Fifty years ago, Saudi Arabia’s late King Faisal complained about the biased world’s conscience when it comes to the systematic oppression in Palestine. Fast forward half a century, and the unrelenting brutality witnessed in Gaza again underscores the troubling reality that his question remains unanswered.
Netanyahu’s ‘war cabinet’, responsible for the response to Hamas’ ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ operation, has rapidly metamorphosed into a crime machine against humanity, further compounded by the international community’s complicity, endorsement and silence.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health reports that the number of casualties in Gaza is increasing per minute. Recently, more than 500 innocent civilians were killed in the attack on Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza. Israel, attempting to distort the events with fake video content, conflicting statements and deleted tweets, once again, demonstrated its lawlessness.
The harsh truth is that more than 2.3 million Palestinians are being consigned to a fate sealed in the open-air prison they have been subjected to for years. With the cutting off of electricity and water supply and the lamentable refusal of humanitarian aid, this plight unfolds before the world’s eyes. Even the Rafah Border Crossing that connects Gaza with Egypt, the sole passage for humanitarian assistance, has come under airstrikes by Israel. Israel’s demand for a rapid evacuation of approximately 1.1 million Palestinians to Gaza’s southern part in just 24 hours is a logistical nightmare. It is hard to ignore the suspicion that this move could be a deliberate attempt to create a mass exodus, a modern-day Nakba.
Amidst all of this, it is essential not to forget other partners in crime: silence, double standards and prejudice. Rest assured, guilt lies not solely with one actor because this is an organised crime. Let us not forget that the US and its European allies are the ones funding this ongoing genocide and enabling it.
In earnest, while some pundits still sing praise to international organisations, most observers from the Global South have lost faith in these bodies, as they rarely acknowledge the root causes for what is happening, or reference the history of Israel’s oppression and violence against Palestinian people. And when they do, they are toothless, merely designed to recycle complaints and petitions, and rarely walking the talk. The talk of written and unwritten rules marketed as liberal values is nothing but a mirage. Claims have frequently been made that the phosphorus bomb, categorised as ‘arms viewed with horror’ in a 1972 UN General Assembly resolution, are still being used to target civilians in Gaza today, resulting in hundreds of cases of suffocation. With a history of using illegal weaponry, the Israeli army is not new to such a concept, and it is only the scale and barbarity of Tsahal’s onslaught on Gaza that is different, whose level of mass murder has reached unprecedented heights. Meanwhile, Israeli leaders boast about these war crimes on social media.
We should never forget the double standards of Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission. Last year, she labelled the Russian attacks on Ukraine’s power plants as a war crime, describing it as ‘pure terror‘. However, she fully supported Tsahal’s criminal targeting of the electricity and water in Gaza, which affects more than 2 million Palestinians. It was refreshing to see Clare Daly, Member of the European Parliament from Ireland, expressing her opposition to Von der Leyen, showing that she is in no position to make such statements, as she is not elected and has no such remit.
It must not be overlooked how the European leaders fuelled Netanyahu’s confidence and legitimised his crimes, as they proudly decorated public buildings and monuments, like the Brandenburg Gate and the Eiffel Tower with Israeli flags and offered endless expressions of support under the pretext of self-defence. Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, went to the extent of stating that waving Palestinian flags could be banned if deemed to support terrorism. Braverman, who has been making several preposterous comments about immigration, now equates Hamas with Palestine. This widespread hubris in these capitals has, undoubtedly,, enabled the perpetration of more crimes against humanity. Indifference is already bad, but explicit support takes complicity to an entirely different level.
For the US decision-makers, who like to see themselves as the defenders of freedom and the world’s exporter of values, unconditional support for Israel is a non-negotiable red line.
Source : MEMO