Not just Is­rael, but the US is also re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­lence

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

Un­for­tu­nately, the Mus­lim world has wel­comed the holy month of Ra­madan once again in pain and mourn­ing in­stead of en­thu­si­asm. The open­ing of the U.S. Em­bassy in Is­rael on May 14, 2018 af­ter its re­lo­ca­tion from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem de­spite the op­po­si­tion of the en­tire world was an ir­re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude threat­en­ing not only the Mid­dle East but all of the world’s bal­ances. With this provo­ca­tion, the U.S. has put the peace in dan­ger all over the world. The United States, which has to say “stop” to the ter­ror state Is­rael has al­most or­dered “fire” on the con­trary by in­au­gu­rat­ing the em­bassy. Af­ter Is­rael, which is cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing state ter­ror, mas­sa­cred dozens of peo­ple and wounded some 3,000 oth­ers, the U.S. State Depart­ment ac­cused Pales­tinian chil­dren, women and el­derly peo­ple of be­ing “Ha­mas mil­i­tants” in a state­ment yes­ter­day. The U.S. held them ac­count­able, say­ing “they should not have ap­proached the bor­der” and con­tin­ued to ad­vo­cate the mas­sacre af­ter­ward. The U.S. is al­ready in a “crim­i­nal” po­si­tion all over the world, but it had never sup­ported such a mas­sacre by laugh­ing and play­ing around so openly. While Is­rael was mur­der­ing dozens of Pales­tinian in­fants, chil­dren, youth, women, men, el­derly, first aid work­ers and even jour­nal­ists on May 14, 2018, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s daugh­ter and son-in-law were laugh­ing and gig­gling just like “Nero watch­ing Rome burn.” They were nor cel­e­brat­ing an open­ing, but a mas­sacre. The Amer­i­can diplo­mats and those at­tend­ing this celebration from the United States and some EU mem­ber states and other coun­tries have be­come the ac­tors that we will never for­get. We won’t re­mem­ber them with­out curs­ing a shame­ful his­tor­i­cal mo­ment, when hu­man­ity was tram­pled on. By sup­port­ing Is­rael’s state ter­ror and even pro­vok­ing peo­ple with the em­bassy open­ing in Jerusalem on July 14, 2018, the United States is at least as re­spon­si­ble as Is­rael for the sav­agery and its con­se­quences. Although this is plain and clear, the re­ac­tions of the EU and EU mem­ber coun­tries have re­mained very weak and even in­suf­fi­cient. The EU and EU mem­ber states, who are very ea­ger to in­ter­vene even in the small­est cases in many parts of the world and give such harsh state­ments in these sit­u­a­tions, gave very with­drawn and timid re­ac­tions to the mas­sacre of dozens of Pales­tini­ans. Once again in the name of hu­man­ity they have failed. It seems the EU can shelve “hu­man rights” when it comes to the United States and Is­rael. An EU that pro­tects EU val­ues would have to con­demn Is­rael and the United States very strongly by now. How­ever, it is clear that with its “faint-hearted” po­si­tion when it comes to re­spond­ing to a bru­tal out­break that broke out as a re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Is­rael and the U.S., the EU shows that it is only a “pa­per tiger.” In­ter­est­ingly, Eu­ro­pean news­pa­pers, which write huge head­lines when other coun­tries are con­cerned, pre­fer to an­nounce the bru­tal­ity with tiny news ar­ti­cles when it comes to Pales­tini­ans. Once again, in the face of Is­raeli sav­agery, Eu­ro­pean pol­i­tics, the me­dia, civil so­ci­ety and the clergy have failed. They dis­like Turkey and fre­quently crit­i­cize the coun­try in an unfair man­ner. Yet, Turkey is the only is the only Eu­ro­pean coun­try that has taken a stance by pro­tect­ing EU val­ues. Hav­ing de­clared a three-day national mourn­ing for the vic­tims Is­rael mas­sa­cred, Turkey con­tacted Egypt and Is­rael in an at­tempt to de­liver first aid sup­plies to thou­sands of in­jured and then pre­pared air­craft to treat thou­sands of wounded Pales­tini­ans in Turk­ish hospi­tals. How­ever, be­cause Egypt and Is­rael have not al­lowed Turkey to land its air­craft, they are cur­rently on stand-by at Turk­ish air­ports. Turkey has acted with in­ten­sive diplo­matic ef­forts from Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan and For­eign Min­is­ter Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in com­pany with the United Na­tions. More­over, Turkey has rolled up its sleeves to bring to­gether the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) in Is­tan­bul this Fri­day on the sub­ject. They will con­vene to con­demn this mas­sacre and dis­cuss the nec­es­sary steps that should be taken by Mus­lim coun­tries to­ward Is­rael. Mean­while, a mas­sive rally “to protest Is­rael’s bru­tal­ity” will take place in Is­tan­bul. So, where are the Euro­peans? Why do peo­ple who like to speak now stop talk­ing when it comes to hu­man rights? Es­pe­cially the ‘68 gen­er­a­tions of Europe who are now in government, par­lia­ment and im­por­tant po­si­tions through­out the EU. They were very sen­si­tive to Pales­tine in the past. What has changed? In Europe, trade unions, clergy and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions are de­ceiv­ing both them­selves and the pub­lic with the so-called protests “for the sake of ap­pear­ances.” Here is what Turkey has done on its own in the name of hu­man­ity. At least support Turkey for hu­man­ity’s sake.

Ozan Cey­hun

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