Humanity, an obsolete phenomenon!

By Iqtidar Awan

22nd July 1946, it was a fine summer afternoon in Jerusalem. Nothing seemed unusual. British mandatory officers and their ladies were enjoying mediterranean olives in lunch served by their local Arab staff at the dining hall of “king David hotel”, which was the then headquarter of British mandatory authorities, and the secretariat for Palestine and Transjordan .

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At 12:37 pm, the “holy city” witnessed a big blast, and southern half of “King David hotel” was razed to ground. It was one of the deadliest terrorist acts carried out by various “zionist paramilitary groups” between 1941 and 1948. King David Hotel blast claimed the lives of 91 people, most of them were staff of the Secretariat or the hotel. 21 were first-rank government officials,  49 second-rank clerks, typists and messengers, junior members of the Secretariat, employees of the hotel and canteen workers, 13 soldiers, 3 policemen; and 5 were members of the public.

This attack were carried out by “Irgun”  an offshoot of “Hanagah”, both being Jewish paramilitary forces. Irgun was under direct command of Menakhem Begin, who was then West’s enemy and a declared terrorist then, Begin directly commanded many operations of the sort, in which most of the casualties were civilians. killing over a 100 civilians at Dier Yassin while commanding “Irgun” with help of “Stern gun (Lehi)” is also an incident Begin is blamed for.  Call it interesting, funny or unfortunate; Begin was later elected as Prime Minister of Israel and enjoyed respect and honour from the same people who once called him a terrorist. To add icing on the cake, Begin was awarded ” Nobel Peace prize” in 1978, a year after being elected as PM.

As per Jewish Virtual Library, Mr Begin was so concerned about civilian death’s that he made sure the British were warned about the attack in advance. Most reports about the attack deny that there was any warning, few say there were three warning call mede few min before the attack. Warning, word warning rings the bell. Doesn’t it sound so familiar?

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After various attacks on civilian establishments such as schools, homes , mosques etc, and yesterday’s air attack on a hospital in Gaza, the death toll has reached over 500 in last 2 weeks, but please don’t judge the attackers. They always follow the “due process” and they make sure to give a warning before killing innocent women and children.  Thousands and thousands of Palestinians have been killed in their conflict with Israel , majority of those were innocent civilians, but need not to worry, every war causes collateral damage . Annual Occupied Palestinian avoidable under-5 infant deaths total is 2400 and annual violent deaths total is about 800 (20% children); but who cares, they were subhuman Palestinians. They were killed by a recognized county’s official army. After all its not as insulting as being killed by a rogue or a terrorist

What’s happening in palestine is a humanitarian crises, and it didn’t start recently. Palestinians are being persecuted for almost 7 decades.Icons of freedom and humanity of their time felt and expressed their concerns about the issue they saw as turning into a crises and it did. Gandhi said “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs… Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home”

Nelson Mandela went far enough to relate his country’s freedom to that of Palestinians”” we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without freedom of Palestine”

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Albert Einstein said” It would be my greatest sadness to see zionists do to palestinian Arabs much of what nazis did to jews”

It is commonly said that terrorism is a relative phenomenon. “Someone’s terrorist is someone else’s freedom fighter” To many of us with a conscience, murderer of innocent civilians is a terrorist, no matter how “noble” his cause might be, taking innocent lives and trying to justifying it for some “greater cause” is one of the most absurd pleas we tend to accept so conveniently. What’s politically correct may not always be correct. Might must not always be considered right.

Let’s admit it, might is actually right in today’s world. On June 8, 1967 Israel conducted air and sea attacks on United States navy’s technical research ship “USS Liberty”, killing 34 and injuring 171 Americans. One must think that with all her military power, US must have taught Israel a good lesson. The fact is, all Israel did was to say oops, it was a mistake, paid some monetary compensation and c’est tout.

A country that holds a record in violating UN resolutions is enjoying west’s warm support, and a country (Iraq) in violation of 2 UN resolutions was invaded, suffered over a million dead bodies, and got “democracy brought to it”. Planning and execution might have been wrong, but invasion of Iraq was probably the right thing to do. Saddam needed a lesson, and same should have happened and should happen to all the leaders, whether they be dictators or democratically elected, who are responsible for death of civilians . Yatzak Rabin and Menakhem Begin rather being honoured with Nobel Peace Prize has demolished the credibility of the prize.

There aren’t many excuses one can make to sanctify something that’s principally wrong. After all , there are just so many “political statements” or “explanations”  people will accept. There comes a point when words turn stale and there is nothing new to say. They start sounding like same old record playing the same song again and again. ” A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doest become right and evil doesn’t become good , just because it’s acceptable by majority”. Irrespective of the fact whether majority thought it to be right or wrong then, there is no doubt that holocaust was the worst crime against humanity. How does a nation that has been a victim of ethnic cleansing do the same to Palestinians that Adolf Hitler had done to them.

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Murder is not right . Attacking a humanitarian aid flotillas is not right. Bombing schools and hospitals is not right . Shooting an unborn child in her mother’s womb is not right. Violating UN resolutions is not right . Being in breach of international laws is not right. Violating the treaties you willfully signed is not right. Committing war crimes and laughing at those is not right. Taking over their land, kicking them out of their country and waging war against those who gave you refuge when Hitler was killing you mercilessly, Britian was branding you as terrorists and none in the world was accepting you, is most certainly not right!


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Educated at Lawrence College Ghora Gali Murree, Pakistan. graduated in Internationational relations from Concordia University Montreal canada CEO of Luxtra Group Inc Canada Member of Liberal Party of Canada Won the Nomination of liberal Party ticket and Contested for Alberta’s provincial Legislature in 2012 Liberal ticket Holder for Next Alberta’s provincial election Member and volunteer for various non- aligned / non-religious social welfare organizations Wrote once a week for almost 2 years for Calgary’s community newspaper Weekly Canadian Times[/author_info] [/author]