No justification for any Islamic country to have ties with Israel

By: Ashraf Mumtaz      Published: 02:30 PM, 17 May, 2021
No justification for any Islamic country to have ties with Israel

The current wave of Israeli aggression against innocent Palestinians must be an eye-opener for all Islamic countries in general and about half a dozen Arab states in particular that had established diplomatic ties with the Jewish state some months ago.

Their initiative, which had annoyed the Ummah as it strengthened the impression of disunity among Muslims, could not restrain the Jewish state from targeting the Palestinians, who have been enduring Israeli atrocities for decades.  

So far over 200 people, including 47 children, have been killed as a result of the Israeli attacks and Prime Minister Netanyahu is in no mood to stop this barbarity.

What is more unfortunate is the conduct of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations.  

Foreign ministers of the OIC, which many call as the Organization of Impotent Countries because of its disappointing role in defending the Muslims across the world, at a virtual meeting on Sunday called for an immediate halt to Israel’s barbaric attacks on Gaza and blamed “systematic crimes” against the Palestinians for hostilities going on for a week.

The 57-member body accused the United Nations Security Council of inertia.  

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates called for a ceasefire. "De-escalation and the highest degree of restraint are important to avoid dragging the region to new levels of instability," said UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem al-Hashimy.

As expected, the meeting did not come up with any line of action in case the Jewish state did not stop attacks.

What the UN chief said at a meeting on Sunday was even more regrettable. He treated the tyrant Israel and the oppressed Palestinians alike by calling upon Israel and Palestine to end “senseless cycle of bloodshed, terror and destruction” and return to negotiations for a two-state solution of the conflict.

“The current hostilities are utterly appalling. This latest round of violence only perpetuates the cycles of death, destruction and despair, and pushes farther to the horizon any hopes of coexistence and peace,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said during his address at the UN Security Council (UNSC).

“Rockets and mortars on one side and aerial and artillery bombardments on the other must stop,” Guterres said.

He was kind enough that he did not demand of the Palestinians to endure Israeli atrocities silently, without showing any kind of reaction.

The aggression being committed by the Jewish state and the cosmetic reaction given by important states has established once again that Jews and Christians are enemies of Muslims and will remain enemies even in future.

The countries that were planning to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state should thank Allah that they did not commit the blunder.

The emerging situation demands that the countries whose ties failed to prevent the Jewish state from subjecting Palestinians to aggression should review their hasty decision, taken to promote their commercial interests.

Also, the Muslims living in the USA or European countries should give priority to their obligations as a believer rather than serving the interests of the countries they are nationals of.

Those unable to stand by the oppressed Palestinians at this painful juncture only to show loyalty to the countries of their residence must bear in mind that their silence would only encourage the oppressors to continue their oppression.

The OIC should take a collective decision about ties – or lack of it – with the Jewish state and all members should abide by this decision.

Pakistan being the only nuclear power in the Islamic countries is under a greater obligation to help the Palestinian people, whatever the price of this policy.

It should set up a special fund for the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Imran Khan should try to set up a special bloc of important Islamic countries to devise a policy for the liberation of Al-Quds from Zionists.

Already decades have passed to the holy place under the Jews occupation and the status quo won’t change without an effective strategy.

All Islamic countries should feel ashamed of their collective failure to get a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. They should take all necessary measures to get one – and Pakistan is the most suitable country for this role.

Being a nuclear power it has greater right compared to any other country.

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