By Akhlaq Ahmad Usmani
(Translated from Hindi by New Age Islam Edit Desk)
9 August, 2014
Shaima al-Sheikh Qanan, aged 23, was eight months pregnant when she was brutally attacked and maimed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. With grave wounds, she could not survive long and breathed her last breath just five days later in Khan Younis Hospital. However, doctors carried out an operation and saved her unborn baby (foetus). But life in the war-torn Gaza is not all that easygoing. Having survived the Israeli onslaught at first, Shaima’s innocent and premature girl baby also died after three days. The Gazan ‘miracle baby’ who was saved from her killed mother’s womb has died in an incubator in a hospital, suffering from power shortages inflicted by Israeli strikes. The ‘miracle baby’ was buried adjacent to the grave of her mother and thus the premature girl baby was also included in the list of the innocent civilians whom Israel considered as their enemies.
Recently, in Jabaliya refugee camp of Gaza, a United Nations-run school sheltering more than 3,000 Palestinians was shelled early. UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while describing what he witnessed on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic. He said: "The rights of Palestinians, and even their children, are wholesale denied... and it's appalling,"
The spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), Gunness, told Al-Jazeera Arabic from Jerusalem that the attack was a "source of universal shame" blaming Israeli forces. Before Gunness proceeded further, he broke down into a fit of emotion and began to cry on camera. His weeping continued and the bulletin had to stop in between.
This shows that Gunness was deeply pained and distressed to witness the brutal killings of children and injured people. These made him burst into tears and speak courageously: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces. I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage." However, the mindless violence of Israel may have been news to Mr. Gunness before he witnessed it himself, but it is an age-old and widespread phenomenon for the Palestinians.
Just the other day, Israel launched an airstrike on one more Palestinian school. In his interview with the Russia Today, Chris Gunness pointed out that "We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments, examined craters and other damage. Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school, in which 3,300 people had sought refuge”. He said that Israel was told repeatedly that many children were sheltered in the school but it still launched an airstrike on it. So far, at least 1,830 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 9,406 others injured, as Israel's military operation in Gaza began nearly one month ago. This is the gravest attack on Gaza since the establishment of Israel.
The wave of Jewish protests against the Israeli attacks on Gaza in Tel Aviv has angered Netanyahu’s government. Scores of protestors from different European communities are out in support of the Palestinian victims. The ruling party parliamentarians in England have begun to put pressure on David Cameron. People in France and Germany are not ready to stay silent at home. Even American masses are showing grave concern over the plight of Palestinians and voicing their anger against the Israeli government. The leftist organisations and student wings in India are protesting almost every day in front of the Israeli embassy.
Barring Saudi Arabia, the whole world, particularly the Muslim world, is openly decrying the deadly Israeli strikes. But to our utter surprise, Wahhabi groups are maintaining complete silence over the plight of Gaza. One wonders what the reason behind it is. What are the links between the radical Jihad of Wahhabi terrorists and Hamas-Israel conflict? And the more important question is why Saudi Arabian and Israeli entities are having an illicit relationship and meeting up in secret?
Israel’s argument, which is true to a large extent, is that youths of the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, are firing missiles, which pose a threat to the security of its borders. This time, the war in Palestine began after the kidnapping and murder of three Israelis by the militants of Hamas.
And what is this Hamas? Nothing but a Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been established and enormously funded by the Wahhabi elements in the name of global political unity of Muslims. The fugitive head of Hamas, Khaled Mashal, who was sheltered by Syria considering him an affront to the Israeli injustice, sponsored civil war and terrorism in Syria at the behest of the terrorist organisations in the country.
Having understood the game of Hamas, several countries including Jordan banned the Hamas. But then it came in the shelter of its boss, Qatar.
As a matter of fact, when the Gandhian, secular, non-violent and unbiased Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat drew international support towards Palestine's independence movement, the violence of Hamas served as an impediment in its way. And thus the freedom movement of Palestine was derailed.
Since the time Hamas was born in Palestine, the country has been divided with grave ideological conflicts. Gaza became dominated by the Hamas extremists while the West Bank remained the hub of Arafat-inspired activists. This division turned deeper and wider. The author of the famous book "Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash the Fundamentalist Islam” and the expert on US-Israel-Saudi trinity, Robert Dreyfuss revealed to the accuracy.com that “with the birth of Hamas, the number of mosques in the Gaza Strip drastically increased from two hundred to six hundred”. Obviously, the money came from outside. If Hamas was conspiring against Israel, then why was it given solid establishment in Gaza. During these twenty years, Hamas continued to criticize Yasser Arafat and his peaceful liberation movement.
In addition to Yasser Arafat’s movement, the Muslim Brotherhood in the form of Hamas was vehemently opposed to other Palestine liberation movements as well. All these policies of the Hamas were supposed to benefit Israel in one way or the other. The hostile Hamas and its violent acts gave the world nations and a considerable portion of the media chances to discredit the movement. And the situation continues to be the same.