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Look at Israel!

May 30, 2010

Look at Israel!

By Saeed Qureshi

Egypt an Islamic country is one with Israel in coercing the segment of palsetinians living in miserable conditions in the blockaded Gaza Strip controlled by Hamas. In three years of the blockade( since June 2007) that bars such essential commodities as cement and even medicines, the resident living in the besieged Palestinian territory are cut off from the rest of the world and are forced to be confined to the harrowing life of a concentration camp. Israel allows only limited humanitarian supplies from aid organizations into the Gaza Strip that is equal to one quarter of the pre-blockade volume. The blockade has been decried by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Human Rights Council and many human rights organizations
Now moved by the pathetic and most pitiable conditions of the Gaza residents, some organizations from Europe and Turkey, out of sheer humanitarian spirit, wanted to deliver the much-needed necessities of life to the besieged inhabitants on six ships that carried no weapons as before their departure these were thoroughly examined by the Turkish authorities. If the Flotilla had reached the port, it would have given a saving grace to Israel by allowing the vital humanitarian aid to the worst afflicted people of Gaza. It could have given Israel a humanitarian and benign image and might have led to further easing of the tight and suffocating restrictions imposed by mighty Israel on Gaza residents. It could as well have diluted the bitterness now existing between Israel and Hamas.
However, even these modest and harmless relief efforts were stubbornly resisted by Israel and a military action was ordered to capture the flotilla by swooping down on them by airstrikes. The Israeli navy also took part in this excessive use of force. Israel is in the habit of taking every move aimed at making peace in the volatile region or easing the life of the helpless Palestinians as a challenge to its sovereignty or territorial integrity. It is an over-reaction and a paranoid propensity to use force even on occasions where mere negotiations would be enough.
The attack on peaceful flotilla has further tarnished the already besmirched image of a brutal and bully Israel that talks of holocaust but has created and imposed another holocaust on the helpless and economically crippled people of Palestine who have enormously suffered in all manners ever since the creation of Israeli state. They have been forced all these years to live like animals and survive at the mercy of a power-drunk Israel aided, abetted by a super power: the United States of America.
In the frenzied hate for the Muslims which is not rational nor prudent, most of the Christian world blindly supports Israel that has acted and operated more like untamed bandit and uncontrollable rogue in that sensitive region of the world. The Christian world takes leave of it sense of justice and fair play and humanitarian zeal when the Muslims are bludgeoned by a reckless and unbridled Israel.
The Palestinian state has been promised by the United Nations side by side with a Jewish state. Then why one state exists, while the rightful claimants of other are being subjected to barbarities that continue unabated. Why doesn’t, the Western civilized world and particularly United States and United Kingdom honor the United Nations resolution number 181 of November 1947 recommending partition of the territory into two states, one Jewish and one Arab? Why have they equipped Israel to the teeth with lethal and atomic weapons while the civilian Palestinian population is made to suffer for over six decades now for no fault? The legitimate demand and right of an independent state by Palestinian nation has invariably been met with brutal massacres as was done by both Israeli army and the Christian Lebanese Forces militia group in Sabira and Shatilla refugee camps in September 1982.
Thereafter, Israel with impunity and on her bidding, has been killing Palestinians, raiding their areas with more massacres, and inflicting more miseries on the Palestinian nation. One shudders to see that several millions Palestinians, a part of human race, is languishing in concentration camps and denied even barest necessities of life and given rationed food. They are forced to live within a bounded territory with no chance of rebuilding their shanty houses destroyed frequently by Israeli bombing.
The flotilla’s horrendous episode must awaken the slumbering conscious of the world at large and give rude jolt to those nations that have been unconditionally and unjustifiably supporting Israel’s barbaric and savage treatment of the Palestinian nation that has a moral and legal right to an independent piece of land. The world community must act fast to bridle and restrain a merciless Israel that knows no bounds when it comes to butchering and brutalizing innocent Palestinians.

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