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Palestine nemesis of islamic character

Written by Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan 9:00 pm Published Content, Research Papers

Palestine: Nemesis of Islamic Character

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is complex and has historical, military, and political dimensions. It is rooted in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. The crisis has been analyzed extensively, but the suffering continues. Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan states that it is crucial to take a stand, especially when innocent lives are at stake. The conflict is not about generalizations but specific incidents of legal, moral, communal, and societal violations. The historical backdrop of the conflict goes back over a century, with the concept of Zionism playing a significant role.
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Lt Gen (Rtd) Tariq Khan is a retired army officer who has served as the head of Pakistan’s Central Command.

“Palestine: Nemesis of Islamic Character” is a long article that attempts to analyze the realities of the Arab-Israel conflict. Explaining it in a short version would exclude matters crucial to the conflict’s rationale, logic, and history. It is a complicated conflict because it has a historical angle, a military dimension, and a political influence. However, it is also a simple conflict, as it is easily explained as a phenomenon triggered by the illegal occupation of land by a usurper and the legitimate response by the legal occupants of the land in resisting this unlawful occupation.

“Self-defense is not just a set of techniques. It’s a state of mind that begins with the belief that you are worth defending.”

Rorion Gracie

The Palestinian crisis has been analyzed and over-analyzed, yet it goes on unabated and is witnessed by an indifferent world. No new substance can be added to all that has already been printed and presented. Given that there is little one can do to alleviate the wailing and anguish of the Gazan community; empathy and compassion for human dignity demand that one should, at the least, firmly establish where he or she stands. Where life and death matter, picking a side is important, lest the wrong that civilization perpetuates on it remains forgotten and buried in the confusion of false narratives, hypocrisy, duplicity, and perfidy publicized to hide reality. Thus, one finds oneself at a loss when in search of plausible cause and reason to determine why whole communities in general, but women and children in particular, are subjected to deliberate violence and brutality and written off in the name of collateral loss.

To begin with, propriety demands that one must not reduce one’s argument to generalization—it serves no purpose other than providing an environment to indict the other, with each accusation nothing more than a product of a historically driven but structured perception and a shaped opinion vested in self-interest. One should, instead, point toward specific incidents related to legal, moral, communal, and societal violations so that the objective of the analysis is not lost in emotional rhetoric and political oratory. Such superficial justifications are tainted by respective prejudices, biases, and propaganda that usually find artificial moral traction through the infamous cliché, “in the best interest of our respective states.” This sentence holds the key to explaining human conduct founded on fake values that justify extending a moral and physical license to annihilate whole communities, all in the name of patriotism, self-defense, and national preservation. After all, as was said by Samuel Johnson, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”

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The backdrop to the Israeli-Arab crisis goes back over a century. 61% of the Jews claim that God gave Israel to the Jews and thus established a perpetual divine right to rule the land. Arab Jews have lived side by side with the Arab Muslims in Palestine for centuries, and there is nothing new in this—but bringing in Jews from Europe and the rest of the world, changing the demographic equation based on a biblical statement that is 4000 years old is a ridiculous rationale.

The hills and undulating terrain of, and next to, Jerusalem were always known and named as “Zion,” and this took on a symbolic clarion call for Jews all over the world to “return to and concentrate around Zion.” Thus, all Jews worldwide who want to establish their presence central to Zion are commonly addressed as Zionists—all Zionists are Jews, but all Jews are not Zionists.

This sentiment of Zionism was later translated into the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a book originally published in 1903 but later banned worldwide. The Jews have since rejected it as a piece of propaganda against them. One can take Jewish denials with a pinch of salt, simply a fake claim to dissociate from the book. The book refers to the world divided into the Goyam (non-Jews) and the Jews—with the Jews having the divine right to rule the world.

