Saturday, 21 May 2011

The Palestinian Issue

The Martyrdom of Milad Samir Ayyash has awakened the world to the issue of palestine... The issue that seems impossible to be resolved but which has a simple answer. When you are kicked out of your own house by a stranger and you fight for your house..who is the wrongdoer and who is right?? When people of a land cannot even mourn for their brothers killed and commemorate a sad and tragic event where seven lakh people where simply chucked out of their homeland,i ponder are we living in gods green earth?
Even the President of the worlds most powerful country is opposed openly by an adamant Netanyahu government which does not recognize a democratically elected government it is plain mockery of democracy
let us know the facts and what is this issue really about. Its a holy dilemma   

A Holy Dilemma
By Assad Hariz

It may be the only holy land in the world where people die and kill each other. The land soaked in blood. It is the land which has been battled on for thousands of years. Land of the unkind. It is called Palestine by its citizens and Israel by its rulers. It is the only place where injustice is legalized and sanctioned by the UN. The land in which the owners are mere slaves and ruled by foreigners. The world saw the end of slavery and colonization but went blind on this piece of land.

Its history talks about a multicultural society where the Canaanites, Amorites and Jebusites lived. The present day sufferers are their sons; the Arabs who are in majority but are slowly vanishing from this land. Muslims entered the place in 638 C.E under the commandership of Umer, the second caliph of the Islamic empire. Thousands converted to Islam and the official religion became Islam. The Christians and Jews lived peacefully under the Islamic rule until the crusades occurred. The crusades saw a tough period for the Muslims who lived there. The third crusade saw the death of more than 3000 innocent civilians under the very own hands of Richard the lion heart. From then on with intervals, Muslim misery continued until its peak when in 1917, the Balfore declaration was made and the Sykes Picot pact was signed which divided the Palestinian land, stripped it, not only from the Muslims but even the indigenous Christian and Jews.
The present day Jews that have settled in Israel are in fact immigrants from Eastern Europe. They are the descendants of the Khazar tribe of Russia, or the Ashkenese who moved from Russia to Eastern Europe and finally to Israel, a safe haven. But it wasn’t just a migration of poor Jews from Europe; rather it was a political move that helped Europe and other western powers and ultimately the Zionists.
The Zionist movement surfaced in1896 as the Jewish Colonization Association under a German named Baron Maurice De Hirsch. Other Jewish personality that was in the for front of the ‘Jewish state’ theory was Theodore Herzl who was a journalist. Even before such ideas were publicly announced, Jews had started to migrate. From 1882-1903,a wave of about 25000 Jews had settled in Palestine, especially from eastern Europe .Meanwhile the Zionist ideology was growing its tentacles into the political world. During the First World War, the Zionists supported Germany, in fact their head quarter was at Berlin, but when Turkey allied with Germany, they withdrew and supported Britain.
This helped in the establishment of a Jewish state on a completely secular land. The Jews from all over the world settled down in Israel. In the name of security for the Jewish minority, Britain created laws which baffled sane minds. Laws that allowed carrying of weapons, laws of immigration and various other laws that helped in cementing the Jewish menace. By 1914 the Jewish settlement increased to 40000 and 6 percentage of total population. Palestinians rebelled against this illegal occupation which resulted in the killings of hundreds of Palestinians. Such rebellions took place in 1920, 21, 29 and 36.
But, even though the Palestinian aggression could be understood, the Jewish attacks again surprised the entire world. The Jews started the Haganah (a terrorist organization or in present terminology Jewish Jihadist). They attacked Palestinians .The census that was taken in October 1921 revealed appalling facts. Out of the total population, 78% were Muslims, 9%Christians and 11% Jewish!
The land ownership of the Jews rose from 1.56% at the beginning to 6.67%.The Jews under Britain’s bosoms expanded into a headache for Middle East. 34 premeditated massacres occurred in between 1948-1950in which 13000 civilians got killed and 926000 became refugees. Even at present Palestinians are scattered all over refugee camps. The Jews started several terrorist organizations demanding a Jewish commonwealth. Some of them are the Haganah who had a large recruitment, IZL and the stern Gang. It is the ironies of irony that a nation is under occupation and its occupiers cry for justice and liberation! These terrorist organizations attacked several Palestinian towns and helped in the illegal settlement process. More than 100000 Jews settled during this phase. The IZL killed more than 350 villagers in Deir Yassin. When Hitler’s holocaust is said to be the greatest massacre of all times, the Palestinian issue is something that cannot be defined by a single word called ‘massacre’ .It is greater than a holocaust. It is torture of innocent civilians. The entire Palestinian population was reduced from 800000 to a jaw dropping 156000! It was the largest case of ethnic cleansing that Humanity has ever seen. In November 1947 the UN divided Palestine into two. The Arabs controlled 56.2% of the land and the Jews controlled 43.8%. But Israel declared itself a nation on May 15th 1948. It was the inaugural function of the world’s slaughter house. Large scale massacres, Pillages and brutal killings brought Palestine into shackles. The Pressure from Jewish lobbyists in the USA chained up the very values of democracy. The Arabs, the fellow brethren slept to the sweet lullaby of bombs and missiles that fell on every inch of Gaza.

