By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Nov 19, 2012
As a rule, whenever Israel attacks Palestine on whatever ground, Arab leaders hasten to call for an ‘urgent’ meeting at the Arab League and deliver speeches, one after the other.
Speeches, which neither decrease the number of the innocent lives claimed by the Israeli airstrikes, nor appease the distress and sadness Palestinian families feel inside while seeing their apples in their eye dying as martyrs. As a matter of fact, this attitude on the part of Arabs towards Israel-Palestine tensions has not changed for more than fifty years. All that Arabs do now is vent their rage from a distance.
Other Arab officials point an accusing finger to Israeli prime ministers, but do nothing for the sake of the innocent Palestinians. Some other female singers have sung songs of melancholy and others have wept in silence, for they have no alternative. Most distressing of all is that Arab leaders and kings have not changed their attitude towards the issue. The Arab League with its numerous meetings and the cups of coffee drunk there have not worked the miracle of standing beside Palestinians and standing up attacking Israel.
Yet, as is known about Arabs, they have agreed to never agree. Hence, our hopes and those of Palestinians are now dashed because the Arabs who are in power have agreed to never agree about standing firmly against Israel and its foremost backers, chief of which is the United States.
Palestinians are not in need of poems written in dedication towards their resistance. Palestinians are not in need of songs in memory of their martyrs. They are not in need of speeches delivered by Arab leaders as a sign of commiseration. Nor are they in need of mottoes that we Muslims raise while deigning the Israeli merciless attacks.
Palestinians are not in need of petitions that call for peace. Palestinians are not in need of peace talks. If all these worked, they would have saved hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Palestinians’ lives are still endangered as they have always been, and nothing has, therefore, changed. Is not this enough to prove that the end to Palestinians’ suffering consists in taking bold action and breaking away from our cowardly passivity? Has not our common sense yet alerted us that what Palestinians need to be afforded is the unconditional backing of all Arab and Muslim nations?
Let us stop preaching what we do not practice, for I strongly believe that this only adds to the predicament of Palestinians. Either we keep our lips sealed or we go and fight with the Palestinians against the merciless, terrorist Israelis.
As Arabs, the Arab Spring must have taught us that toppling the most powerful leaders and defeating the most dictatorial regimes is not a dream that is far from realizing as long as we take to the street and sacrifice a few lives. Here, the same is true of Israel. If all Arab leaders with the eager populations agree to take to the street and fight Israel the same way Libyans fought the tyrant Gaddafi, they will undoubtedly succeed in their mission.
Notwithstanding, our problem is that whenever something happens in Gaza or in Palestine at large, our Arab leaders attend the urgent meetings held by the Arab League where they talk incessantly, deign the Israeli atrocities for the umpteenth time, plead with their allies for a truce, release harsh statements, sign petitions and leave the building. While they have wasted their time carrying out these procedures, more innocent Palestinians are savagely killed and more Palestinian families are made destitute. While they plead with the American presidents, who seem not to be concerned with ordeal of Palestinians, Israel carries on killing.
No sooner does Israel accept the truce than Arabs forget the fatalities and the Israeli atrocities. Sheikh Abdelhamid Kichk was right when he once castigated Arab leaders, saying that it was not the meetings and harsh speeches that would bring peace to Palestinians. It is fighting Israel and defending oneself. Visiting Gaza will never alleviate the suffering of Palestinians. Setting up hospital fields in Palestine too will not scare off Israeli attacks.
Personally, I keep track of what is going on in Gaza, but I have never listened to any speech delivered by the Arab leaders on the hot issue. It is for the reason that their speeches are full of empty words and empty promises. We need action, not speeches. Nothing but providing arms can help Palestinians. We can’t accept to sit on the same table with people who deny the Palestinians their right to defend their land and call them terrorists.
Arabs have to defend the right of the Palestinian people to fight for their independence and their self-determination. Delivering a speech on the Israeli airstrikes and the atrocities committed by Israel is a disservice rather than a service. Let us keep silent or go and take part in the Palestinian defense.
And the best way to do so is to cut every negotiation with Israel until its accepts to abide by international law and heed the countless ineffective UN Security Resolutions, calling on it to put an end to its settlements policies and its plans to dash any hope of giving a chance to the two-state solution.
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