Pillars of Jewish Global Dominance

The four pillars of Jewish global dominance evolve around:

  1. Propaganda/Media/News
  2. Gold and banking
  3. Entertainment/Amusement and exploitation of human vulnerabilities and weaknesses
  4. Clandestine infiltration into societies using women and wealth

However, the protocols eventually led to the Balfour Declaration of 1917—between the British Government and the US entrepreneur Baron Rothschild—assisted by the manipulations of T.E. Lawrence of Arabia. The declaration exists to date and specifically mentions a “National Home for the Jewish people,” but it never mentions a separate country for the Jews.

Napoleon first raised the concept when he conquered Acres in 1799 and recommended a Jewish homeland in Palestine. However, his proposal was based on establishing a French protectorate and colony in the region. Later, the proposed national home for Jews was carved out of Palestinian land by the British. Implicitly, in this whole process, with divine sanction, international conspiracy, and British duplicity, nowhere is there any sign of Palestinian involvement or relevance to the entire process. The League of Nations allowed Palestine to be governed by a British protectorate in 1922, having truncated the Ottoman Empire it had been a part of. The British had no legal or moral right to give this land to the international Jewish community, and that too at the expense of the Palestinians.

Israel was established on 14th May 1948, sliced out of Palestinian land without Palestinian consultation or representation, and was immediately declared a state, contrary to the commitments of the Balfour Declaration. A UN resolution demanded that two separate states be established, i.e., Palestine and Israel. However, multitudes of Jews immigrated from Europe, and a stage arrived where the British had to limit the number of Jewish refugees entering Israel and tried to confine those that had arrived to refugee camps. This led to an armed/terrorist-style confrontation between the Jews and the British, with the British conveniently surrendering the moral ground and then, in their usual style, leaving the stage without a resolution to the problem.

Israeli settlements are considered to be illegal by the international community. The strategy of settlements is a product of the “Allon Plan” named after Yigal Allon. It is designed to expand beyond the recognized borders of Israel into the West Bank by forced expulsion of the Palestinians, illegally occupying Palestinian property and lands, and annexing other spaces such as the Golan Heights, Jordan Valley, and East Jerusalem.

“The Allon Plan” is commonly known as pogroms (exterminations) by the Israeli community themselves. This has since been internationally considered as a war crime. Israel is a blatant violator of international law and has no moral, legal, or administrative justification for taking over lands from Palestine based on a flimsy argument that it was granted to them by God. This illegal annexation and occupation of Palestinian lands started in earnest in 1948, but in fact, mass immigration of Jews into Israel was encouraged under the British protectorate since the late 1920s.

Arab-Israeli Wars

Since its inception, there have been six wars that Israel has fought with its neighbors. The first, as early as 1948-49, involved the attack on Deir Yassin by the terrorist organization Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern Gang. The Arabs responded by attacking a convoy carrying passengers to Jerusalem, killing 78 Jews.

The conflict resulted in declaring 78% of mandatory Palestine as Israel (mandatory Palestine was established between 1920 and 1948 by the League of Nations as the Mandate of Palestine). This effectively disposed the Palestinians of their lands, homes, and possessions that had always been theirs since recorded history. The Arabs refer to the incident as Nakba (catastrophe).

Later, a coalition of Arab Nations, led by Egypt, attacked Israel in 1956 to right the wrong perpetuated by the West, but the Arabs were not up to the task and were rerouted and defeated. Resultantly, Israel captured huge swathes of territory that, after negotiations, were returned to the respective countries, and Israel found itself back to the borders established in March 1956.

In 1967, the Arabs again initiated a war against Israel, famously known as the “6-Day War,” where Israel captured Sinai and Gaza and acquired total control of Jerusalem.

Subsequently, Egypt mounted another offensive in 1973 with its allies that led to a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel—peace was negotiated with the normalization of relations between Egypt and Israel based on the Camp David Accords. However, this was widely unpopular in the Muslim world and was the direct cause of President Anwar Sadat’s assassination. As such, resistance against Israeli occupation and expansion by the Arab communities and the Palestinians continued in simmering sporadic conflicts.

