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Palestine opposed to Bangladesh’s war of independence – termed Bengali freedom fighters as “terrorists”

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Palestine opposed to Bangladesh’s war of independence – termed Bengali freedom fighters as “terrorists”

While Bangladeshi government had been extremely biased towards the Palestinians, it might have forgotten, Palestine and its leaders including Yaseer Arafat had been violently and openly opposed to the war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971. According to documented facts, during the war of independence of Bangladesh, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in “Mandatory Palestine” had openly called upon the Muslim nations to extend support towards Pakistan.

Yaseer Arafat, at the request of Pakistan had travelled to a number of countries with the agenda of getting support towards Pakistani occupation forces. In Arafat’s eyes, Bengali freedom fighters were seen as “terrorists”.

After many decades of the independence of Bangladesh, the so-called Palestinian Embassy in Bangladesh does not hide the fact of its opposing to latter’s war of independence. In the website it is said, “The relationship between Bangladesh and Palestine, particularly the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), can be traced as far back fight for liberation in 1971. While at first, most Arab states were hesitant to recognize the newly-established state- Bangladesh. But relations quickly warmed in 1973 when Bangladesh supported Palestinians’ fight against Israel during the October War, including sending a medical team and relief supplies for Palestinians. Relations between Bangladesh and Palestine are considered to be one of the most brotherly and cordial as Bangladesh always advocates for an independent Palestinian state and firmly against Israeli occupation. Bangladesh has always called for an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and for the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Bangladesh has a complete ban on trade (indirect and direct) with Israel as Bangladesh does not have any diplomatic relations with Israel still today.

“Bangladesh is one of the 137 countries to recognize Palestine as a state since the Palestinian Declaration of Independence on November 15, 1988. The first high-level meeting between the two countries took place in 1974 at the second OIC summit between Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Yasser Arafat. Since then there have been high level contact which resulted visit of Yasser Arafat in 1981 and 1987.

“A relationship with the PLO was established around that time period, in which Bangladesh allowed the opening of a PLO office in the capital, Dhaka, and PLO officials were frequent guests at events hosted by the Bangladeshi political and diplomatic corps.

“The affinity with Palestine became so strong and so entrenched within the Bangladeshi society that in 1980 a postal stamp was created depicting a Palestinian freedom fighter, the al-Aqsa mosque in the background shrouded by barbwire, and words that saluted Palestinian freedom fighters as “Valiant” in English and Arabic.

“According to a September 1988 US Library of Congress report, the Bangladeshi government reported in 1987 that – 8,000 Bangladeshi youths had volunteered to fight for the Palestine Liberation Organization. The announcement that came after Yasser Arafat visited the country that year and received a warm welcome from media and political circles and people across the country.

“Since the 1980s, under IMET (International Military Education and Training) there has been development of military ties between the PLO and Bangladesh with the former attending one year courses at the Bangladesh Military Academy in Chittagong. Palestine is represented in Bangladesh by the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Dhaka.”

The above statement clearly proves – Palestinians are habitual liars. While it said, the relations with the “Arab nations” were established in 1973 – two years after the independence of Bangladesh, it false claims a relations between Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Bangladesh to have been existent since 1971. It may be mentioned here that, Bangladesh won the war against Pakistani occupation forces on December 16, 1971.

Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is outlawed in the United States and recently Washington had shut-down the office of the terror-linked group. While Bangladesh is actively combating militancy, it is a matter of greatest surprise as to why the country has been hosting those Palestinians who had not only opposed to our war of independence but had actively collaborated with Pakistan.

It should be further mentioned here that, on February 4, 1972, Israel had sent a letter to the Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs giving recognition to the newly born country. Earlier, the Jewish State had offered assistance and cooperation to Bengali freedom fighters in its war of independence against the Pakistani occupation forces. According to information, Khondoker Mostaq Ahmed, killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the then Foreign Minister had secretly turned-down the Israeli recognition at the advice of his Pakistani masters.

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Sohail Choudhury is the Executive Editor of Blitz

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