerrilla movement, including the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).
Since the end of the long civil war, May 2009, western states slightly
criticize Sri Lanka for possible human rights abuses. Consequently, the
revolutionary/progressive governments of Cuba and its ALBA alliance with
Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and three other small Caribbean
states, as well as China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, all praise Sri Lanka
and view only the Tamil guerrilla movement as terrorist. Complicating
the hypocrisy is the fact that the US is Sri Lanka’s number one
trading partner, and the EU is second.
No government supported the liberation of Tamils from well documented
repression and oppression, including inequalities in access to education
and jobs, discrimination against their language and religions, all by
The important economic and military role that Israel has played for Sri
Lanka against the Tamils hardly comes into the spotlight when the Sri
Lanka-Tamil conflict is discussed. Nor is this pointed out when Cuba and
the other ALBA governments praise Sri Lanka, ignore Tamils, while they
praise Palestine and condemn Israel.
“Israel has been a faithful supplier to Sri Lanka” serving
the military, commerce and politics, as maintained by the Swedish book
Arms Trade with Sri Lanka: global business, local costs, put out by the
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society and the Swedish Sri Lanka Committee.
The study provides hard-to-find figures on what countries provided what
armaments to Sri Lanka. Most of the weaponry that the LTTE acquired came
from capturing enemy arms and some were bought on the black market. Sri
Lanka bought its weapons from a score of governments, spending between
7 and 17% of their budgets on the military during the war.
The most decisive sales and donations in the latter years of war came
from Israel (and China). A vast number of combat aircraft (16 Kfir jets
plus nine others) and many of the ships (especially six Super Dvora and
38 Shaldag fast patrol craft) used by Sri Lanka came from Israel. It also
supplied seven unmanned vehicles, 16 anti-ship mines, communication and
surveillance equipment, and great quantities of ammunition; plus pilots
and Mossad intelligence and counter-intelligence agents.
Makhdoom Babar, editor-in-chief of the pro-Sri Lanka government Daily
Mail reported that Israel uses Sri Lanka waters to test their missiles.
A 2009 SIPRI report, “International Arms Transfers”, shows
that between 2000 and 2007, Sri Lanka acquired “several large warships
from India, Israel and the USA”. The Swedish-based international
arms conflict monitor reported that Israel has been a major and effective
In the 1980s, Israeli experts advised Sri Lanka to create border villages
and arm Sinhala civilians as home guards. This is what the US also did
in parts of Southeast Asia during its genocidal war in the 1960s-70s.
Zionist Israel’s aid was so useful to Sri Lanka that it sent its
chief-of-staff, Donald Perera, to Israel as its ambassador after the military
victory. The widest read Zionist daily in Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth, ran
a lengthy interview with the new ambassador in July 2010.
He spoke proudly as a war commander of having “a great relationship
with your military industries and with Israel Aerospace industries.”
“For years Israel has aided our war on terror through the exchange
of information and the sale of military technology and equipment.”
General Perera spoke of Israel as “a country I consider a partner
in the war against terror,” thus labeling Palestinians’ liberation
struggle for their homeland and the simple right to exist as terrorism.
This is precisely how he and the Sinhalese chauvinist governments view
the Tamils struggle for liberation, simply as terrorism.
War criminal par excellence, Perera supported Israel’s illegal and
bloodthirsty attack on the Gaza-bound Turkish ship on May 31, 2010, during
which it murdered nine solidarity activists. He said, “I can understand
that Israel had to protect itself,”—against unarmed civilians
bearing material necessities for an occupied, besieged people?
There are no two peoples better suited to be fast allies than these victims
of genocide: Palestinians and Sri Lankan Tamils. When they figure that
out, the two nations-in-the-making could confer upon Mahinda Rajapaksa
the Orwellian award for double speak.