This led to the raising of Hezbollah as a resistance movement against the Israelis; the resistance was conducted from Lebanon. This eventually caused Israel to pursue its aggressive designs in Lebanon, first in 1982 and then again in 2006, mainly against Hezbollah, who became the face of the resistance. Since then, Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiya) also began its resistance from the Gaza Strip, which is explained below.

Population

The total number of Jews in the world is about 15 million at best, or the Jewish population is 0.2% of the global population. Of these, 81% live in the USA (6 million) and Israel (7 million), with the rest sprinkled all over Europe and the remaining world.

The global Palestinian population is 14.7 million, of which 6.6 million reside in Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank, with 1.6 million living within internationally recognized borders of Israel, which makes up 20% of the population in Israel.

The major population of Palestinians in Israel are divided into two spaces, i.e., Gaza and the West Bank.

palestine nemesis of islamic character

The Palestinians, confined to Gaza, are about 2.2 million souls restricted to a space that is 41 km long and 10 km at its widest, making a total area of 3675 sq km. Gaza has the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Israel to the East and North, and Egypt to its South. It is recognized as the most densely populated area in the world and is under perpetual siege by Israel.

The West Bank, on the other hand, is landlocked and lies east of Jerusalem and West of the Jordan River and has a land area of 5640 sq km plus a water area comprising the Dead Sea, amounting to another 220 sq km. The population involves 2.7 million Palestinians and 6,70,000 Israeli settlers.

International indifference towards the atrocities committed by Israel against the Palestinians has been shocking and has exposed Western duplicity in the face of human tragedy. The international Muslim community is about 2 billion and comprises 25% of the global population. However, despite holding the major resource in fossil fuels and wealth, this 25 % is overwhelmed by the 0.2 % of Jews and is incapable of lifting a finger to help the Palestinians.

Jewish Control Over the US

On the other hand, with a stranglehold on US politics, Jewish control over US international policy is astounding. A clear case of the tail that wags the dog. It is neither difficult to understand nor something to be amazed about as to why the Jews have been persecuted throughout history—again and again. With a small population of Jews in the world, they still wield a disproportionate influence in global affairs in general and in the Middle East in particular. They manage to get involved in the polity, politics, economy, media, and security paradigms of their nations of interest.

Jewish Modus Operandi (M.O.)

Research done by Jayne Gardner gives a succinct summary of the Jewish modus operandi. Historically, Jews have been expelled from 79 countries and from some, multiple times. Some of the incidents explaining their treachery include the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, an American intelligence-gathering ship in 1967, killing 34 US service members and wounding many more. It was a false flag operation that was exposed and was intended to provoke a US response against Egypt. Israel justified the matter as a case of mistaken identity, a claim passionately contradicted by the survivors of the USS Liberty, with ample evidence, but who were then threatened by a court martial if they persisted with their accusations.

One objective was to block any intelligence gathered about the Israeli attack on the Golan Heights in violation of an international peace accord and ceasefire. The second objective was to instigate a US-Egyptian confrontation by mounting a false flag operation accusing Egypt of the attack.

Similarly, the curious case of Jonathan Pollard and other Israeli spies conducting clandestine operations against the US while the US turned a blind eye towards this blatant act of deceit and disloyalty.

It is amazing to read about antigentilism and the hate perpetuated in the Babylonian Talmud. That it is okay to kill and steal from a gentile (non-Jew) but that Jewish lives are sacred. That their “chutzpah,” which claims that a gentile is equated with a barnyard animal, is a prominent thought process. They control the majority of wealth, media, and academia despite a population that is hardly 0.2% of the globe.

The constant search for a new definition of political correctness where historians such as Germar Rudolf and David Irving, including many others, were incarcerated simply for making an academic inquiry into a specific period of history. Others, too, have been arrested or assassinated for simply trying to rationalize the narrative of the Holocaust and bring out the reality of the tragedy that it was.

