An introduction to the issue: Jews started mass migration to Palestine in the beginning of the 20th century; they started a Moment called Zionism that had the goal of establishing a Jewish state in the Holy lands. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, this illegal migration boosted; in the year 1948 when massive numbers of Jews were settled there, a Jewish state was created and named Israel. Zionist forces have taken more than 87% of historic Palestine, ethnically cleansed and destroyed about 530 villages and cities, and killed about 15,000 Palestinians in a series of mass atrocities, including more than 70 massacres, and they continue to expand illegally in the region, establishing Jewish settlements and excavating the indigenous inhabitants of the land. Their final desire is to demolish Masjid Aqsa and build the Temple of Solomon in its place and they seem to be on the track of achieving it soon.
Human beings have a natural tendency to forget an event however huge it might be as time passes, eventually, the people who faced these events die and are buried, and after some time, those events get buried in pages of history and there arise generations unaware of their past and unbothered about the injustices that once took place. Overtime, wrong becomes right and injustice becomes equity, even history is manipulated by the powerful, his violence is shown as benevolence, and the resistance by the weak is shown as terrorism. Unfortunately, it seems this is what the Palestine issue has been going through as seven decades close up since the establishment of Israel.
Israel was founded in the year 1948, and even 10 years after its formation, only 54 countries had recognized it, now it is recognized by 162 of the 193 countries. At the time of the invasion in 1948, the entire Muslim world and even the Non-Muslim countries like India and USSR openly supported the Palestinian stand and condemned inhumane activities of the Zionist state, but as time passed, there has been a huge wave of countries drifting towards Israel. The international recognition of Israel has boosted with its entry in many organizations it was earlier banned from. The political maps that once showed the area as Palestine started showing it as disputed and are now portraying it as Israel.
Leave aside the international neutralization of Israel and the purposeful negligence of Palestine, let’s talk about the Muslim world exclusively, many Muslim countries have officially recognized Israel and maintain trade and travel relations with it; Morocco, Oman, Mali, Niger, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Mauritania are only a few examples. Egypt and Jordan which at one time had launched a war on Israel are on extremely good terms with it now and maintain full-fledged relationships. UAE has classified Hamas (Palestinian Liberation army) as a terrorist organization and at the same time extended help and support to Israel in the times of crises like COVID, KSA which was at one time the base of funding for the Palestinian resistance has recently arrested 6 leaders of Hamas and refuses to release them.
Note that this isn’t only the problem of rulers; even the general behavior of Muslim public has undergone changes. The year 2018 has seen a record number of tourists from Muslim countries to Israel. The frequent public movements to boycott the Israeli products observed earlier have lost their momentum now. Films have been produced in Arabic that encourage the policy of neutralization and portray an ugly terror filling image of Hamas and the Palestinians as a whole, to my heavy grief, such films have gone hit too, such as exit 7, umm Harun, etc. Arab Media including the Govt. channels like Arabia and mbc3 are filled with anchors and reporters who openly support Israel and blame Palestinians for the unrest in the region. The Friday sermons which always ended with a prayer for the liberation of Palestine now are devoid of any such prayer. The overall image of Israel has been neutralized and the image of Palestinians shackled.
The media in the previous year didn’t at all discuss the Palestinian issue, though according to the Human Rights Watch Report, “The Israeli government continued to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces stationed on the Israeli side of the fences separating Gaza and Israel responded to demonstrations for Palestinian rights on the Gaza side with excessive lethal force. Between March 30 and November 19, security forces killed 189 Palestinian demonstrators, including 31 children and 3 medical workers, and wounded more than 5,800 with live fire. Demonstrators in a single instance, fired towards soldiers, but officers repeatedly fired on protesters who posed no imminent threat to life, pursuant to expansive open-fire orders from senior officials that oppose international human rights law standards.”
And as time passes, the books written on this topic fall out of the market, this issue gets discarded and people forget that Once upon a time, Muslims lived in Palestine and prayed in Jerusalem. Turn back and look at Andalusia, the beauty of the Muslim civilization, and the place where they once lived and ruled. Who could have imagined that there will come a Muslim generation that hasn’t heard the name of Andalusia and that hasn’t imagined Muslims ruling a considerable part of Europe? I fear that the same fate awaits Palestine, if this issue is neglected, and if people continue to dissociate themselves from the Palestinian cause. The call for neutralization with Israel is unjustified and against moral values and needs to be countered lest it corrupts way of thinking of this generation. We are going through a time when history is being twisted by political, social, and cultural efforts; it’s our duty to prevent that by staying firm on our claim of the Palestinian land and rejecting any call for neutralization.
This trend has to be stopped. Muslims especially the youth have to be made aware of the Palestinian issue, this cause has to be publicized, researches and books are to be authored on this topic and it needs to be highlighted in Friday sermons and speeches. Muslims in every part of the world should feel that this is their cause and they must struggle for it. Indeed, if we hand out Palestine to Zionists, the way we gave away Andalusia to the Catholics, then that would be the last nail in the coffin of our dignity.