Is­rael again strikes Gaza

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

IN its lat­est bomb­ing spree on in­no­cent Pales­tini­ans, the Is­raeli fighter jets hit four sites in the Gaza strip on Satur­day. The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion given by the Is­raeli side was that the strike was car­ried out in re­tal­i­a­tion to a stray fire from the Pales­tinian side. Un­der one pre­text or the other, the Is­raeli side has been per­se­cut­ing and tar­get­ing the un­armed and in­no­cent Pales­tini­ans for the last many decades and the de­plorable part is that the so-called flag bear­ers of hu­man rights as well as ma­jor cap­i­tals dur­ing all these times have done noth­ing to heal the wounds of the Pales­tini­ans rather em­bold­ened the oc­cu­py­ing forces to go ahead with its bru­tal, cold blooded cam­paign.

Per­haps these strikes on the Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory will con­tinue as long as dream of a sep­a­rate Pales­tinian state is not re­alised. Since the war of 1967, Pales­tini­ans have ac­cepted the re­al­ity of Is­rael within the 1948 bound­aries. The land dis­pute in­creas­ingly fo­cuses on Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the re­main­ing ter­ri­to­ries — the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Bait ul Muqadas. UN Res­o­lu­tions 242 and 338 stip­u­late that Is­rael must with­draw com­pletely from these ter­ri­to­ries. Is­rael with­drew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, but con­tin­ues to build many set­tle­ments in the other ter­ri­to­riesac­tions deemed il­le­gal by vir­tu­ally all UN mem­ber states. Like Kash­mir dis­pute, the Pales­tini­ans, gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion have only seen bro­ken prom­ises and bru­tal op­pres­sion but all this has not sup­pressed their de­sire and strug­gle to get a sep­a­rate home­land where they can live with hon­our and dig­nity but failed due to the dou­ble stan­dards of some im­por­tant western pow­ers. Un­bri­dled Is­raeli hos­til­i­ties have forced mil­lions of Pales­tini­ans to live as refugees in other coun­tries while those who opted not to leave their land con­tinue to brave in­hu­man Is­raeli atroc­i­ties on daily ba­sis with no res­cue in sight. We will ap­peal to the UN to pay heed to plight of Pales­tini­ans and take steps to­wards res­o­lu­tion of the dis­pute by en­gag­ing con­cerned par­ties. Res­o­lu­tion of this long­stand­ing dis­pute is cru­cial for last­ing peace in the Mid­dle East.


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