NOAM Chomsky, prominent American philosopher and public critic, has rightly described Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison.

The recent attacks by Israel were as inhumane and unlawful as is the treatment of prisoners in the worst jails like Guantanamo Bay.

These attacks were an open violation of human rights and international law. Which provision of the international law allows such hostility?

The silence of the so-called champions of human rights and international law, the US and the UN, is conspicuous. The UN is again proving itself as a rubber-stamp organisation in the hands of powerful countries.

So is the case of toothless OIC which acclaims itself as a representative body of 56 Islamic states. We are still waiting for even a verbal protest on the part of the OIC. That is the maximum one can expect of the OIC.

AHMAD ZIA TULLA Sargodha

OIC’s role THE attacks by Israel on Gaza were terrorism in which a number of innocent children were martyred and thousands of adult wounded. Now the world can see the real face of Israel.

In this situation, American support for Israel is deplorable. Where are the United Nations and the OIC? Muslims are protesting this violence but their leaders are silent.

HAMSHIRA KHALID Karachi

Silence A LARGE number of people died in the recent brutal strikes by Israel against the hapless people of Gaza, but no voice was raised by the world community in support of Palestine which is being crushed so heartlessly.

The question is: where are all the human rights organisations? Are they just the instruments used by big powers?

Didn’t they see the brutality of Israel? The UN Security Council did not waste time in assembling against Syria and Libya, but it failed to condemn the Israeli aggression.

More importantly, despite being an Islamic organisation, the role of the OIC is disappointing as it has not come up with a clear-cut stance on the Palestine issue.

Will the Muslim nations wake up from their deep slumber to stop Israel from commiting brutal acts against the Palestinians in future?

ATHAR BUKHARI Islamabad

Updated Nov 27, 2012 12:10am

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Comments (7) (Closed)


chaudhary umair
Nov 27, 2012 08:22am
oic should take a step instead of silence.
Inditalk
Nov 27, 2012 12:22pm
Several people raise slogans & sympathize with Palestinians & Israel only based on their religious affiliations rather than unbiased analysis... Say most of the jews & christians support Israel, while muslims support Palestinians just becuase the respective people are their co-religionists. But if a few group of christians/muslims/jews/hindus commit henious crimes on their fellow community people of some other region, that doesn't even makes news at all, no matter what is the magnitude of that crime.
Sidra Bashir
Nov 27, 2012 02:12pm
I just read out the column written by Mr. Athar Bukhari and i appreciated him a lot because he not only broke the silence but also put the whole nation to think about their characters. A lot has been said and written but noting has been done practically. Now its time to stand along with Palestine and show the whole world the power of Muslims.
Nadeem Israr
Nov 28, 2012 06:02am
It is open aggression, Where are the champions of human rights to see these brutality?
Abbas
Nov 28, 2012 06:14am
When you install "Iron dome" how do you test it? Simple, make your weak neighbor shower you will rockets. Unfortunately the test has been successful and now other stronger neighbor should worry.
Junaid Hashmat
Nov 27, 2012 06:24pm
OIC is dead, UN is deaf, US is blind, Israel is arm less whereas HR Organisations have no hunger for brutality in Palestine. Once my teacher told something really strange and true about UN " When there is a dispute in UN b/w two weak nations the dispute disappear but when there is a dispute in UN b/w one weak and one strong nation the weak nation disappears whereas when there is dispute in UN b/w two strong nation the UNITED NATION disappear." O Muslims work hard with peace and love and victory is yours no matter what.
Md Imran
Nov 27, 2012 07:27pm
The solution to this problem is what was suggested in the 80s by Yahya Khan. That is, the great Pakistan Naval Service ( the greatest naval force in the world ) should build a convoy of gigantic carriers, funded by Pakistan and fellow OIC nations. Led by Pakistan, this convoy should be manned by the best and the brightest by all ummah nations to set sail towards Israel. This and this alone is the solution to curb Israeli aggressions against Palestine. For Pakistan, building such a force shouldnt be a problem. We are already working on lunar mission and are the only islamic nation wtih nuclear bomb. It should be possible within 4 years to build such a force inshaallah.