The Organized Genocide & Muslim World
By: Shabbir Ahmad Wahgra
In the Last one month, the score in Gaza is closer to 1800 — 40 per cent of them children; and there is no sign that the international community or its associated arms of human rights or justice are anywhere near to intervening. The shooting down of a Malaysian plane which resulted in killing of 298 people on board leads to strong international reaction and newer sanctions on Russia. Indeed it’s a tragedy and condemnable but not bigger than Gaza where an organized genocide has not lead to even a single sanction from any country of the world.
The utter shame is the silence of the Muslim world and its leadership so far. Around the world in locations as far away as South Africa, Chile, Indonesia, Japan and London, thousands have participated in demonstrations to show solidarity with the Palestinians. Thousands of Israelis even in Tel Aviv protested the inhumane military action in the Gaza Strip, and more than ten thousand gathered in front of the white house to urge the American government to rethink it’s seemingly unconditional support for the Israeli occupation. But not anywhere in the whole Muslim world were such scenes witnessed, at least not in a significant numbers.
What happens in Palestine is not Shiite vs. Sunnis; that is why the Islamic world keeps silent. Children are dying in Palestine; Humanity has been destroyed there, as well as the honor of Muslims, but the leadership has turned a blind eye on all this brutality as they have no will, except for a few statements from some Muslim heads of state. The OIC and Arab League are as toothless as ever.
As much as Israel allegations of weapons storage in Gaza is concerned, it is physically not possible to transport weapons here as Gaza is blocked on three sides by Israel. On the fourth side sits the Mediterranean, controlled and managed by Israel, completing a perfect siege. It is practically now the world’s largest prison with 1.8 million inhabitants. Egypt has a 12km-wide stretch of border with Gaza but it blocks it more assiduously than even the Israelis.
What a befitting response can do, one can judge from this comparison from 2012 Israeli attack on Gaza Strip. Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Israel ended its offensive within two weeks with 177 killed.
But not this time, despite much higher causality figures and the killing of more than 500 innocent children in Gaza.
After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — which have effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.
Egyptian officials have directly or implicitly blamed Hamas instead of Israel for Palestinian deaths in the fighting, even when United Nations schools were hit by Israeli shells, something which occurred again last Sunday and compelled even United States to call it “disgraceful”.
The reluctance of major regional countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt to take a bold mediator position to end the assault on Gaza has given other regional parties an opportunity to step in. Turkey as well as Qatar, which has good relations with Hamas, Israel and the United States, are trying to take up the role that Egypt usually plays, but both have been rebuffed by Israel. The United States has also tried to mediate the conflict, even though its administration has made it clear that it supports Israel’s right to defend itself.
Pakistan’s offer of aid to Gaza and condemnation of Israeli violence must be respected because the country is not just stepping out of the Saudi line, but also their policy is in direct opposition to the US stance, its two big allies.
Pakistan’s efforts on international front are also significant especially given that it is facing the most difficult challenges within its own borders than any other Muslim country. The insurgency in Baluchistan, and Waziristan, where the military is fighting a challenging battle against militants. Whereas the government is fighting economic challenges, a dire humanitarian crisis in the shape of Waziristan refugees, and political chaos triggered by one of the main opposition party, PTI and an imported religious leader Tahir ul Qadri.
As humans we strive to exist peacefully. And that is why we must speak out against oppression. It is a matter of reminding us of the essence of humanity and civilization, that which separates us from beasts.