The Arab monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Jordan together with military (dictatorship) Egypt support Israel. On the other, stands Turkey, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliate Hamas
Khaled Abu Toameh – July 21, 2014
Sheikh Ekremah Sabri, the former mufti of Jerusalem and a leading preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, claims that the three wars waged by Israel against Hamas have been “coordinated” with the Arab countries.
Since 1948, the Arab countries and government have been paying mostly lip service to the Palestinians.
“They have money and oil, but don’t care about the Palestinians, even though we are Arabs and Muslims like them. What a Saudi or Qatari sheikh spends in one night in London, Paris or Las Vegas could solve the problem of tens of thousands of Palestinians.” — Palestinian human rights activist.
“Some Arabs were hoping that Israel would rid them of Hamas.” — Ashraf Salameh, Gaza City.
“Some of the Arab regimes are interested in getting rid of the resistance in order to remove the burden of the Palestinian cause, which threatens the stability of their regimes.” — Mustafa al-Sawwaf, Palestinian political analyst.
“Most Arabs are busy these days with bloody battles waged by their leaders, who are struggling to survive. These battles are raging in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Authority.” — Mohammed al-Musafer, columnist.
“The Arab leaders don’t know what they want from the Gaza Strip. They don’t even know what they want from Israel.” — Yusef Rizka, Hamas official.
Every now and then, the Palestinians are reminded of the fact that most Arabs don’t care about them and their problems.
Arab “indifference” and “silence” toward the current war between Israel and Hamas has once again reminded Palestinians of the “betrayal” by their Arab brethren.
It is not that Palestinians were expecting the Arab countries to send their armies to fight Israel and prevent an IDF ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Palestinians say they were not even expecting the Arab governments to send money and medicine to thousands of families inside the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinians in general and Hamas in particular feel that the Arab world simply does not care about them and does not even want to hear from them.
Some Palestinians argue that the Arab world was perhaps too busy with the 2014 Mondial [Soccer World Cup] or Ramadan feasts to pay enough attention to the war in the Gaza Strip. But the Mondial has ended and most Arabs still don’t seem to be interested in what is going on between Palestinians and Israel.
True, there have been some marches in a number of Arab countries in solidarity with the Palestinians and in protest against the war in the Gaza Strip. Still, Palestinians say they are still disappointed at the small number of participants. They are also disappointed that the Arab governments had moved quickly to suppress any show of support for Palestinians.
“The Arab regimes hate us and this is not new,” said Palestinian political analyst Ali Hableh.
“It took Saudi Arabia seven days to issue a statement condemning the current Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. Palestinians have always known that they could never rely on their Arab brothers who have turned their backs on us.”
For Hableh and many Palestinians, the Arab “betrayal” dates back to 1948, when the state of Israel was created. They are convinced that Arab “collusion” and “treason” contributed to the defeat of the Arab armies and the subsequent creation of Israel.
Since then, the Arab countries and governments have been mostly paying lip service to the Palestinians.
And this is what is exactly happening these days, Palestinians point out.
Almost every Palestinian is today talking about the sense of betrayal by the Arab world. It is a feeling that has increased Palestinians’ hostility and mistrust toward their Arab brethren.
Palestinian cartoonist Umaya Juha expressed Palestinian feelings toward the Arab “betrayal” in a drawing that shows an Arab and Islamic arm stabbing a Palestinian woman from the back – while she had also been stabbed in the chest by Israel.
Prominent Palestinian editor Abdel Bari Atwan said it was “shameful” for the Arabs that the UN Security Council convened to discuss the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip before Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo.The Palestinians, he said, have given up on the Arab leaders and governments a long time ago. He also accused the Arab governments of starving the Palestinians and participating in the blockade on the Gaza Strip.
“The Palestinian people’s problem with their Arab brothers is much bigger than their problem with the Israelis,” Atwan explained. “The Palestinians can resist Israel and fire rockets at it, but they don’t want to do the same against their Arab executioners because they continue to regard them as brothers.”
A Palestinian human rights activist in the West Bank also talked about the “historic” betrayal of the Arabs.
“We never expected anything good from the Arabs,” he said. “They have money and oil, but don’t care about the Palestinians even though we are Arabs and Muslims like them. What a Saudi or Qatari sheikh spends in one night in London, Paris and Las Vegas could solve the problem of tens of thousands of Palestinians. Only an idiot would have expected the Arab world to rise against Israel for attacking the Gaza Strip. We saw more protests in Europe against the war than in the Arab countries.”
The sense of being betrayed has driven some Palestinians to openly accuse Arab governments of being part of the “Zionist aggression” on the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Ekremah Sabri, the former mufti of Jerusalem who currently serves as a leading preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, claimed that the three wars waged by Israel against Hamas have been “coordinated” with the Arab countries. Sheikh Sabri went on to claim that some Arabs have even covered the expenses of the Israeli military operations. Voicing widespread resentment and disappointment among Palestinians over Arab “silence,” the top Islamic official stated:
“The Arabs work for Israel.”
It now remains to be seen whether Sheikh Sabri will be permitted to set foot in any Arab country that feels itself targeted by his fiery rhetoric. As he was speaking about Arab “betrayal,” the Palestine Scholar’s Council issued a strongly-worded statement in which it lashed out at the Arab world for failing to take action to save the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
“When will the Arabs wake up?
Why aren’t the Arabs providing the Gaza Strip with any assistance?” the statement wondered.
“The absence of an Arab response to the aggression is frustrating,” Ashraf Salameh, of Gaza City, said. “The aggression has shown that some Arabs were hoping that Israel would rid them of Hamas.”
