People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 14, 2006
CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc issued the following statement on May 9, 2006
Left parties express their strong disapproval at the manner in which Israel, the
United States and the European Union have stopped funds to the Palestinian
Authority. This decision has been taken after Hamas won the elections and formed
the government. Israel has halted the monthly transfer to the Palestinian
Authority of around $50 million that it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.
These funds were going for payment of salaries of the government employees and
funding other essential services.
diabolical policy of blockading and starving an entire people into submission is
immoral and illegal. The Palestinian people are being punished for exercising
their democratic right to elect their representatives. There can be differences
with the Hamas on its ideology and platform, but to inflict sufferings on the
Palestinian people makes a mockery of the United States and European Unionís
claim to uphold democracy.
to this anti-Palestinian stand, Russia, Iran and Qatar have announced financial
assistance to the Palestinian Authority.
is surprising that the UPA government has kept silent about this new onslaught
on the Palestinian people. The Manmohan Singh government should not allow its
ties with Israel to affect the long standing and firm commitment of the secular
forces in India to the Palestinian cause.
The Left parties urge the UPA government to immediately come out against the financial blockade of the Palestinian people and extend concrete assistance to the Palestinian Authority.