The Action Committee for Tamils based in Trincomalee in a press release has stated that the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka had a radical face of anti-Western and anti-Semitic attributes.
It has urged the government to create mechanisms to probe the connections of the Muslim politicians and parliamentarians, who have been widely accused for having connections with the terror out fit in Sri Lanka and abroad.
The full press release is as follows:
The island nation is yet to revert from the tremors of the Easter Sunday attacks that ruthlessly took away nearly 250 lives of innocent Catholics, Christians and foreigners. Moreover, the country has walked along a tensed month of events related to the unaccepted brutality of radical Islamist terror. We cannot neglect the facts presented, which evidently shows the seriousness in planning these attacks and the perpetrator’s targets have made us to construe that the attacks had a radical face of anti-Western and anti-Semitic attributes. The execution on the Zion Church in Batticaloa is a more open stab on Jewish thought, where the word Zion is interpreted as the land of the Jews.
Although ISIS has claimed responsibility to the attacks, the aftermath search and terror surveillance by the Sri Lankan security establishment has proved that the attacks were planned and executed locally with the influence of the National Tawheed Jamath based in the country. Here, it is important to quote Jonah Blank, a principal investigator and senior political scientist for RAND Corporation, who explains that:
“It appears that ISIS didn’t choose Sri Lanka, but that a group of Sri Lankans chose ISIS. It could have happened anywhere, but in this case the terrorists happened to be Sri Lankan, and they got their skill-set and training (apparently) from ISIS.”
The Action Committee for Tamils would like to take this matter from here and would move this into serious criticism on how the Muslim community has behaved after the attacks. Indeed, the Muslim community in Sri Lanka represented by various councils and organization has simply rejected any Sri Lankan Muslim connections or influences with the attacks whereas all the attackers are from the Sri Lankan Muslim community with explicit Islamic names. Their whereabouts also indicates their kinship with the Muslim locality. Such behavior by the Muslim community in Sri Lanka raises serious questions about principles of accountability and openness practiced by the community especially during such national calamities.
The Sri Lankan Muslim connection to the ISIS was revealed years ago when media highlighted the death of the first Sri Lankan member of ISIS who was killed in Syria in 2015. The terrorist was later found to be from a neighborhood of Galewala in Central Sri Lanka. In November 2016, parliamentarian Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksha highlighted the issue at the legislative benches where Muslim parliamentarians opposed the speech of Hon. Wijayadasa saying that the claims were baseless.
We strongly condemn such attitudes of the Muslim representation by trying to dip their hands into a Pilates Basin of Water and rejecting Sri Lankan Muslim connections to the international terror outfit. In fact, this shows their defiance of handling serious matters connected with their own community and the malpractice of failing with their obligations to solve the issues. It is also significant to shed light to the connections the Eastern Muslim community has with terror outfits. Given the establishment of training and execution bases in the Muslim populated landmarks, there is justifiable evidence to the effect that radicalization within the Muslim community is far more than we had calculated.
At this very crucial juncture, where the lives of a nation and national security is far more important, we put forward these recommendations to the Government as follows:
- Create mechanisms to probe the connections of the Muslim politicians and parliamentarians, who have been widely accused for having connections with the terror out fit in Sri Lanka and abroad.
- Effect an immediate ban on all the Madrasas and Muslim institutions that are trying to encourage the learning of Arabic, as we see there isn’t a need to be educated in Arabic in Sri Lanka.
- Track all foreign aid that is flowing from abroad to Muslim non-governmental organizations and Islamic institutions.
- Human rights and dignity of the people are respected in countering terrorism because that is demanded by the rule of law.
- Consolidate security in the East, where terror elements are identified and risk factors are warned to ensure the security of the population.