It is very clear that the US-Iraq War of 2003 was an Israeli demand and had no political, moral, or military justification. Jewish Zionists manipulated the war. “Israeli-Firsters” in the Bush Administration did so that Jewish blood could be spared and, instead, young American men and women could be sacrificed. It is they who control the Middle Eastern policy of the USA as it is they who control the Congress, the Senate, and the puppet presidents.

In December 2017, East Jerusalem was illegally occupied and controlled by Israel, contrary to the ruling of the ICJ (International Court of Justice). Only the US recognized Jerusalem to be the new Israeli capital, while the international community had not extended any such recognition.

China still recognizes East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Nevertheless, and inconsistent with the status of corpus-separatum, the UN has designated East Jerusalem as an occupied Palestinian territory. The corpus-separatum (separate-body resolution) was passed by the UN General Assembly with a 2/3rd majority in November 1947 and is instrumental in declaring Jerusalem as an international city to be governed by the UN. Thus, Israel has continued unabated, with its duplicity, betrayal, and dishonesty, despite the consequences it has had to suffer throughout history.

The 7th October Incident

On 7th October 2023, Hamas executed a brilliant land, air, and sea maneuver against Israel. The attack put the whole world on notice. One of the questions that arise in the aftermath of this incident is, why did Hamas choose this specific date to suddenly attack Israeli territory?

The current crisis is not a standalone event and involves international politics and global dynamics. Thus, the Palestinian attack on Israeli settlements and military bases must not be seen in isolation. With more than 75 years of occupation, continuous Israeli brutality, genocide, and forced expansion onto Palestinian lands, with an indifferent international community and an impotent UN, the attack on Israel was an event waiting to happen. It was never about “if” but rather “when” would happen.

At this time, there was also a buzz of anticipation regarding the Israeli and Saudia normalization initiatives which involved the entire Middle East as well as many other Muslim countries. In this context, Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu, addressed the UN on a new trade corridor on 23rd September 2023. A utopian idea of connecting Israel, India, Africa, Europe, and the Arab world. It was an American project and a response to the Chinese BRI (Belt and Road Initiative). Even when it was announced, it never appeared to be something that would succeed. However, the diplomatic activity around the suggestion was bringing the Saudis and the Muslim world into a normal relationship with Israel.

Such a rapprochement between the Islamic world and Israel would have left the Palestinians out on a limb and totally in the cold and with a global indifference towards the plight that they had been suffering for decades—Hamas had to act; there was no choice. If the rapprochement had met with any success, Palestine and its people would have been relegated to history and no one would ever have raised a finger to support them. They would have been forgotten and side-lined, while trade and business would further downgrade Palestine to an anonymous entity—corporate activity taking precedence over human dignity and decency. So Hamas acted.

Some still insist that with the sophisticated early warning system, the automated Iron Dome concept, and mobilization plans available to Israel, it is inconceivable that Israel was surprised and that this was a trap/false flag operation to justify an Israeli attack on Gaza. This implies that 1400 Israeli casualties and the 203 hostages taken into Gaza were deliberately sacrificed by the Israelis to facilitate a casus belli to conduct reprisals against Palestinians. That Hamas was, by implication, an accomplice to the Israeli grand deception.

Well, first, the Israelis have never needed a rationale or a moral justification to attack the Palestinians and have always pursued genocidal atrocities against the Palestinian populace without the need to justify their conduct. International indifference to the Palestinian plight makes it all the more permissible and acceptable. The Israelis have done this repeatedly while the world watched on benignly. Secondly, the system that the Israelis have put up in their defense has never been tested for its impregnability and, as such, was susceptible and open to hacking as well as hostile electronic disruptive warfare. Thirdly, Hamas would never conspire with the Israelis.

