By: Shabbir Ahmad Wahgra
In 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 any near to intervening. The shooting down of a Malaysian plane leads the newscast in the Western world and newer sanctions on Russia are conveniently afoot instead.
The utter shame is silence of Muslim world and its leaders as so far we have seen thousands of people Around the world in locations as far away as South Africa, Chile, Indonesia, Japan and London, demonstrations have taken place in solidarity with the Palestinians. Even Thousands of people protested Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip in Tel Aviv and in front of white house, the most big ally of Israel but not anywhere in the whole Muslim world 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 is showing a blind eye on all this genocide as they have no heart except few statements from very few Muslim head of states. OIC and Arab League are as toothless as ever so their response is as oer expectations.
As much as ammunition in Gaza is concern it is physically not possible to transport weapons to this place 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, we can judge from this comparison from 2012 Israeli attack. Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting and Israel ended its offensive with casualty figures 177.
But not this time as no real pressure exerted by neighboring Arab countries despite 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 — that has 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, for example, United Nations schools have been hit by Israeli shells, something that occurred again on Sunday.
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 at international front are also significant as we are the country facing the most difficult challenges within out borders than any other Muslim country like insurgency in Baluchistan and of course, Waziristan, where the our military is fighting the decisive and one of the difficult battle against militants. Where as government is fighting with bad economy, humanitarian crisis in the shape of IDPs and political chaos created 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 humanity, the sole feature that separates us from animals.