The Palestinian See-Saw

PROF G R MALIK

Another phase of precarious and temporary peace has just begun in Palestine. This phase has coincided with two developments contrary to each other: partial recognition of Palestinian statehood by the U N General Assembly in spite of America and some states committed to Zionist agenda, and, in reaction, Israel’s declaration of building  new settlements in the West Bank . In this scenario the precarious phase of peace just inaugurated seems to meet the same fate as other such previous phases have met with.


Temporary phases of fractured peace in Palestine can never be translated into permanent peace unless there is a radical change in the attitude and policy of the United States of America. Muslim Ummah and reasonable people in all other communities fail to understand America’s irrational backing of unabashed acts of goondaism by Israel. This openly flouts America’s tall claims of standing by democracy and human rights. Most baffling of all is the apathy of the American public opinion, so proud of its enlightenment, to the plight of the oppressed Palestinians. One finds no explanation for this except in the deep collective psychological reality that at the subconscious level the West sees Israel as a surrogate for the realisation of the aims of its long-standing animosity against Islam. The sooner this truth dawns on the Western consciousness the better.
In spite of this the fact remains that the greatest share of responsibility for the tragedy of Palestine devolves on the shoulders of the Muslim Ummah. They are in total disarray because they have lost the consciousness of being an Ummah. Disunity has percolated down to the very bottom of their social fabric so they are not able to see developments within and outside the Islamic world in the right perspective. Their responses to events are so disordered and full of contradiction as if they are not formulated by a community but by a multitude of unthinking people. What is most painful is that they are not even conscious of this sad fact:

Waay nakami mataey karvan jata raha
Karvan ke dil se ihsas-e zian jata raha        

Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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