Another Gaza Strip resident, Mohammed Aref, was quoted as saying that Palestinians are very disappointed with the stance of the Arabs and Muslims toward the war in the Gaza Strip.
“We didn’t expect this silence,” he said.
Hamas official Yusef Rizka also denounced the Arab world for failing to help the Palestinians. “Gaza is facing the aggression alone,” he complained. “This is the bitter truth. The Arab leaders don’t know what they want from the Gaza Strip. They don’t even know what they want from Israel.”
Jordanian columnist Tamara al-Darawsheh said that the war in the Gaza Strip has seriously embarrassed the Arabs. “As the war continues, we see some marches here and there (in the Arab countries),” she wrote.”As usual, these marches were suppressed. We didn’t hear anything new from the Arabs other than sheepish condemnations. Gaza has embarrassed us, because we have been busy with the Mondial and Ramadan feasts and TV dramas.”
Another columnist, Mohammed al-Musafer said that Israel has nothing to worry about as it attacks the Gaza Strip.”Israel knows that (President Abdel Fattah) Sisi’s Egypt is not opposed to the destruction of the spirit of resistance in the Gaza Strip and silencing it forever,” he remarked. “Most Arabs are busy these days with bloody battles waged by their leaders, who are struggling to survive. These battles are raging in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and the Palestinian Authority.”
Hamas and many Palestinians are now convinced more than ever that they could never rely on their Arab brothers for any kind of assistance. In fact, a growing number of Palestinians are beginning to place some Arab regimes on the side of Israel.
According to noted Palestinian political analyst Mustafa al-Sawwaf: “Some of the Arab regimes are interested in getting rid of the resistance in order to remove the burden of the Palestinian cause, which threatens the stability of their regimes.”
Another analyst, Adnan Abu Amer, expressed fear that the Arab “silence” has already reached the level of “collusion” with Israel.
He pointed out the failure of the Arab heads of state to hold a summit to discuss the war in the Gaza Strip while many international organizations have been holding meetings to voice solidarity with the Palestinians.
“Some Arab countries don’t want to exert pressure on Israel because they want to give it time to achieve its mission and destroy the Gaza Strip,” Abu Amer said. “The Arab people are too busy with their own problems and don’t have time to put pressure on their regimes. This encourages the Arab governments to remain silent.”
Israeli War Crimes In Gaza
By Jim Miles
15 August, 2014
Israel reveals its true colours and true aspirations every time it attacks Gaza (or any other self-perceived enemy) as being the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, even to the degree – as the references above indicate – to the act of genocide. The western world/Washington consensus group are guilty of enormous war crimes in their full complicit support of Israel, regardless of the rhetoric expressing their concern over the deaths, while they continue to supply Israel with its military needs.
From all the terror inflicted by Israel on the Gaza Palestinians I can only ask what kind of God would permit this? Is this permitted by the God that ‘gave’ the land to Israel? For a people who were to be a shining light for others? Could God not as equally well take the same land away as the atrocities against other human beings increase in magnitude and frequency?
How many rationalizations does it take to blind oneself to the savagery and murder of innocent citizens, women, and children? How is it that the Gospel of Israel is so readily inculcated into a whole nation such that they cheer the deaths of the ‘other’? And how does that same Gospel spreads its wings over many in the western Washington consensus who somehow remain blind to the human savagery and misery of Israeli actions?
Israel will certainly survive militarily as they have many nuclear weapons with various delivery systems. But can such a militarized racist society survive its own internal contradictions for long? Can the false rhetoric of wanting peace, of being the eternal victims, of being surrounded by hateful ‘others’ continue to over-ride the obvious brutality of the various Gaza operations? What can the world not see about the past seven decades of Israeli intentions to ethnically cleanse ‘their’ land of the Palestinian people?
The current “Defensive Edge” operation is not an anomaly, but part of the ongoing demonization of the people of Gaza, with the mainstream media/political rhetoric trying to create a split between the citizens and Hamas. It is all a part of the ethnic cleansing process, really having very little to do with defending themselves against Hamas’ errant rockets, or protecting themselves from terrorists of any stripe. The West Bank has been subdued, aided and assisted by the Vichy dictatorship rule of Abbas working along with the Israeli forces. Gaza has refused to accommodate the wishes of Israel by folding its hands and acquiescing to all the Israeli demands; instead, with nowhere to go, and resistance obviously not being futile, they struggle against the overwhelming firepower of Israel.
The many demonstrations around the world indicate two significant trends. The first is the obvious that Israel does not really care about anyone else’s opinion and will operate mainly within the needs of their internal political structures and their long term goals of occupying all the lands of Palestine. The second is that perhaps the world is waking up with abhorrence to the atrocities committed by Israel against the people of Gaza, an awakening that has slumbered for years, but with this renewed violent episode in a time when western/Washington consensus rule is fully showing its true colours of political-economic-military dominance of the rest of the world. This has led to increased awareness globally about the militarization and domination of people’s lives, about the racist nature of the Israeli attacks, and about the lack of validity about Israel’s claims of victimhood and its desire for peace.
Perhaps the fall-out from this will be in terms of ‘blow back’. The boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement will very likely receive more attention, not so much from governments, but from an increasing number of concerned citizens. With that will go the recognition that what Israel says, its ‘hasbara’ attempts to persuade others what a wonderful place Israel is, will fall now upon ears deafened by the rockets, missiles, and bombs that have fallen on Gaza – and the resulting screams, tears, and cries that are seldom heard within mainstream media.
A highly militarized Israeli society guarding Palestinians in bantustan like areas could survive for quite some time. Hope carries forward that somehow the Israelis will create their own fully dysfunctional state that will be forced to change its actions (BDS, pariah status…..) and seek a non-violent solution by accommodating all peoples within its boundaries.