Saturday, November 13, 2004

On Arafat's Demise: The Palestinian Struggle Should and Will Go On

We in the Asian Students Association feel the grief and extend our condolences to the Palestinian people on the death of Yasser Arafat, once student leader and guerilla now leader of the Palestinian Authority.

Said to have been one of the founders of our member organization, the General Union of Palestinian Students, he has led marches and protests and uprisings of the Palestinian people against the US-Israeli Zionism for more than 40 years now.

Israeli Zionism has brought not only brute force and military rule as forms of dominance but bloodshed, violence and partition among the Palestinian people. It has violated the international humanitarian law, agreements and several other policies. It used weapons and arms as responses to the demands for sovereignty, justice and freedom for Palestine. Now, it has created those separation walls, the apartheid walls, to have all the resources of Palestine to themselves while depriving the Palestinian people of services and benefits and the rights that are truly theirs.

Many may have felt lost with the leaving of Arafat, long time leader of the Palestinian people. But his legacy and the legacy of the liberation movement, the quest for justice, freedom and sovereignty will remain. May the new leader continue the struggle with the people for sovereignty, freedom and self-determination.

Solidarity with the Palestinian people!
Free Palestine now!
Down with the Apartheid walls!
End US-Israeli Zionism!