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?Why must the liberation of Palestine be my big concern

محمد لهلال

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In the midst of the Zionist criminal assault on the holy site of al-Aqsa mosque and the subsequent war on Gaza strip, some of our Arab fellows would shy away from looking at the events as part of their concern, they would recommend we should turn our focus to national internal affairs, as some Moroccans would repeat the slogan: “Taza before Gaza” (Taza is a small town in Morocco). If this were the case, why did the Moroccan state hurry to normalize its relations with a belligerent power entity, stoking fear and condemnation from a large population of Moroccans, Arabs and Muslims? To what extent can we say that what is happening in the occupied Palestine has an impact on our present and future lives in our home countries? Are we naïve to believe the normalization process could lead to a lasting peace with an entity historically hostile and untrustworthy? So, why must we deem Palestine a primary concern?

Palestine is a question of faith

No matter how much some intellectuals attempt to dislocate the Palestinian cause from its religious dimension, they would fail. The revealed texts in the Quran attest to the sanctity of this land, just read the beginning of chapter al-Isra’, and you will find out how dear the land of Palestine is to Muslims, God, Exalted is He, says: “Glory to Him who journeyed His servant by night, from the Sacred Mosque (al-Haram), to al-Aqsa Mosque, whose precincts We have blessed”. The true believer should feel the harm done to his faith when he watches scenes of aggression afflicted to Muslims praying inside the Mosque, and the looting perpetrated by the armed police and the extremist settlers. How can all these outrageous acts go unnoticed without our raising the voice to condemn and to protest, and hold our rulers responsible for doing nothing to stop such violations of holy sites? What is more saddening is that we feel that the normalization process has actually emboldened the Zionists to commit atrocities without fearing any retaliation, this again gives evidence that the so-called peace hailed by the official narrative is quickly debunked by the Zionist’s actions and that this enemy’s nature is molded this way to kill and wreak havoc.

Palestine is a question of occupation

It is obvious that the world community recognize that the Zionist entity is a colonial power, and many UN resolutions have acknowledged this fact and called for ending the occupation, yet, none of these resolutions have been implemented, why? Simply because this entity is above the international law and because of the US backing veto. The near history tells us that we are facing an expansionist racist power which believes only in force to subjugate people, displace indigenous residents from their homes and confiscate lands and properties. The Zionist project goes beyond Palestine, through normalization process, it aims at having control over all Arab lands using different ways, economic, political, cultural, etc. and we know how skillful they are in scheming, particularly before vulnerable states. According to the international law and all common-sense laws and principles, such an occupation warrants a resistance to free the lands and recover properties, and because the peaceful means have failed to end the occupation, armed resistance remains the sole viable way to achieve independence. The Zionist media alongside the major western media picture Palestinian resistance as acts of terror in an ongoing attempt to distort facts and history. Unfortunately, some of our Arab fellows get deluded by such narratives and see the Zionist enemy as a dove of peace. But nothing can erase the nature of this entity as an occupation.

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Palestine is a question of human rights

Many organization groups have huge records of the Zionists’ human rights violations. And since the occupation enjoys impunity, western governments who purportedly champion human rights would overlook the many reports issued by human rights groups. When it comes to these reports, voices from the west would deny such violations and designate the reports as anti-Semitic driven. With the exception of western population aware of what is really happening in Palestine, and who from time to time take to streets to protest against the atrocities committed by the occupation, many Zionist and Jewish-sponsored outlets fabricate fake news and distort facts to keep the western population ignorant of the reality. Also, Jewish lobbies work hard to rally as many supporters as they can through influential public relation strategies. But, how can the western conscience, if it is still alive, condone the demolition of residential homes, media offices, civilian buildings and infrastructures using internationally unauthorized weapons in a human populated area? How can one condone the siege of a narrow enclave that houses about two million people for fifteen years now, and nothing has been done to lift the siege? It is time for the human conscience to speak out and work to stop such heinous injustice. And it is high time for our fellow Arab citizens to practically support the bleeding Palestine, because we do not know whose turn it is if we leave Zionism wreaking such widespread damage.

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