Gaza and World Conscience

Gaza and World Conscience
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The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to put the blame on Hamas. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 to 8 with 4 abstentions in the 193 General Assembly. A bid by the United States to present an amendment condemning Hamas failed to garner the two thirds majority needed for adoption. Even though symbolic, the UNGA’s resolution , speaks for and is reflective of a world conscience. That is to say that , both referentially speaking and in general terms, world conscience is not dead. But, then how could it be? Israel , on the day of the nakhba and when the United States shifted its embassy to Jerusalem, one of Islam’s holiest sites and a contended city thereby , unleashed torrential violence against Palestinians. Scores were killed and hundreds injured as a result. Such was the impunity that Israel unleashed this violence against hapless Palestinians that they even killed a young nurse in cold blood, who was neither part of the protests but was merely a humanitarian worker in the pink of her youth. The world then could not ignore this bout of murderous orgy by Israel. But, having said this, kudos to the comity of states that must have resisted American and Israeli pressure to twist the whole saga of the Gaza protests and Israel’s criminal violence against unarmed Gazans by trying to put the blame on Hamas. But , all said and done, despite its potency , the move is largely symbolic. While Israel stands exposed as a violent, criminal colonial bully, but the fact of the matter is that its occupation of Palestine continues; Palestinians continue to suffer and die. The reasons for Israel’s near untouchable status and its continued , brutal occupation of Palestine stems from power politics. That is, Israel, by latching on to America and having the country by its side, plays the power game deftly and is then able to maintain and continue its brutal occupation of Palestine. America is not innocent in the saga: it is as complicit as can be. Because of this power game, Israel , even though ostracized globally does not care much about international public opinion and views negative denunciations of it as mere symbolic losses. All this can and must change if the world of Islam gets united and breaks these power paradigms by raising a price for these. But, it can only happen through unity which , for the moment seems as elusive as ever. Alas!

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