A letter addressed to
President of P.A. Mahmud Abbas being handed over to the Minister
Counsel of Palestine in a function at AMU in Kennedy auditorium at
New Delhi: The Aligarh Activists
Society, (AAS), has called for Unity and Reconciliation among the
Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas in a letter handed over to the
Minister Counsel of Palestine in a function at Aligarh Muslim
University, (AMU), in Kennedy Auditorium on Sunday.
According to a Press release the AAS had organised a Symposium on
"Palestine: Occupation, War Crimes and Demand for Sovereignty".
The chief guest was His Excellency Saleh Asad Saleh Muhammad, the
Minister Counsel from Palestine Embassy.
The other speakers were Prof. Mirza Asmer Beg, Department of
Political Science at AMU and Dr. Arshi Khan, Associate Professor,
also in Department of Political Science.
Prof. Beg spoke on the recent developments in Palestine. He stated
that the present aim of Israel and its allies is to isolate Iran.
Israel is aiming to divert the attention of the world towards
other issues, while they make settlements on Palestine and try
finishing it off completely.
Dr. Arshi Khan spoke on the historical background of the
Palestinian crisis. He said, Israel was created illegally, with
active support from Britain and its other allies. The issue of
Palestine is not a Muslim-Jew issue, rather it is an issue of
self-determination, the right of the Palestinian people to be
governed by themselves.
The chief guest of the event, His Excellency, Saleh Asad Saleh
Muhammad, Minister Counsel Embassy of Palestine, stated that he
was honoured to be at the Aligarh Muslim University. He reportedly
said that the Indian Government has always been sympathetic to the
Palestinian cause. He opined that Palestine is an occupied
territory and the occupiers will have to leave it, sooner or
Meanwhile, the AAS handed over a letter to His Excellency
addressed to President of P.A. Mahmud Abbas in which they called
for unity among the Palestinian resistance and urged Mahmud Abbas
to invite Hamas for a National Unity Government so that the
struggle for Palestine can be taken forward.
The letter said: “By the Grace of Almighty Allah, the people of
Palestine and their Resistance have won twin victories in the past
one month. While the besieged people of Gaza successfully
countered the death-mail from Israel and forced them to a truce,
the Palestinian cause gained further recognition at the United
Nations. We congratulate Palestine on this twin victory”.
The letter pointed out that the world opinion is also changing and
people around the world are coming out to speak in favour of the
Palestinian struggle. The realistic demands of the cause, that is,
a viable State based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its
capital and the right of Palestinians to return being guaranteed,
is being recognised the world over as the standard for a solution.
However, the thing that pains us most is the disunity and
infighting within the Palestinian Resistance. Both Fatah and Hamas
are legitimate representatives of Palestinian people and have
repeatedly shown their commitment to the Palestinian Cause by
their ceaseless struggle and sacrifice. Both are freedom fighters
and have our support, respect and admiration. The present moment
is the best to bridge the divide and come together for Palestine.
Let the past be past, and the future with a Palestinian State our
goal, the letter noted.
The letter further said: “We cannot forget that Israeli missiles
have not stopped destroying Palestinian homes, nor have the
Zionist settlers stopped their theft of Palestinian land”.
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that it was intriguing to note
that none of the dignitaries from the higher echelon of AMU
administration graced the function despite having been invited by
the organisers. They were conspicuous by their absence, sources