"Like national cemeteries elsewhere, Martyrs' Cemeteries are symbols of national unity, but unlike any other cemeteries in Lebanon, and perhaps the rest of the Middle East, Shatila Martyrs' Cemetery contains bodies of Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike, and the criteria of burial – and of belonging to the nation – is simply having struggled for the Palestinian national cause. As such Shatila Martyrs' Cemetery also holds the remains of Turkish, German, Irish, and Iranian guerrillas, among others, as well as two symbolic gravestones for two Japanese Red Army guerrillas."
As an aside, a surviving Japanese fighter, Tsutomu Shirosaki, now 66, is currently imprisoned by the United States.
If anyone has a few spare minutes and wants to write to him about Palestine, there's a very good chance he'll reply.
(Of course, it hardly needs saying that anything sent to him will probably be copied directly into a file somewhere.)
On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 8:26 PM, JOANNA A. <123hop at comcast.net> wrote:
> Thanks Joe, I had no idea.
> ----- Original Message -----
> "A photograph and a grave. These are two relics of a time, now mostly
> forgotten, of when thousands of Bangladeshis came to Lebanon in the 1980s
> as volunteers and fighters for the Palestinian cause.... "
> "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen
-- "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað."