The Gaza Carnage: Gaza Carnage A Challenge to World’s Conscience

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Gaza continues to burn for a third day and Israel continues to expand its murderous campaign against an utterly defenseless people. The two years of Israeli siege and blockade have already driven the people of Gaza to the brink. Nearly 350 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli blitz targeting one of the world's most densely populated areas.

Who is responsible for this? Of course, it's easy to hold Israel responsible for this genocidal campaign against the Palestinians. However, it's the world community's indifference and criminal failure to stop Israeli aggression that is really to blame for the current campaign against Gaza, one of the deadliest over the past six decades.

If the international community had held the Jewish state to account in the past, the Palestinians wouldn't be dying like flies today. Let alone confronting Israel, the United Nations hasn't even been able to so much as censure it for its repeated crimes against Palestinian civilians. Why? Because the US wouldn't allow it.

Even now when Palestinians are being exterminated in a well-orchestrated campaign, the US ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad blames Hamas for the Israeli campaign. "Sequence wise", Khalilzad pointed out in New York yesterday, "it's the Palestinian rockets that started this!"

If we are talking of ‘sequence' and ‘background' why not go back further in time and examine what started those homemade, rudimentary Palestinian rockets in the first place? The answer is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian people of the past six decades and more immediately the crippling and choking siege of Gaza.

It is this unquestioning patronage and protection of Israel by big powers and the inaction of the United Nations that emboldens the Zionist regime to kill at will.

Peace will continue to elude the holy land and the Middle East at large as long as world powers and the so-called international community do not step forward to check Israel. The UN, the world body that is supposed to promote peace and protect those who cannot protect themselves, was once again endlessly debating the "situation in Gaza" yesterday asking "all sides to stop violence"! All over again, the victims are being blamed for inviting this "violence" on them!

It is this duplicity of big powers and ineffectiveness of the international community that encourages Israel to target a vulnerable people again and again.

The response of the Arab and Muslim world has been equally disappointing. Instead of offering a concerted and effective response to the horror of Gaza carnage, the Arabs have been looking to the UN for leadership and action. The UN in turn is dependent on the world's reigning superpower. The emergency meeting of the Arab League to discuss the Gaza issue has been postponed until after the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Muscat, Oman that opens today.

The GCC summit was to discuss the global economic crisis and its consequences for the region as well as the proposed Gulf monetary union. In view of the Middle East economic situation showing disturbing signs of global recession, the Gulf Arab states needed to discuss and evolve a unified response to deal with the situation. However, the summit is now likely to be preoccupied with the unfolding catastrophe in Gaza. Which is just as well. The Arab leadership now has an early opportunity to confront the issue of Israeli aggression against the Palestinians.

The Arab and Muslim countries as well as other leading members of the international community must push the US and UN to rein in Israel and peaceful resolution of the conflict. Israel has timed this attack on Gaza rather well. It's the holiday season in the Western hemisphere and elsewhere. In the US itself, there's a transition of power taking place.

There's virtually no government in Washington. In any case, little could have been expected of the Bush administration to help the Palestinians. This makes the task of halting Israeli offensive all the more challenging. The carnage in Gaza is a challenge to the world's conscience.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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