En­roll Saudi women in mil­i­tary ser­vice: Shoura mem­bers

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

RIYADH—Maj. Gen. Ali AlTamimi said women can par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties such as se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions, in­spec­tions, in­ter­ro­ga­tions, ac­count­ing and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

A num­ber of Shoura Coun­cil mem­bers and se­cu­rity spe­cial­ists have called for en­rolling Saudi women in mil­i­tary ser­vice, the Saudi Gazette re­ported.

They said women should get mil­i­tary train­ing to teach them the use of light weapons. Maj. Gen. Ali AlTamimi, deputy chair­man of the coun­cil’s se­cu­rity com­mit­tee, said Is­lam has not pre­vented women from par­tic­i­pat­ing in mil­i­tary af­fairs, re­call­ing that women used to con­trib­ute to Ji­had (fight for Al­lah) to serve Is­lam.—SG siege by land, sea and air — the world’s largest known open-air prison. It con­tin­ues to re­lent­lessly colonise the West Bank as the world wrings its hands and does noth­ing.

And there were many other Is­raeli wars: in 1973 with Syria and Egypt, in 1978, 1982 and 2006 against Le­banon, and in 2008, 2012 and 2014 against Gaza.

The waves of des­per­a­tion and rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion that washed over large sec­tors of so­ci­eties across the Mid­dle East are un­doubt­edly tied to the neg­li­gence and com­plic­ity of the UN and so-called in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity re­gard­ing the injustice lived by the Pales­tini­ans. Other wars, on Iraq in 1991 and 2003, the pre­vail­ing chaos across the Arab world, the rise of Daesh and other ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions, the end­less vi­o­lence and de­struc­tion are also linked, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, to the orig­i­nal injustice.

Un­for­tu­nately, many still be­lieve that time will erase peo­ple’s mem­ory. It will not. Is­rael could not sit on the ru­ins of the Pales­tini­ans and en­joy peace and nor­malcy.

The Pales­tini­ans did not dis­ap­pear as ini­tially planned. De­spite their ex­pul­sion, their pop­u­la­tion to­day, within his­toric Pales­tine, is greater than ever, and equal to or larger than the num­ber of Is­raeli Jews. And their de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­cover their rights also per­sists. Pales­tini­ans have come too far and lived through too much to aban­don their struggle now.

No hu­man be­ing would ac­qui­esce to the hu­mil­i­at­ing injustice they suf­fer. No Pales­tinian would sit idle while watch­ing an in­vader in his house, on his land and in his vil­lage or town.

Re­ly­ing on the as­sump­tion that the pas­sage of time would delete the past and re­shape his­tory ac­cord­ing to their de­signs, the Zion­ists must be stunned that in­stead, time con­tin­ues, year af­ter year, to put the pic­ture in sharper fo­cus, ex­pos­ing the ab­sur­dity of at­tempt­ing to vi­o­lently erad­i­cate an en­tire pop­u­la­tion to make room for alien in­vaders and ex­pect nor­mal life af­ter­wards. —Cour­tesy: TJT

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