The world must come together to stand with Palestinian people: In defense of humanity

I am writing this letter not merely as a Filipino but as a citizen of the world. I believe that the time now has come that the world must come together to stand with the Palestinian people in their perennial fight for their honour, their identity, their homes and their right to self-determination. In a word, their right to exist.

It’s been a week now that the state of Israel are bombing Gaza indiscriminately. The bombings are sophisticated and in a massive scale without due consideration to the civilian population. They are doing it to a besieged nation without an army, navy and an air force. There is no shadow of doubt that this criminal act is an act of ethnic cleansing, indeed, a genocide.

The world must now stand as one to condemn the state of Israel for Nakba, for their continuing brutal colonialization, to call for an end to their occupation of the land that they did not own, to end their state sponsored and policy of aggression.

In a word, the international community must call the state of Israel for the termination of their apartheid, which is much worst, than the one that existed then in South Africa.

Screencap via cpj.org

The world must also as one recognize all the historical injustices committed by Israel to the Palestinian people since 1948.

The UN Security Council must not only debate and issue yet another resolution for the latest military aggression of Israel. It was reported that “as of 2013, Israel had been condemned in 45 resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council.” That is ironic considering the fact that NHRC was only created in 2006.

That Security Council must now listen to all the voices of the General Assembly. It’s now the time that they must junk and do away with the so-called Negroponte Doctrine which simply means that “the United States will oppose Security Council resolutions concerning the Israeli–Palestinian conflict that condemn Israel without also condemning terrorist groups.”

Hence, the people of the world must not only condemn the right wing government of Netanyahu, but also the pretending liberal, the alleged beacon of hope and democracy of the Biden administration.

A brief note on US hypocrisy

The US are criticizing and calling out China (another emergent imperialist and notorious land grabber) for its human rights violations in Xinjiang and continued occupation of Tibet, it’s persecution of the democratic forces in Hong Kong, it’s threat of invasion of Taiwan and its militarization of the whole South China Sea, yet what the hell is their right to condemn China (which is also like them) when they are also supporting a terrorist state headed by the bloody Zionists?

Nelson Mandela is correct, “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

UN General Assembly Resolution 32/40

I would like to bring light and to further highlight the UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 32/40 dated December 2, 1977 which read in part that:

“Reaffirming that a just and lasting peace in the Middle East cannot be established without the achievement, inter alia, of a just solution of the problem of Palestine on the basis of the attainment of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the right of return and the right to national independence and sovereignty in Palestine, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations…”

My aim is nothing more than the cry for humanity, a demand for recognition and a struggle for justice.

In the moving words of US Representative Rashida Tlaib:

“There is a crushing dehumanization to how we talk about this terrible violence. The New York Post reported that Palestinian death row — reported the Palestinian death toll as Israeli casualties. ABC says that Israelis are, quote, “killed,” while Palestinians simply, quote, “die,” as if by magic, as if they were never human to begin with. Help me understand the math. How many Palestinians have to die for their lives to matter?

“I stand before you not only as a congresswoman for the beautiful 13 District strong, but also as a proud daughter of Palestinian immigrants and the granddaughter of a loving Palestinian grandmother living in the occupied Falastin. You take that, and you combine it with the fact that I was raised in one of the most beautiful, Blackest cities in America, a city where movements for civil rights and social justice are birthed, the city of Detroit. So I can’t stand here — I can’t stand silent when injustice exists, where the truth is obscured. If there’s one thing Detroit instilled in this Palestinian girl from Southwest, it’s you always speak truth to power, even if your voice shakes. The freedom of Palestinians is connected to the fight against oppression all over the world. Lastly, to my sitty in Falastin, ’ashanek ’iinaa iaquf huna [phon.]. I stand here because of you. Thank you.”

 

Jose Mario de Vega

The writer has a Master’s degree in Philosophy, a law degree and a degree in AB Political Science. He was previously teaching Philosophy, Ethics and Anthropology at an institution of higher education in Nilai University College at Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

As of the moment, he is preparing to publish his first book entitled “Dissidente”. It is a collection of his articles, commentaries and op-ed published by various newspapers in Southeast Asia, including the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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