Put blame where it be­longs

Irish Independent - - Letters & Editorial Comment -

■ I ap­plaud the Ir­ish Gov­ern­ment for tak­ing a coura­geous stance on the tragic loss of life that has oc­curred in the Gaza Strip.

Turkey, South Africa and Ire­land, among other na­tions, have stood up to Is­rael’s ag­gres­sion and fla­grant con­tempt for hu­man life and dig­nity in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries.

Is­rael has suc­ceeded in pro­ject­ing it­self as the only democ­racy in the Mid­dle East.

But this democ­racy can only suc­ceed when it grasps and ac­knowl­edges the on­go­ing griev­ance of in­no­cent Pales­tini­ans, their dis­pos­ses­sion, their ag­o­nis­ing lives as refugees scat­tered in squalid, un­hy­gienic and over­crowded camps across the Arab world.

Death, de­struc­tion, re­crim­i­na­tion and vengeance beget only more deaths.

But be­fore blam­ing Is­rael and the US, why not blame Arab and Mus­lim lead­ers for their in­ep­ti­tude and in­abil­ity to change the sta­tus quo and raise their voices in in­ter­na­tional fora?

Dr Mun­jed Farid al Qu­tob

Lon­don, United King­dom

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