A new question now arises: Where and how has $150 billion in bilateral assistance, including an average of $4 billion in annual military aid from the United States, been utilized, and to what effect? Has Israeli incompetence and lack of capacity finally been exposed? Are Israeli vulnerabilities so easy to exploit?

One ought to keep in mind that the Palestinians possess several combat elements designed to prosecute a war against Israel and whatever combat potential it has.

Palestinian Armed Resistance

Hamas

The first is Hamas (Islamic Resistance Fighters), which has 25,000 primarily sunni muslim members and is generally located in and around the Gaza Strip. The most controversial part of Hamas’ history is the rumor that Israel first established it as a counterweight to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in 1987 which turned rogue and effectively became the strongest critic and resistance fighter against Israel.

Due to easy geographical access, Egypt resources and funds Hamas through sympathetic groups/individuals. Iran is a principal sponsor, despite its Sunni flavor. Iran extends its help in pursuance of its state policy. At the same time, Qatar is also a main source of funding amongst many other nations worldwide.

It is the legally elected representative of the Palestinian people and won the 2006 election, removing Fatah in the Gaza Strip, also visible in the West Bank.

Fatah

Fatah is the largest component of the PLO and is seen by the Arabs as a compromised group that is not open to resisting Israeli occupation. Control of the West Bank remains with secular Fatah.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

Then there is the Islamic Jihad or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), with a strength of about 8,000 to 10,000 and is considered to be a part of the “Axis of Resistance.” An offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, it acquired its ideology from Iran. It is mostly present in the West Bank but also exists in the Gaza Strip. PIJ has its logistical and administrative depth in Syria but gets substantial support from Iran. Its headquarters are in Damascus and Beirut. Unlike Hamas, PIJ does not participate in any political activity.

Hezbollah

The largest and strongest group, Hezbollah, claims to have about 100,000 Shiite fighters, which some analysts feel is an exaggeration. However, the consensus is that they can field about 20,000 trained fighters, potentially growing to 30,000 through volunteers. Hezbollah is located in Lebanon and was founded in 1982, but exercises global influence. It has grown and acquired experience in the Syrian and Lebanese civil wars. It has been engaged in resisting Israel since its inception, making it a battle-hardened organization. Hezbollah is supported by Iran and is armed with sophisticated Russian missiles such as the SA-22 ground-to-air weapon system.

So what we are looking at in total is a Palestinian resistance capacity to generate about 60,000 fighters that can apply themselves from the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Lebanon, and the Golan Heights. This makes it a potentially multi-directional force and a multi-dimensional 6-character, i.e., urban warfare and guerrilla-style, hit-and-run sporadic engagements.

The resistance movement has avoided standing battles and static hard-point resistance, preferring to wax and wane. For Hamas to successfully execute their maneuver on 7th October, they must have diligently planned it in advance. It needed to be resourced, extensive training had to be undertaken, and the execution rehearsed for the efficacy of timing, objectives, simultaneity, and mutual support. They must have waited for an opportune time—as already explained, new bilateral initiatives between the Arabs and the Israelis must have been the trigger that set these operations off.

On the other hand, with such a brilliant execution of a surprise maneuver, is it possible that Hamas did not contemplate the ‘end-state’ of their operation? That the obvious consequence would be the brutal genocide against the civilian population of Gaza? It is not possible that this conclusion had not been arrived at, considered, and analyzed. However, with the unprovoked Al Aqsa Mosque attacks, the evident Israeli intent in clearing more space for settlers, expansionist designs, and an indifferent global opinion as to what was happening, Hamas may have deliberately done what it did on with intent to bait and embroil the Israeli Army into a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. This operational thought would have been to nudge the Israeli military posture, bias, and bearing into attempting to dominate the Gaza Strip.

