Ummah’s apathy

Now it is a foregone conclusion on the liberation and statehood of a Palestinian state

Editorial May 30, 2024


Recep Tayyip Erdogan has touched the heart-line of Muslim Ummah. The Turkish president has simply called a spade a spade, making it categorical that the UN has outlived its utility, and the defiance of Israel is at the root-cause of revulsion and mayhem in the Middle East. He made a point as he questioned the vitality of the world forum when it cannot even defend its own personnel in the warzones. Likewise, he was right as he grilled the organisation for its failures, especially in the case of Gaza where an uninterrupted genocide is being enacted on a daily basis for the last seven months.

The points of lament were perhaps meant to drive the attention of the fellow Muslim states towards the apathy, and the free hand that the Zionist state is exercising while exterminating the Palestinians. Now it is a foregone conclusion on the liberation and statehood of a Palestinian state, when its hapless and homeless inhabitants are on the verge of extinction. Peace mediations and behind the curtain arm-twisting had only resulted in furthering the slumber, and inaction of the Muslim world had become a laughing stock.

This is why apparently there is a clear-cut wedge between the people on the streets and those at the helm of affairs in the Muslim world, and this perceptional divide is taking a toll in the form of rising radicalism. That was the genesis of the problem that Erdogan has highlighted by inviting action from the respective governments, as it directly entails their relevance and credibility in statecraft.

Gaza and now Rafah are zones of barbarism, and there is nothing civil left in it. Hospitals, schools and residential infrastructure are in ruins, and more than a million people are stranded on the borders of Egypt and Jordan awaiting their assured destruction. The aid-bridge to provide succour from the UN is at the mercy of Israel, and is inoperative, to say the least. Erdogan has simply pointed out the disease, and it entails a proper diagnosis and that too in real-lifetime of Palestinians.


Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2024.

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