But there were half hearted efforts from the Arabs which brought more damage than consolidation. The most famous of them was the six day war that happened in 1967.The Arabs lost terribly. The Israeli aggression worsened and the Arabs were silenced. It wasn’t until 1973 when Egypt entered Gaza but had to retreat due to American pressure. This brought back the Palestinian confidence. Yassir Arafat and the like were brought into the front face. It wasn’t an Islamic struggle but it was a socialist resistance and hence didn’t find any solution. Later in 1987 after more than 60 years of torture the first Intifada (uprising) was started. The first intifada wasn’t a great one but caught the attention of the world media. It was under the leadership of the Fattah movement that this took place. This helped the Palestinians raise their voice in the world politics. Finally by 1993 they achieved a little success. The Oslo accord was signed and some parts of Gaza and Israel were under the Palestinian authority for a while. But the pillage continued, sometimes covered by the media and sometimes under the dark clouds. Palestinian families were ripped apart. Thousands became homeless and were forced to seek refuge in the neighboring countries. Lebanon, Egypt and Syria are some of them. The media’s game of showing suicide bombings and attacks by Islamic Jihad and Hamas in a brutal light and hiding the large scale massacres and bulldozing by the Israel forces helped in belittling of Palestine into rubbles.
The year 2000 saw the second Intifada which united the Palestinians under the flag of hope. It had its crackers bursting for a while when the Israeli hunting began. The Hamas supremo Sheikh Yassin an old person in a wheel chair was killed mercilessly (2004), stating that he was a threat. Then numerous leaders of Hamas were killed one after the other. United States stood for its greatly revered value of democracy and the Palestinians agreed to it. Hamas was elected to power by purely democratic methods. Unfortunately US did not find it democratic as democracy is defined as something that’s acceptable to Uncle Sam. Israel openly promulgated its hatred towards the Palestinians by not accepting any relations with the newly elected government.
The Massacre continues without any hindrance. Babies with bullet wounds, Schools in rubbles and tanks patrolling markets are daily scenes for a Palestinian. Hundreds of women left widowed, thousands of children left fatherless and still the brutality continues without any condemnation from the global mass. It has been repeated again in December when about two thousand civilians were slaughtered and among them more than 500 were innocent children. One of the longest tortures a nation has suffered in the world’s history, the story of Palestine will stand as the permanent black spot in world history. Palestinian blood does not die out. For each person killed, an entire family awakes to fight for their motherland. Palestine has stood as the holy land that has been smeared
With the blood of innocent men, women and children for more than thousand years, a holy land that has bled profusely for its people. It is a holy land trampled upon by sinners, a dilemma that seems neither immutable nor solvable, unless the world begins to open its eyes and its leaders don’t act like they are Imbecile.

We will not go down without a fight for Gaza tonight” --Michael Hart