Israeli warnings to the Palestinians to vacate Gaza and move south is a clear indicator that the ruse worked. The US Foreign Secretary Tony Blinken’s visit to Egypt to convince them to allow the Palestinians to enter the Sinai and settle there is one thought, the Egyptian President’s remarks about hoping that the crisis of Gaza Strip would not turn into a regional issue, is another. Both indicate an Israeli intent to execute a Palestinian exodus vacating the Gaza Strip. Israel sees this as an opportunity to align its border along the Red Sea, remove the irritant of Palestinians living in Gaza, and improve their security paradigm, thus being drawn into the Hamas gambit.

Another possible endeavor that the Israelis would like to undertake, is to expand into the Golan Heights. However, these military advancements depend on how they sustain the first and second phases of the operations, i.e., bombing campaigns and then advancing into the urban rubble and tunnels.

After the first knee-jerk announcement, Israel realized that they might be walking into a trap and, as such, have started to display a tentative streak in entering Gaza. As such, the whole process of expanding into Gaza is most likely a mindless reaction but one that fulfills an old-standing ambition to annihilate the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and, sometime later, the West Bank, too.

Though the current onslaught on Gaza, killing over 32,000 civilians and murdering roughly 500 to 700 a day by aerial bombardment, can be ruled out as any Israeli initiative and viewed more as a reflex response to being strategically surprised, in the overall context, it must also be seen as an opportunity for the Israelis to pursue their expansionist plan in accordance to their age-old desire.

With tempers high, the situation fluid, and the environment uncertain—the military objectives have become more absolute: either no Israelite to be left standing or no Palestinians allowed to survive. Since this is not a realistic end-state, it is more likely that one side will succumb to the pressures of combat and violence and surrender its sovereignty.

At present, Israel seems to be too strong to be forced into a surrender or a negotiated settlement, but the situation is not militarily promising for them either. The Palestinians have the advantage that in preference to being wiped out, they still have options to migrate to other places within the region. This is what is what the Israelis hope for, by the genocide they are perpetuating. The nature of the war in Palestine is asymmetric, with one side using high-tech equipment and the other rudimentary weapon systems. Mobility is severely curtailed due to the destruction caused by the air bombardment.

The objectives of this war are aimed at the total annihilation of one or the other. This has several implications for the region. However, logistics for both sides have begun to matter in regards to what kind of international support is provided to either side regarding administration, logistics, munitions, and arsenal. The character of the war is focused on human targeting and causing heavy causalities. Operations are intelligence-based; the Israelis, having very limited human intelligence, are dependent on electronic and digital intelligence, which is susceptible to disruption by hacking, jamming, or overloading of information.

Since Hamas is mostly underground, their knowledge of the terrain and locally improvised communication methods help them remain fluid, illusive, and flexible in foot mobility. Hamas has the advantage of fighting on their home ground and being comfortable with whatever spaces they manage.

The war is under critical observation by the United States, which wishes to support Israel as best as it can. Having warned and bombed some Iranian installations in Syria, the US bases in the Middle East all over have been subjected to rocket attacks themselves, thus expanding the Palestinian-Israeli war. Though the US is reluctant to put boots on the ground, the situation may compel them to do so at some stage. With direct or indirect US involvement, Iran is likely to get sucked into the war, which may even be one of the desired consequences (albeit one of default) of this conflict, as hoped for by the United States and Israel. This would allow the bombing and destruction of Iranian nuclear facilities, immediately escalating the war to a new level.

Russia might want to assert itself, seeing the opportunity, and since they also have the capability. At the global level, Ukraine is gradually being down-graded and forgotten, giving Russia a victory on a plate.

China is likely to speed up BRI now. With the cooperation of 130 countries, it is already set to take over as the global leader in the financial spectrum, and the US is trying its damnedest to prevent this from happening. China may also render some direct or indirect military support to Iran if such an occasion were to arise. The snowballing effect of this escalation could force regional countries to take one side or the other in their national interest and compel them to contribute in some way towards the side they have selected or elected to support.

Thus, future alignment has begun to take shape with Israel, the US, India, and a reluctant Europe on one side while China, Russia, Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and possibly the Middle East are on the other.

