One of the most vexing issues in the post cold war world is the question of Palestine. This problem is a pestering albatross on the conscience of conscientious world.
Indeed, the principles of might are predominantly becoming the new normative of an amoral order, which the movers and shakers of the global system are entrenching. Thus, this development will lead our fledgling humanity to undesirable ends. The consequences of which should better be left to anybody’s guess. But one thing for sure is that the desperate resolve of the ruling powers of the world to hector nations into blind submission to their imperialist whims and caprices is obviously dislodging any sense of propriety, logic or righteousness. The Palestinian quagmire has now become one of the last lingering injustices that were hatched in the earlier parts of the 20th century. It is one of the victory gifts of allied forces to the people of Palestine following the Balfour Declaration by the Great Britain. With the stroke of a pen the British establishment arbitrarily ceded the land of Palestine (it could have been Africa that is facing the Jewish settlement problem) to members of Jewish race that suffered untold hardships in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. The British and other imperialist powers could not reckon with the consequences of their action.
The occupation of Palestine by Zionist Jews used to enjoy the same negative reception with the occupation of South Africa by racist Boer Dutch immigrants from Europe. However, there was no fundamental difference between the two forms of inhuman occupation, not even in their form, content and essence. The system of apartheid in South Africa and that of Zionism in Israel are essentially the same. While the former was the corollary of European colonial enterprise in Africa, the latter is couched in ontological, scriptural and apocalyptic terms. Eventually, the apartheid system in South Africa had to give way to inevitable freedom of Black South Africans through the incessant struggles waged by liberation movements with the help and backing of virtually all other independent nations of Africa, and anti-colonial powers of the world. South Africa had to earn its liberation before the end of the 20th century. Alas, similar air of freedom was completely denied the Palestinians today due mainly to several historical and existential factors.
The Arab-Israeli conflicts over the occupation of Palestine has been a recurring decimal in the 1960s and 1970s but not any more with the capitulation of Arab regimes to the shenanigans of Western powers in the region. Since the days of those violent clashes in which Arab armies were humiliatingly defeated, Arab leaders have never been allowed to forge a common front or to speak with a single voice as experienced in the united response of African leaders to apartheid South Africa. Arab unity was covertly targeted for destruction by western intelligence through its diplomatic institutions and apparatuses. The Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula were particularly egged on to view themselves as special specie of humans, somehow different from the colonized, secular and nationalistic entities of Iraq, Syria, the Maghreb and Africa South of the Sahara. Before you know what is happening, Arab nations have started talking in discordant voices over issues affecting the entire region. The Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) was deliberately set up under the leadership of Saudi Arabia to serve as the counterweight of the Arab League, especially before the American invasion of Iraq, and any common front against imperialism and Zionism.
The destruction of Iraq in the threshold of the new millennium was the last straw that sealed the fate of Arab unity in the face of other threatening existential challenges, including the resurging Islamic Iran out of the ashes of the devastating eight year wars imposed on the country by Iraq. The Iraq-Iran war was carefully orchestrated by western powers in order to upset the apple cart with the dethronement of Pahlavi dynasty through the revolutionary upheavals in the nascent Islamic Republic of Iran. In those tumultuous moments the West had lost one of the important pillars of imperialism in the region. The steady growth of Iran has dazzlingly reverberated across the Middle East and Africa. Henceforth, the Arab regimes are left to perpetually live in mortal fears of the possibility of the implantation of Iranian revolutionary model in their countries. The West that is still leaking its wounds from defeat in the hands of Islamic revolutionaries was therefore left with no option than to cash in on those seeming existential threats of Iran. The Islamic revolution has provided the West with the boggy, nay, the golden opportunity to drive sectarian fissures between Shi’a and Sunni Islam in order to continue to secure its hegemonic and geostrategic interests in the Middle East, and in other parts of the Muslim world.
As far as the West is concerned, the age-old sectarian cleavages must be exhumed and unleashed to stoke sectarian misunderstanding amongst Muslims populations. Saudi Arabia and other Arab monarchies were subtly prepared and prodded to counter, in the estimation of the West, the growing menace of Shi’a Islam. Due to its strategic importance of occupying the nerve center of Islamic faith, Saudi Arabia gladly accepted to play the leading role in the anti-Shi’a crusade. The struggle that should have been waged against the forces of imperialism has now been effectively silenced, and then redirected to be slugged out within the house of Islam itself. This is the ideological context that propelled the reactionary fiefdoms of the Arabian Peninsula and beyond to engage blindly in a proxy war against an enemy that was not defined by them but by outsiders. Consequently, unity has now eluded the entire Arab world. The main benefactor of this act of chicanery is the Zionist state of Israel, the lone gendarmerie of western imperialism that was planted in the region for the purpose of keeping everybody in check in the region. You could see the outcome of this game in the way the fiefdoms of the Arabian Peninsula shamelessly caved in to the scaremongering tactics of Israel and the United States.
However, the biggest casualty in all this is the plight of Palestinians under the occupation of Zionist immigrants from Europe. The legitimate struggle of Palestinians against the occupation of their land is abandoned with the active connivance of the fiefdoms of the Arabian Peninsula. The liberation fighters of yesteryears are today addressed as terrorists in the western mainstream media, and our gullible audiences of those propaganda machines are uncritically swallowing such falsifications of history. Palestinians resisting the brutal and inhuman occupation are dubbed as terrorists. Even Arabs seem to be consenting to it. Although the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council have since recognized the legitimacy of Palestinian struggle, the Zionist State of Israel, the United States and their supporters are however doing everything possible within their powers to delegitimize the Palestinian question. They want to change the actual narrative and the issues and accounts involved thus far, including the re-writing of the history of Palestine, and the dangerous attempts to change the status of Jerusalem agreed upon by most nations, treaties and conventions of United Nations.
But what is happening to the conscience of the world that is abandoning the Palestinian people to their own devices? How else do you explain the foreboding silence in the face of the atrocities perennially committed by the Zionist State of Israel with next door Egypt in complicity; with the aloofness of Saudi Arabia, the subterfuge of Qatar, the indifference of United Arab Emirates and the seeming helplessness of Jordan? How can these entities buy into the gimmick of joining forces with the opponents of the Middle Eastern countries in the axis of resistance doing everything to liberate Palestinians from their traducers? Apparently, something is amiss with all of them in that vicinity while behaving as if nothing is happening to Palestinians. In case we are not aware of the implications of what is happening in the Middle East, the Syrian debacle itself cannot be divorced from the crisis churned up by Palestinian occupation. For a very long time, Syria, more than the disaster that befell Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, has been penciled for destruction due to its unflinching support for the Palestinian cause. Unlike Arabian monarchs, Syrian President Assad is one key supporter of Palestinian liberation struggle that has never dreamt of compromising the rights of Palestinians in the occupied Palestine.
Finally, with the embroilment of Muslims in sectarian and internecine warfare, the united imperialist conquerors of their lands and willpower are elsewhere having a field day. They achieve their goals mostly through sound ideas, strategies and technologies hatched for the final onslaught on the collective Muslim body politic. And Muslims are not in the habit of deploying ideas and realpolitik for their own ends outside moral outrage.