US stands exposed

Published February 15, 2024

THIS is with reference to the letters “Coloniser’s mindset is active in Mideast” and “A matter of ‘if’” (Feb 12). I support the views expressed in the latter, but would like to add that Turkiye, nuclear- armed Pakistan and all prominent Muslim-majority states must join hands to protect the persecuted Palestinians.

The Zionist regime in Israel has made the entire Gaza population homeless, forcing it to move from one place to another, attacking and killing people even during transit as well as in the supposedly safe places that it had earlier ordered them to move to. It can afford to change its mind and startegy becasue of the blanket support it has from the United States.

With all the displaced Gazans concen- trated in Rafah, Israel has now been targeting the area. With the US on its back, Israel has nothing to worry about, or so it thinks. Israel has never laid claim to being a human rights defender, but the US stands fully exposed in the world. It does not even have a fig leaf to cover its embarrassment.

According to records of the Jewish Virtual Library, the proportion of Jews in the overall Palestine population was 8.1 per cent in 1918, but with massacres and dispossession of Palestinians by incoming Zionists, it increased to 32pc in 1947. Today, it has risen to 73.2pc, with Palestinians reduced from an overwhelming majority of 91.9pc in 1918 to 26.8pc now.

Benjamin Netanyahu has totally rejected an independent Palestine state that nearly the whole world, including the US, acknowledges to be the only viable solution to the problem.

The Zionist is working towards making Israel a wholly Jewish state by either killing the people of Gaza or forcing them out by making the area inhabitable.

It is the duty of the Muslim-majority states to rise to the occasion and to do what they are supposed to do. Just for argument’s sake by the way, how much land Israel needs for its 7.2 million Jews?

S.R.H. Hashmi
Karachi

Published in Dawn, February 15th, 2024

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