Parameters of the New World Order

This crisis is reshaping a new world order. However, what needs to be remembered is that global order is not a single-dimensional phenomenon. It has three distinct parameters. The first is military domination, this remains an exclusive US privilege, as they have uncontested global military influence, making it a unipolar order. It also explains why US diplomatic strategies and foreign relations emanate from the barrel of a gun.

The second parameter is the global fiscal order. The US dollar is still the international monetary reserve for many nations, and the rules and regulations for doing business have divided the world into smaller power centers. The World Trade Organisation (WTO), the European Union (EU), BRICS, BRI, etc., have defined the global fiscal setting as a multipolar world with China threatening US dominance.

The third spectrum of global control has begun to swing into the hands of digital applications; AI and robotics. These are not necessarily government-regulated, owned, or organized. They are individual companies, people, and groups. This spectrum of global influence is expected to bring a different dimension into international methods to inter and intra-state relations. The Hamas attack on the Israeli infrastructure, disabling early warning systems, intelligence, and automation systems, is a good illustration of where the world is heading. Tomorrow may bring stateless entities to the forefront where recognized conventions such as the UN may become irrelevant.

Global Involvement

People from various countries are disagreeing with their government’s handling of this crisis. Protests in favor of Palestine have shaken states in the Americas, Europe, and even in the rest of the world; something unprecedented and never heard of in the past. The voting for a ceasefire in the UN led to 120 votes in favor, with the US and Israel voting against it supported by a few island states.

The isolation of the United States and Israel has started to become an issue. The Palestinian problem is primarily a Muslim problem where the world stands by, watching benignly, as an entire Muslim community is decimated. The Palestinians do not deserve to die but are subjected to a unilateral death sentence because 0.2% of the global population finds them to be an irritant with whom they cannot co-exist. The Muslim world (25% of the globe) does not care enough to do anything about it; they have forsaken their brethren.

The crisis as it stands today has exposed the Muslim world for its total lack of capacity, sincerity, or honesty. Even as the Jordanian King gave an aggressive speech at the UN and tabled a resolution for a ceasefire, his country was facilitating US-Israel flights (62 at the time) carrying ammunition for the bombing of Gaza.

Iran has emerged as the newest leader of the Islamic countries, while Turkey has made some noise but shown no action. The crisis has brought Saudia, Iran, and Turkey into a huddle, but it’s still only talk; all the while, precious lives are being lost. Palestine is on its own.

This crisis is different from the ones in the past—no one is willing to assist the Palestinians and they are managing on their own. The truth is evident as illustrated by what was recently said by them to the Islamic world in general, “Do not pray at our funerals—we are not dead but are alive. It is you who are all dead”.

Role of Pakistan

Pakistan, once a voice in the Islamic world, is today an irrelevant entity that the world finds fit to ignore and disregard. Considering our lack of capacity—physical and intellectual—maybe it is a good thing, a blessing in disguise, lest we expose ourselves unnecessarily. We should do what we always do, hoot our slogans into the wind—slogans without substance and remain ineffectual. Whereas the two oldest unresolved resolutions at the UN are of Palestine and Kashmir, with Pakistan central to the latter, Pakistan is not found anywhere, either in the matter of Palestine or Kashmir. Pakistan, as a nation, is best described by the posture and body language of its cricket team in the World Cup. Young men represent the country whose spirit is amputated and whose people have no voice.

In a nation where the violation of the law, constitution, and convention is so blatant, where principle, moral code of conduct, and ethical behavior so far removed from day-to-day functioning, that we as a nation and a people have forfeited the right, to stand and be counted, voicing our concern about anything in the world. We have forsaken our dignity and honor and abdicated from any role amongst the Islamic countries and the Muslim nations. We have relegated ourselves as the pariahs of our time, living off scraps thrown at us—without shame or remorse.

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of the atrocities committed by his side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”

George Orwell.

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