Will the world rise up to stop Israeli atrocities against Palestinians?
No nation in the world as the Palestinians had endured such inestimable hardship to establish their just rights. But this year their struggle seems to be intensifying by hours and days.
As violent Israeli military air strikes continued since last Monday, Palestinians had been killed pushing the death toll to about 200 including 59 children. As Prime Minister Netanyahu vows to continue the Israeli military operation with "full force" new wave of air strikes has been launched on Gaza yesterday indiscriminately killing Palestinians and destroying civilian infrastructures.
The escalating situation to have erupted over the Holy Al-Aqsa Masjid is fast turning into an unpreventable security and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East region. It is more than surprising and frustrating that the UN Security Council is yet undecided from taking a concrete decision to end the current bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The relentless air strikes on Gaza City and occupied land of Palestine is yet another violation of UN charter , and with passing years we keep watching as silent spectators how an illegal Zionist state is pushing away the Two-State solution further and further
with the patronage of the US and the West and in the absence of unity of the Muslim countries.
However, this time the escalating situation is far grave since Islam's third holiest site Al - Aqsa Masjid has come under direct attack in East Jerusalem. Israeli military have massively violated the sanctity of the holy Masjid blatantly ignoring the international norms.
As far as security and protection of East Jerusalem is concerned, it remains part of the illegally occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law applies. Why is the rule of law missing in East Jerusalem today? How come the Israeli occupation army has become such incredibly reckless and defiant as to unleash unimaginable violence on peaceful Muslim worshippers at the holy Al-Aqsa Masjid?
The protector of the Holy city has manifestly turned into a predator today. Moreover, we are worried as Israeli air force has indulged in a rampant bombing spree over the civilian population of Gaza in the name of targeting 'Terrorist hideouts'. It is operating with absolute impunity over the unprotected skies of the occupied country, bombing whatever building or dwelling they target. Even the offices of international media outlets including Associated Press (AP) and Aljazeera have not been spared. The building housing the foreign media has been destroyed by Israeli bombing.
Since its inception as an independent and sovereign state in 1971, Bangladesh has remained steadfast and uncompromising on the Palestinian cause. Beginning with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dispatching of a medical team during the 1973 Arab - Israel war , the uncompromising tale of our solidarity with the people of Palestine spans for more than a half century.
And as much as we harshly condemn the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza, we once again renew our historical solidarity with Palestine. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated Bangladesh's unreserved support to Palestine whenever the issue came in the international forum. Our Foreign Minister has echoed Bangladesh's steadfast solidarity with the Palestinians while participating virtually in the OIC emergency meeting on Sunday.
We are encouraged the way OIC Foreign Ministers reacted against Israeli military actions. Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan condemned the air strikes and demanded immediate end to Israeli escalation in Palestine. He reiterated KSA's support for the Arab Peace Initiative that guarantees Palestinians' right to a state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Jordan's FM termed Israel's forced eviction of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem as a "war crime". Kuwaiti FM Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Sabah said Israel's "crimes" in East Jerusalem were a violation of all international laws. Palestine FM warned "Israel's practices are an assault on Arabs, Muslims and international norms".
We strongly hope that the voices of Foreign Ministers of the OIC member countries will reverberate through the Muslim world uniting it to resist the Israeli genocide in Palestine.
We also believe that the world community will fulfill its responsibility to execute the 'two-state solution' establishing an independent State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
While the UN keeps faltering to reach a ceasefire deal, number of causalities are likely to shoot up. The present and future of Palestine never appeared so perilous and uncertain, and the world must take serious note of this menacing reality.
We won't shy away from commenting, the highly condemnable Hitler's holocaust involving the European Jews is not a mere history any longer, it has been shifted, replicated and exercised in today's occupied State of Palestine by the Israeli military.
We mark the launching of a systematic and strategic approach to wipe-out Palestinians from their land, and it does not fall short of being labelled as "Palestinian holocaust" today.
We urge the UN and international community to act fast before more bloodshed and destruction takes place. At the same time, we urge the OIC member states not to get divided on the Palestinian Cause. And most importantly, we urge the Muslim countries to refrain from granting diplomatic recognition to an illegally established state that keeps wreaking havoc on innocent Muslims and the religion of Islam.
Last but not least, we call on the US authorities to undo whatever damaging policies had been adopted during the Trump era to block the Palestinian Cause.
Incumbent US President Joe Biden has said that America's commitment to human rights would be at the centre of his foreign policy. Now, the Biden administration must prove its commitment by taking sincere and prompt actions against the human rights violation in East Jerusalem, Gaza and other illegally occupied territories of Palestine by the Israeli army.
For over six decades the wave of international condemnation of zionist atrocities has moved towards no direction. Volumes of hollow rhetoric did little to ease the pains and agonies of Palestinian people. And the word condolence has lost its meaning to Palestinians. How much price the Palestenians will have to pay for their just cause of freedom?
We now expect to witness concrete action taken for establishing a separate independent State of Palestine.
The life long struggle of Yasser Arafat and the blood of thousands of Palestinians must not go in vain, otherwise truth, justice and rights will be in stake not only in Palestine but also elsewhere in the world.