Monday, May 25, 2009

Arab-Israel Conflict and Tamil Reflections

Truth told, I haven't the faintest idea what that Sri Lanks/Ceylon battle is all about.

Even visiting the major Tamil web site hasn't enlightened me.

So I checked here but again, I just couldn't comprehend the problem:

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam...waged a violent secessionist campaign that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka...The Tamil Tigers claimed to be fighting to protect the country's Tamil minority from discrimination at the hands of the successive Sinhalese majority governments that have ruled the country since independence...Most Tamil Sri-Lankans are Orthodox Hindu by faith. In contrast, most of the ethnic Sinhalese are Buddhist by faith.


I then found this:

The Tamils are an ethnic group that lives in southern India (mainly in the state of Tamil Nadu) and on Sri Lanka, an island of 21 million people off the southern tip of India. Most Tamils live in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, and they comprise approximately 10 percent of the island's population, according to a 2001 government census. Their religion (most are Hindu) and Tamil language set them apart from the four-fifths of Sri Lankans who are Sinhalese—members of a largely Buddhist, Sinhala-speaking ethnic group. When Sri Lanka was ruled as Ceylon by the British, most Sri Lankans regarded the Tamil minority as collaborators with imperial rule and resented the Tamil's perceived preferential treatment. But since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, the Sinhalese majority has dominated the country. The remainder of Sri Lanka's population includes ethnic Muslims, as well as Tamil and Sinhalese Christians.


That's it?

Wow, imagine how outsiders view our local conflict.

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Anonymous said...

Tamil Rights Unique

by Vijay Lazarus

I would like to draw your attention regarding comparing our Tamils' right for self determination with that of the Palestinians and other groups.

We Tamils have history, archeology and ancient literature to support our existence as an independent country in the past. However, in history you can never find a "Palestinian" King or Queen or an independent Palestinian nation. In fact, Jews have just as solid a history to justify their self-determination in that land. The Bible is one of the evidences. ( Just like the Mahavamsa, some people do not believe that the Bible can be taken as historical fact, but rather as myth that may or may not have some historical basis. These myths have an important role to play in our ethical and cultural being in the contemporary world, but if used as justification for 'God's will' can lead to injustice. -- Editor) Even during the time of Jesus Christ we can never spot the existence of "Palestinian" people. During the British mandate even the Jews were called "Palestinians," only "administrative boundaries" existed, but never an independent Palestinian country and the Jewish newspaper Jerusalem Post was then known as Palestinian Post.

Also our Tamil National Leader Hon. V. Pirabaharan recognizes the existence of a Sinhala country and his aim is not to wipe out the Sinhala state. However, the Palestine leadership's aim is to wipe out Israel and they do not believe in the existence of Israel.

Jews suffered holocaust and centuries of persecution like we Tamils suffering in various parts of the world. There are even 3 Tamil words (for Peacock feather, monkey and ivory) in Hebrew (which is source language of Old Testament) Bible proving that trade relationship existed between Israel and Tamil lands during the reign of King Solomon.

Once a Palestinian woman was selected as "Miss Israel" and we could never see a Jewish woman living in an Arab country selected as "Miss (Any Arab) country! Moreover Palestinians living inside Israel have more rights (especially women) than their brothers and sisters in other Arab coutries. [The question, however, is do Palestinian Israelis have the same rights as Jewish Israelis, just like the question in our part of the world is "Do Tamils have the same rights as Sinhalese?" -- Editor]

Tamil Eelam is a secular nation and the national leader Hon. V. Pirabaharan is a secular person - common to Hindus, Christians and Muslims. There is no separate religion for Tamils and our language is the primary thing that unites all of us. Palestinian, Kashmiri, Punjab's Khalistani, Chechen independence, etc. are based on religion. Even though the majority of Tamils are Hindu, we can find a lot of Christian fighters and even area commanders serving (or served in the past) in the LTTE military!

Palestinians receive billions of dollars in aid from various countries, but no country in the world gives aid officially to the LTTE or our Eelam people.

Regarding Israel supplying arms and Kfir planes to Sri Lanka - I do not think it should be taken personally nor it is and act of Israel to kill Tamil people. Even the Muslim nation of Pakistan supplies arms to Sri Lanka.

Jews have contributed a lot of things to Science, Engineering, Technology and Medicine which is disproportionate to their population and the amount of persecution endured through out the centuries.

I 100% percent admire the great fighters of LTTE and recognize their right for self-determination.

My intention is to highlight the uniqueness of our struggle which cannot be compared with other struggles.

Anonymous said...

Tel Aviv, 23 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Tamil Tigers started test transmissions of its Euro television channel from Israel using the RR Sat of Tel Aviv for uplink facility. This move came after its earlier attempts to revive the Euro TV from Italy and France failed due to timely action taken by Sri Lankan embassies in Rome and Paris respectively.

It is apparent that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a proscribed organization in the European Union and the United States had used a front organization to mislead the Israeli authorities. Diplomatic sources expressed confidence that Israel would not have granted uplink facility to the Euro TV if they had known that it was the television channel of the LTTE which is banned in United States, the powerful ally of Tel Aviv. “Israel would not have allowed it after it was closed down by Italy if they knew the connection,” a diplomat said. “I am sure that Israel would also close down this channel when they realize the LTTE connection.”

Earlier the Globecast, the Paris based European satellite provider and the French CSA, which is the telecommunication regulatory authority refused to grant a license to a seemingly innocent entertainment company set up by a Tamil Tiger front company when the Sri Lankan Embassy in Paris provided the details of the LTTE links with the front organization.

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris kept the French authorities informed about the LTTE attempts to obtain licenses for television and radio channels through different front organizations. Regular briefings by the Sri Lanka Embassy prompted the French authorities to check the antecedents of companies and individuals applying for licenses for Tamil television and radio stations.

The TTN, which was the main LTTE propaganda television station in Europe was closed down by the authorities after strong protest lodged by the Sri Lanka Embassy in May 2007. Since the banning of the TTN by French authorities and Globecast, a French based satellite uplink company last year, the LTTE made several attempts to establish a television station of its own. Last December the LTTE came out with the poster campaign announcing, ‘TTN is planning to recommence its transmissions soon based from Paris to the viewers of entire Europe.’

Earlier this year, the LTTE made another attempt, this time from Milan in Italy to register a European TV transmission. The Sri Lankan embassy in Rome moved in quickly to nip it in the bud.

Since then the attempts made by the LTTE to recommence TTN transmissions did not succeed. It had failed to obtain a license from the CSA, the Telecommunication Authority in France. The transmission was cancelled by CSA in May 2007 after Sri Lankan authorities informed the CSA that TTN was the television institution belonging to LTTE which is banned terrorist outfit.

Attempts made by the LTTE to register TTN during the court proceedings were also unsuccessful as the CSA had rejected the application. Later last year the French Tribunal looking into commercial disputes, while denying the right to transmit, however granted permission to function as a media institution and produce programmes.

The LTTE uses all possible methods including bribery and other corrupt practices to recommence TTN transmissions from France. However, the French authorities keep a close vigil on the LTTE and its front organizations since the arrest of 19 LTTE cadres in 2007 for various illegal activities on French soil. Three of the detained persons were granted conditional bail while the other 16 are still under detention and the court granted police additional time to scrutinize thousands of documents seized from LTTE offices and front organizations namely TCC, ORT France (TRO) and other offices in the French capitol.

Currently, the LTTE entirely rely on the Israel based Satlink and RR Sat for its transmissions of Tharisanam and Euro TV and early action by the Israel government to stop these propaganda arm of the LTTE would be a deadly blow to the terrorist organization.

- Asian Tribune -