People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 41

October 19, 2008


'Indian People Are With Palestinians'

Yechury Meets With Palestine President

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury met the president of Palestinian National Authority Mohmoud Abbas on October 8, 2008 in New Delhi and reiterated the solidarity of Indian people with the Palestinian cause. Yechury condemned the continued occupation of Palestinian territories by the Israeli forces. President Abbas, who was on a four-day State visit to India, explained the grim situation of the Palestinian people to Yechury and thanked him for the support.

Israel is continuing its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in flagrant violation of many UN Resolutions. The Arab League summit held in 2002 had adopted a peace plan for resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestine and reiterated the same in 2007. It categorically states that there is no military solution to the problem and called upon Israel to reconsider its policies. It called upon Israel to withdraw from all the territories occupied since 1967 and work for a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem according to the UN General Assembly Resolution 194. It also called upon the Israeli government to accept the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian State on the Palestinian territories occupied since June 4, 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza strip with East Jerusalem as its capital, which in effect means just 22 per cent of the area of historic Palestine. Unfortunately Israel did not heed to its request and is continuing its expansionist policies in Palestine and now has 88 per cent of the area of the historic Palestine under its direct control.

In contrast the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) threw its support behind the Arab Peace Initiative and even now is for the two-State theory in historic Palestine. In 1993 the PLO decided to give up military struggle and agreed for negotiations with the Israel government. A series of negotiations starting from Oslo to Camp David followed between 1993 and 1999. These talks were held on the premise that both the parties would develop a relationship of trust that would allow them to resolve the larger and more difficult issues. Certain core principles were agreed upon: (i) that the interim period would be of a limited duration (ii) that nothing would be done to prejudice the outcome of permanent status negotiations and (iii) that the final settlement ‘will lead to the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338’ which reaffirm the principle that territory cannot be acquired by force and that Israel would withdraw its troops gradually from the occupied territories. Throughout this period, Israel violated the spirit and the letter of the Agreements and continued its violations of Palestinian rights as embodied in the international law. The gravity of the situation in Palestine that is under the US sponsored illegal Israeli siege can be easily understood from the following facts that the president had shared with Yechury.

Yechury denounced the immoral and unethical acts of the Israeli government and reiterated solidarity with the struggling people of the Palestine. He stated that peace can rein in the troubled region of West Asia only when Israel withdraws from its illegal occupation and respects the rights of the Palestinian citizens and international laws. Tracing the historic legacy of the solidarity movement with Palestine, he said that the CPI(M) would continue to stand by this historic legacy and oppose all the moves of the imperialist forces and their lackey-Israel that destabilise the West Asian region. In this context he explained the various activities that were conducted in solidarity with Palestine and the huge response it received from the people of India.