Palestine: The land of ‘Catastrophes’

1 year ago Hassan Kalam | Hunt Media Desk 0

Responsibility! Is there anyone left in this world who might be willing to take responsibility for the bloodshed they cause or the life of a common person is just a means to an end for those who call themselves a leader in order to achieve their goal which is far beyond the understanding of common person. Has patriotism blinded President Donald Trump to an extent that he failed to measure the consequences of his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state Israel and move US diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to the disrupted city Jerusalem. This didn’t only infuriate the Muslims across the world but also opened the scope of attacks while enraged people would be protesting against the occupying power. Anyone could have recognized this fact but Trump, president of the most economically, technically and democratically strong nation and his administration failed to understand. Despite being warned by many that this would cause violence in the Palestinian land and disrupt peace process, he didn’t change his stance.

Enraged Palestinians have been protesting for 6 weeks now against the opening of US embassy in Jerusalem but, on Monday morning, Israeli forces opened fire ammunition on the crowd and tear gas from drones, killing at least 60 people; it was the bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014. As per Palestinian Ministry of Health 6 children, 12 journalists and 17 paramedics were injured. The embassy shift coincided with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel on May 15, 1948 which is commemorated by the Palestinians as the Nakba or ‘Catastrophe’ where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were violently driven out of their homes in 1948. Gaza has been protesting since March 30th. In the light of this incident, United Nations has urged Israel to reduce the use of excessive lethal force against the Palestinian protestors whereas Amnesty International has accused Israel of International laws violation.

Border violence was followed by the embassy opening ceremony where one could have expected condolences from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the family of those who died in the clash but he called it a glorious day and tweeted that Israeli army was acting in self defence, while Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, said that “those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution”, referring to the protesters. Mr. Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which most countries do not recognise as Israel’s capital, has not done anything to improvise the peace process but has only worsened the crisis. Although Palestinians have been demanding the right of return and Jerusalem as their capital city but the whole city is now under Israeli control. With Mr. Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinians fear that facts on the ground are being manipulated further to their disadvantage. The international community must not remain silent; for starters, there must be an inquiry into the carnage at the Gaza border.

The silence of the international agencies on this matter shows nothing but how less the lives of Palestinians matters to them.

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