By Dr. Mohammad Ghitreef
In the last ten days of Ramadan, Netanyahu invaded Palestine and attacked his desired target, and apparently succeeded, forcing the new US administration to side with Israel unilaterally before adopting a balanced approach . The western media has described the Israeli aggression as a one-sided response to Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israel; what could be a bigger lie ? In Netanyahu’s dirty game an Israeli court also ordered the expulsion of Palestinians living for hundreds of years in Jerusalem’s Abu Ubaidah Bin Jarrah market allegedly saying that the site was purchased by Jews seventy years ago. Note that the Jewish religious ceremonies are underway in which a large number of Jewish pilgrims arrive at the Weeping Wall (adjacent to Al-Aqsa Mosque). These pilgrims and settlers clashed with Al-Aqsa’s bodyguards. The intention of the Israelis are doubtful because on several occasions they have damaged the mosque and even tried to burn it , in the process burning the pulpit named after Saladin(Salahuddin).
In light of these facts, Israel is the aggressor in the current conflict, as it often is, but the Western media and the United States consider it Israel’s right to defend itself!
The situation now is that the area of the small Gaza Strip, which has been under economic boycott for 15 years, now accounts for 6% of occupied historical Palestine. It should be noted that when the United Nations divided Palestine into two parts and formed Israel in 1948, the Jews had only 6%. The Israeli army is besieging it from all sides with tanks and artillery. Various buildings are being blown up with missiles. Press centres and medical facilities are being attacked. Gaza’s power lines have been cut off. The lives of the people are in danger. So far 250 people, including innocent children, have been martyred, most of them are innocent civilians. Thousands of Palestinians have been injured; sadly ,they do not have access to health care. At the same time, 60,000 Palestinians have been rendered homeless. Despite this, the Palestinian nation has clearly refused to bow down and this is a clear sign of their victory. Mahmoud Abbas’s party Alfateh has almost lost its relevance. Now only Hamas is articulating Palestinian resistance and national aspirations. Hamas has so far fought with courage, bravery and remarkable strategy. Egypt, as some media reports suggest, has now opened the Rafah border and the Jordanian people are also doing relief work. However, the reality is that this fight cannot be fought emotionally but needs tools of superior technology, superior military and strategic knowhow. And here ,there is no match and competition between Israel and Hamas. People question why is it that Israel is so small and so many Arab countries around it can’t do anything in the face off with it ? In fact, Israel is not alone. The United States and Europe have always sided with it.
Fortunately, Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at Israel, most of them were destroyed by Israel’s defense system (the Iron Dome). They do no harm, but there is a need for building psychological pressure which they are achieving. That is why the Israeli death toll is no more than ten or twelve. And alas the world blindly declares its bloody aggression as defensive action!
Undoubtedly, Hamas should be commended for understanding that this war is their own war, which they have to fight on their own. neither the so-called international community nor the so-called Muslim Ummah can help them. In fact for me, Muslim Ummah is misnomer! That there is no unified political entity called the Muslim Ummah, it is a scattered mass. (I can say that it is at best a spiritual entity in the form of the Muslim people of the world . Therefore, the OIC’s own status in the world today is not much, so expecting a fruitful action from it is hoping against hope and amounts to living in a paradise of fools.
As for the Arab nations , they are all scattered. The hearts of their people certainly beat with the Palestinians, but the rulers are all captives of their own political positions and interests. The hearts of all are torn. Rather, they are toys in the hands of superpowers. The bitter fact is that the British and other powers gave hegemony to these poor people (these toys of small states and feudal shekhdoms). They have no interest in resolving the issue of Palestine. On the contrary, history tells us that it was the wrong and emotional decisions of the Arab rulers which made the situations worse for Palestinians. The Arab world now believes that “we can’t all do anything in face of Israel, so it’s good to have relations with it.” However, it is now part of history that there is no point in repeating.
The role of Turkey, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan in the current conflict is commendable. It would be a great thing if Turkey could form an army to protect the Palestinians! But in today’s world this does not seem possible. However, one solution seems to be that now is the right time. Palestinians must unilaterally declare independence and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, which Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Iran and Pakistan must immediately recognize, and all countries must work together for its protection and its prosperity.
The United Nations and the rest of the world should recognize it. Hamas and Islamic Jihad and other organizations should join the proposed Palestinian army and end their existence as militias and use their energies in developing their new state. Turkey, Iran and Pakistan can also take responsibility for the security of this new state as a result of foreign aggression for the time being. I wonder that this strategy can also be tried as part of the toolkit in which so many other tools have been used so far.
؎ شایدکہ اترجائے ترے دل میں مری باتMay be your heart is open for my suggestion
*Research Associate Center for Muslim Education and Culture Hindu Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh