Why the Islamic world is silent on Gaza

Published: July 25, 2014
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The writer is a defence analyst who retired as air-vice marshal in the Pakistan Air Force

The writer is a defence analyst who retired as air-vice marshal in the Pakistan Air Force

In the last 15 years, and some more, with the exception of Bosnia, there have been only two nations that have earned their independence as nation-states — East Timor carved out of Indonesia and South Sudan, when Sudan was separated into its northern and southern identities after the bloodbath at Darfur. Both are predominantly Christian populations and both had fought relatively young struggles for their independent identities. Indonesia and Sudan are recognised nation-states — Indonesia far stronger, Sudan emaciated with decades of civil war — and carving pieces of them was no mean achievement.

In the Muslim world, there are similarly two chunks of populations that have eternally been engaged in seeking their right to freedom: freedom to choose and freedom to decide their future — Kashmir and Palestine; and both are hopelessly forlorn and isolated even as they struggle to seek their own destiny. If the ongoing murderous assault on the Palestinians isn’t yet a stark reminder, what else will be of the deviousness of an international order that is at best reticent in its support to meet the needs of these two largely Muslim denominations.

The UNSC resolutions are meaningless; the long struggles have seen generations of these two groups give their blood endlessly to their cause. But it still falls far short of the pain threshold of those sitting in judgment on who will realise freedom and who will continue to suffer repression under the might of state power that controls their existence. Two Christian nations got their independence; two sets of Muslim populations did not, despite their struggle being longer and bloodier, with children and women the prime targets of a deliberate and organised genocide.

By day 16, the score in Gaza is closer to 700 — 40 per cent of them children; and there is no sign that the international community or its associated arms of human rights or justice are any near to intervening. The shooting down of a Malaysian plane leads the newscast in the Western world and newer sanctions on Russia are conveniently afoot instead. There could not have been a more opportune divine intervention for Israel and its Western supporters when Gaza and the genocide there have slipped to second place in attention. There isn’t an audible voice in their support — for both the Palestinians and the Kashmiris. The silence is deafening. Token agitation is as much shameful as it is a sham.

You can’t though blame only religious affinity as the fortuitous avenue for the lucky ones to find their freedom; it is equally the failure of the larger ethno-religious communities that the Palestinians and the Kashmiris hoped would sound their concerns to the world at large, and be their voice at international forums. Instead, narrow national interests and precarious internal vulnerabilities for most Muslim nations now force each to only fend for itself.

Gaza is blocked on three sides by Israel. On the fourth side sits the Mediterranean, controlled and managed by Israel, completing a perfect siege. It is practically now the world’s largest prison with 1.8 million inhabitants. Egypt has a 12km-wide stretch of border with Gaza but it blocks it more assiduously than even the Israelis. Hamas has its origins from a sympathetic al Ikhwan al Muslimeen, the newly banned group in Egypt. General Sisi overthrew the democratically-elected Mohamed Morsi of Ikhwan when a threat of its complicity with Hamas evolved with Morsi in power, among other reasons. More than simply the inefficiency of the Morsi regime, there were the tentacles of international and regional imperatives that forced a change in Egypt. That much should now be obvious.

Iran, a backer of Morsi, Hezbollah, Hamas, Iraq and Syria, and a declared nemesis of Israel, found itself being faced down by Saudi Arabia and its various proxies in al Nusra and the ISIS as they laid waste Iranian allies with the support of the GCC minus Qatar, which got neatly aligned with Hamas and Morsi’s Egypt. Hezbollah is consumed in Syria, while Hamas is an effectively isolated entity. The ISIS is as much its own boss as it seeks its own destiny. If this doesn’t make for a ‘great game’, what else does? Netanyahu and his advisers have been all over recounting why it is important to neutralise Hamas now, beyond the fury and anger for the loss of their three countrymen. The prevailing fragmentation of what once was known as the Arab bloc provides Israel the tentative support of many Muslim nations as it goes after Hamas. This is Israel’s stated position. That also, sadly, is the story of the Arab League and why it is absent from the scene. With a fractured GCC and a divided Arab League, the OIC is not even a squib.

That also is the state of the Muslim world. Weak, fragmented and fractured, it is in its sorriest state since its primal position in the 13th and 14th centuries. Its human development index is the poorest among all major population blocs while its vulnerabilities are laid bare in today’s world where knowledge, education and technology underline the economic and social strength in a society. Most rich Arab nations sell their oil and gas to the West or their allies and buy military equipment to sustain their rule against assumed hostilities from within. Across the world, Muslim countries are easily conflated with most terrorism around the world; Netanyahu said as much to Kofi Annan when he sought to defend his country’s barbarity. The ironic part is that each of these slimy explanations sticks. Such is the depravity now ruling the religion of peace.

Notions of a transnational Ummah are impractical in today’s global structure of nation-states, each with its own set of issues plaguing their socioeconomic regression. It is time for a serious course correction within if we wish the voice of the Muslim world to be heard and be of consequence to those who depend on its support in the existing global hierarchy. This correction must be based around progressive modernism in education, science, technology and innovation. Ruling structures, of necessity, must enable participatory mechanisms and offer sound political and economic governance models. Alienation from the rest can only be disastrous. For that, though, we will have to drastically mend our ways. What of Gaza then? I am afraid, Israel, one day, will have to say, ‘it’s enough’. Beyond that, there is little hope.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (76)

  • Jul 25, 2014 - 11:59PM

    At least think logically and try to focus on the dilapidated state of our own country where the state is complicit in Shia/Hazara/Ahmadi and Baloch genocide. Stop worrying and selling religion in the name of over hyped issues like Gaza. Far more Muslims were killed in Darfur and Syria than in entire Arab Israeli conflict. Write about them and highlight the role of china who has vetoed every single UN resolution against Sudan and Burma who are involved in Muslim genocide.

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  • Avtar
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:23AM

    By their silence, Pakistan and its various militant groups are supporting Israel. None of the militants have gone to fight against Zionism (not Judaism). There are not even vocal protests that Pakistan is known for. One wonders about Arabic brotherhood and lineage that Pakistani religious elite claims.
    The author, along with some other columnists, assume religion is the glue. Realpolitics is governed by national interests and geography.

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  • Baloch
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:24AM

    You don’t mention the freedom struggle of the people of Balochistan.
    You don’t consider us Muslims?

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  • Faizan
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:28AM

    @Anas Abbas:
    Says the ‘smart’ atheist.

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  • truthbetold
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:32AM

    @Anas Abbas:

    “Write about them and highlight the role of china who has vetoed every single UN resolution against Sudan and Burma who are involved in Muslim genocide.”

    China is also directly involved in the genocide of Uighur Muslims.

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  • Syed
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:49AM

    The real reason is because Saudis are friends with Israel. Their aim in life is not to let Shia Iran become influential. That is why they fund extremists in Pakistan. That is why they are behind the unrest in Syria and Iraq. They don’t care about the people of Gaza. How come Iran has been speaking for Palestine for all these years but Saudis stay quite?

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  • Pakhtun
    Jul 26, 2014 - 1:19AM

    How can Pakistanis express sympathy with Gaza, but condone army invasion in Waziristan?

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  • Sonya
    Jul 26, 2014 - 1:41AM

    The Saudi proxies in Syria and Iraq and Bahrain’s king all are being supported by Pakistan. Would you suggest them to stop that now. You have however expressed close to the reality that is prevailing.Recommend

  • Jul 26, 2014 - 2:53AM

    @Anas Abbas: genocide is what syrian sunnis are facing, what you mentioned is not even remotely close to the suffering of sunni muslims at the hands of iranian trianed extremist shia mercenaries from lebanon, iraq, iran, afghanistan and pakistan

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  • ishrat salim
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:10AM

    @Anas Abbas:

    2 wrongs does not make 1 right….massacre of Muslims should be condemned in all its form. Muslim Ummah should set aside their differences & support fellow Muslims…..

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  • Genesys
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:12AM

    There aren’t many public libraries in Dubai. Well, there are some, run by the Dubai government, but they aren’t most popular with the residents. You don’t see a fraction of the crowd that you come across in the emirate’s fabled malls. This is the overall position in Arab/Muslim lands. So the thirst for knowledge will take a long time to be part of society. When there is no movement for the Rohingya Muslims and Bangladesh a Muslim majority nation , turning them down what is the much touted OIC doing. Lastly on Kashmir, with Pakistan is a state of uncertainty what will Kashmir which is primarily a valley and economically and financially unsustainable going to do about it?

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  • Sun Tzu
    Jul 26, 2014 - 4:21AM

    Why are you silent on ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir? You’ll get your own answer!

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  • Ejaaz
    Jul 26, 2014 - 5:47AM

    “This correction must be based around progressive modernism in education, science, technology and innovation.”

    Sir ji: What you say is correct. However. consider the possibility that 21st century science views religions rather dimly and pretty close to superstition. That is why Europe is rapidly dechristianising. Can there be a progressively modern, and steeped in science “Islamic” world? The first thing science requires is an open and critical examination of favorite ideas. When was the last time you heard an open and critical examination of our religion in Pakistan?

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  • clap clap
    Jul 26, 2014 - 6:31AM

    Palestine and Kashmir ..,.. hmmm. Was Balochistan a slip of mind or a convenient omission?

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  • Gratgy
    Jul 26, 2014 - 8:44AM

    Pakistan doesnt want Kashmiri freedom, it wants annexation.

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  • abhi
    Jul 26, 2014 - 9:35AM

    Why author skipped chechanya and uighhur is anybodies guess, are they not muslim?

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  • dada
    Jul 26, 2014 - 9:46AM

    Ten times more Palestinians were killed by one Pakistani brigadier named Zia-ul Haq in September of 1973. 3 Million Bangalis (60% Hindus) were killed and 400,000 women were gang raped by Pakistani army in 1971. In 1999 Kargil war, Shia northern infantry was abandoned and were starved to death and by Indian bombardment.

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  • nrmr44
    Jul 26, 2014 - 10:32AM

    The polite term for this piece of writing is “Vaporware”. The accurate term is “Juvenile Blather”.

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  • Gp65
    Jul 26, 2014 - 11:57AM

    Even as the good AVM suffers angst for the people in Palestine and Kashmir, he fails to notice the plight of he million IDPs in his own country who have been driven out from their omes by bombing by their own army and now people from other states of union e.g. Punjab and Sind are saying they do not want them. Hazaras continue o be mercilessly killed. Of course the author recognizes that this is a time of nation-states not ummah and yet has no concern for Pakistani Christians and Hindus who continue to be killed, forcibly converted or pushed out of the country.

    If Pakistan worried less about how to annex Kashmir and more on ow to care for Pakistanis, both Indians and Pakistanis wold be much better off.

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  • saqib
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:07PM

    @Anas Abbas:
    You’re right but this doesn’t mean muslims nations keep salient/show apathy on gaza killings.

    On the other hand, matter of the fact is that only two countries (Iran and Saudi) tear apart muslims unity through their agenda of financing terrorism in middle east and in Pakistan to take lead on each other, which led division among muslims that’s why all are watching like other government of the world. What you all think?

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  • Arifq
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:12PM

    Chechnya, Moro (Philippines) Kurdistan, Baluchistan added to Kashmir, Palestine. This is for your update

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  • Sri Varahadev
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:18PM

    Convenient amnesia about Pakistan’s role in persecuting Palestinians. Pakistani’s need to cast their mind back to the period September 1970 to July 1971 when one Pakistani Army Officer by name of Brigadier Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq played a leading role in actively and physically helping the Hashemite Monarchy of Jordan exterminate Palestinian’s. The slaughter of Palestinians goes by the name “Black September”. It is height of hypocrisy for Pakistan which actively and physically collaborated in the brutal suppression of Palestinians to claim to shed tears for Palestinians.

    Intrigued by the absence of any mention of the Muslim Baloch struggle for independence in Balochistan from Punjabi domination, absence of any mention of the Muslim Uighur struggle for independence from Chinese domination in Xinjiang and absence of any mention of the current heavy handed actions against Muslim Pathan’s of North Waziristan Agency under Operation Zarb e Azb by Pakistan’s Punjabi controlled Army. Slaughter of Muslims it seems is acceptably halal if carried out either by Pakistan or those considered allies by Pakistan.

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  • Jul 26, 2014 - 12:57PM

    Why Pakistan is silent on Xinjiang? It is time for seriou­s course correc­tion within if we wish the voice of Muslim world to be heard and be of conseq­uenceRecommend

  • usman786
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:59PM

    @Baloch: Baloch rebels want control over money (minerals) not to support their tribes but themselves. What they have done for their people in last 67 years? Did the military stop them from doing development work in province? or they donot want public to be educated and question tribal chiefs authority??
    @Syed:
    Fear of Iran was created by US in Saudis/Gulf to sell their weapons. Now no one wants to Support Palestine bcz they fear US which may create unreast for monarchies. Arabs have to put pressure on their govt.
    Each muslim country has problem of its own at this time.

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  • Anonymous
    Jul 26, 2014 - 5:29PM

    @usman786:
    Punjabi wants to control their minerals and land so what is wrong if they want that control it back. Very obvious example is gas from Sui. Whole Pakistan used that but local people were denied from 4 decades in the name of ……

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  • ajaath
    Jul 26, 2014 - 5:48PM

    Mr. Chaudhry, you are well aware that Kashmir was independent until October 1947. Who invaded them? What was their motivation? Now you lost all hopes of getting Kashmir as you wished, so started preaching independence. By the way you forgot to mention one more place where people are fighting for independence for quite long time.. BALUCHISTAN. Can you just think of Kashmir’s fate today, had it joined Pakistan soon after independence? it would have been another Baluchistan.

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  • ghayyas
    Jul 26, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Israel’s actions are barbaric. Killing of innocent people especially children cannot be ignored or forgiven. Our leaders are quiet for they don’t want to annoy USA or the west. I just wish that Imran Khan would speak up and so would our Army chief.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jul 26, 2014 - 7:09PM

    The Islamic countries are silent, because they are spineless. OIC has failed collectively and so as individual Islamic countries. The reason is because of conceived Iran nexus with Hamas. They all forget our common enemy….they all forget that their time may come soon….

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  • PrasadDeccani
    Jul 26, 2014 - 8:03PM

    @Genesys:

    “Lastly on Kashmir, with Pakistan is a state of uncertainty what will Kashmir which is primarily a valley and economically and financially unsustainable going to do about it?”

    This is what Brits said when we asked them to give us independence.

    Sorry about my off-topic comment.

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  • Tariq
    Jul 26, 2014 - 8:32PM

    As a person of Kashmiri descent, I resent the arrogant assumption by Pakistanis that Kashmiris, if given a choice would elect to join Pakistan. Maybe in 1947, but certainly not now.

    I would like Pakistanis to answer just one question. How would the day to day life of the average Kashmiri be better if they woke up tomorrow to find themselves part of Pakistan. I know there will be no answer because in my experience Pakistanis never bother to look at things from the Kashmiri point of view.

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  • Dharma Sena
    Jul 26, 2014 - 8:35PM

    @ Dada
    @ Sri Varahadev

    Timely reminder of the malign role Pakistan Government has played in the killing of Palestinians for whom they are now shedding tears. Role played by Pakistan via then Brigadier Zia Ul Haq in the killing of Palestinians is unpardonable.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 26, 2014 - 8:52PM

    I don’t know what options other Islamic countries have but we Pakistanis cannot do much to punish Israel. If we had recognized Israel and had trade relations with Israel then we would have cut off our relations and stopped our planes to fly into Israel. In present situation, maximum we can do is to print your article on piece of a paper and dispatch it to Israel by a pigeon.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 26, 2014 - 9:28PM

    @Pakhtun:
    Because they are hypocrites and also short sighted since they can not see what is in their backyard.

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 26, 2014 - 9:36PM

    The Air marshal being a flyer has the birds eye view of the events in the world but he is extremely short sighted for ignoring the fate of waziris who have had to face months and not days of aerial bombardment of his air force persistently displacing a million plus across the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Gazans are at least still located in Gaza! Both Jews and palestinian arabs are people and they are both struggling to become Nations, one now playing the role of Goliath and the other is David! Both are semites and the children of Ibrahim! I guess that the air marshal regards Pakistan a muslim state as well.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 26, 2014 - 11:52PM

    We can argue about all the things which have happened or are about to happen around the world, but currently over a thousand people, a large number being children, have been killed, 6,000 seriously injured, and the Palestine living area just bombed out rubble. This is genocide being practiced at a level rarely seen. In my view, Shahzad Chaudry is sharply focused, and we need more journalists like him. I am impressed with ET for printing his article.

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  • Ahmed Shia
    Jul 27, 2014 - 12:58AM

    We Muslim are always ready to make hue and cry when we fight with non-Muslims,but prefer to stay in silent when fellow muslims are killing other muslim.What is going on in Iraq by ISIS?How many have protested??We simply create mess in the name of religion.See the example of our own nation.We need serious introspection before crying for others and we need to be modern and rational.Religion,mullah,jihad will not lead us anywhere..we will remain in stone age if we don’t improve ourselves and our economy.

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  • Prakash
    Jul 27, 2014 - 1:14AM

    Author forgot to mention Baluchistan which is also a Muslim dominated area struggling for Independence as long as Palestine and Kashmir.

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  • Art
    Jul 27, 2014 - 1:25AM

    Dear Mr retired air-vice marshal, by some estimates Pakistan has lost 50,000 Pakistanis since 911 terrorist attacks have you ever wonder why?

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 27, 2014 - 1:44AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You could also ask Pakistan Navy chief to watch out for the nuclear armed submarines of the Israeli Navy which are not far off from the Karachi sea port?

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 27, 2014 - 1:50AM

    @Tariq:
    The answer is very simple and if you are from the lush land of the mountains and lakes then you should know that Pakistan has been very generous in granting them the passport to travel to the UK, the land which has been so kind and hospitable to kashmiri community.

    Rex Minor

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  • Jul 27, 2014 - 2:37AM

    This is really shameful for the muslim world infact for whole world that which is happening on gaza.Israel is a terrorist state which can just destroy the lives of unarmed pelestinians.The muslims and the superpower like china and russia are just watching this and not taking any step against Israel.1000s of people have been killed in gaza and the whole world is sleeping.This is our responsibility to take care of our muslim brothers.We should boycott the Israeli products and break all the relationship with Israel.

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  • Raja
    Jul 27, 2014 - 3:24AM

    @Pakhtun: Because they don’t kill their own countrymen.

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  • Jul 27, 2014 - 3:27AM

    This is really shameful for the whole muslim nation and the world.Israel is a TERRORIST STATE which can just destroy the lives of unarmed pelestinians.We should boycott Israeli product and break all our relationship with Israel.This is our responsibility to take care the lives of our muslim brother.

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  • Raja
    Jul 27, 2014 - 3:36AM

    @dada:
    If you have just a message of hatred and don’t care about the plight of Palestine people but rather get your agenda out by making statements against Pakistan, it shows and it is shameful.

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  • Raja
    Jul 27, 2014 - 3:36AM

    @Sri Varahadev:
    If you have just a message of hatred and don’t care about the plight of Palestine people but rather get your agenda out by making statements against Pakistan, it shows and it is shameful.

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  • Jul 27, 2014 - 3:39AM

    This is really shameful for muslims and for the whole world that which going on in gaza .Israel is a TERRORIST STATE which is destroying the lives in gaza.We should boycott Israeli products and break all the relationship with Israel.Muslims should help the Pelestinians.

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  • Raja
    Jul 27, 2014 - 3:39AM

    @Dharma Sena:
    If you have just a message of hatred and don’t care about the plight of Palestine people but rather get your agenda out by making statements against Pakistan, it shows and it is shameful.

    What is India’s official stance of Israel and Palestine conflict? Let’s not get off topic here, instead of focusing on Pakistan, Is Indians out of the streets protesting a human massacre that is happening in Ghaza?

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  • Zarb-e-Hanood
    Jul 27, 2014 - 5:48AM

    More Apt Headlines:

    Why Islamic World is Silent on Balochistan?
    Why Islamic World is Silent on North Waziristan Agency?

    Then there are the following questions:
    When Muslim Arabs consider themselves superior to Muslim Non-Arabs say Pakistani’s who they refer to as “Miskeen”, can there be an Islamic World?

    When Non-Arab Muslims in turn pander to this Arab notion of superiority themselves by classing those with a smidgen of Arab blood i.e. Ashraff as superior to those with none i.e. Ajlaf , can there be an Islamic World?
    When Sunni Muslims routinely slaughter Shia Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, and Pakistan , can there be an Islamic World?

    When there is no Buddhist World, no Christian World, no Hindu World, no Jewish World etc. why should there be an Islamic World?

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  • Professor
    Jul 27, 2014 - 6:40AM

    The so-called Muslim World does not exist. Even if it does, it is one of the blatantly hypocritical body. When the Chinese massacre and incarcerate Urumqi Muslims en masse, not a peep is heard from them. Even in the Gaza conflict, the only nations that speak up are the ones who have no irons in the fire there. To even talk about the Muslim World as if it is one monolithic body is disingenuous.

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  • Ashraf
    Jul 27, 2014 - 7:39AM

    Saudi Arabia insultingly calls Indian and Pakistani Muslims as “miskeen”. A relatively diplomatic word for poor beggars. And the author thinks that somehow the Muslim world has a single identity.

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Jul 27, 2014 - 11:39AM

    Great article. Thanks for mentioning both Palestine and Kashmir freedom struggles. All of us Muslims need to support our people, no matter where we are. Salute to the author. Maybe today we are too weak to support Gaza as we should, but I pray one day we will be strong enough to protect Muslim interests around the world.

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  • Thotatum25
    Jul 27, 2014 - 12:16PM

    @Raja:
    India’s official stand on the conflict is for a two-nation solution based on UN Resolution 242, final boundaries subject to negotiations. It means Israel’s right to exist too should be recognized across the board. As to the present conflict, India’s reaction appears a little confused: the Government did not allow a discussion in Parliament but its delegation voted against Israel at the Human Rights Commission.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 27, 2014 - 2:00PM

    @Thotatum
    Are you aware of the border lines of the State of Israel.? Israel has not yet defined them!!! How on earth you expect any one including the USA or Europe to recognise the rights of Israel to exist, other than to recognise the rights of jewish people to live in a state of their own and in peace.

    Rex Minor

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  • James
    Jul 27, 2014 - 2:03PM

    @saleh ahmed:
    Make a start with Israeli military equipment

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  • ABC
    Jul 27, 2014 - 3:44PM

    @clap clap:

    I think Asam, Khalistan and many other Indian states were also slipped from the writer’s mind

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  • Jul 27, 2014 - 4:51PM

    @Rex Minor: granting passport to the people of AJK to travel to UK is termed as generosity. The whole world should salute your wisdom and PAK generosity.

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  • Singh
    Jul 27, 2014 - 6:29PM

    Actually question should be “Why Islamic world silent on ISIS in Iraq?”
    They are blowing up shrine everyday. Those shrine are actual asset of Muslim world but every one is quite.

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  • Sultan Mohd.
    Jul 27, 2014 - 7:15PM

    You conveniently forgot the struggles of Kurd people to form a separate state called Kurdistan. Even near home the Baluchistan struggle does not make your grade?

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  • Fred smith
    Jul 27, 2014 - 7:18PM

    The author is clueless, Gaza is bordered by Egypt on its western border.

    Nothing like getting facts get in the way of your argument !

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  • Hassan
    Jul 27, 2014 - 8:25PM

    It was really disappointed after reading few comments that people today do not read/listen to understand but merely to respond. If the article is about Gaza then let it be about Gaza and read and understand it in the context of Gaza. In one piece, one simple cannot address all the issues and atrocities of the world. Bringing up other issues saying that they are more important is absurd and it simply doesn’t add to the knowledge of the subject under consideration which is the key of discussion. People are encouraged to write their own article on the issues they deem most crucial.
    This is a general comment based on observation and is not meant to pin down anyone.

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  • Cal Berg
    Jul 27, 2014 - 9:47PM

    What is happening in Gaza is tragic and actions of both Hamas and Israelis should be condemned in the strongest words. This is how Palestinians could have gotten their independence many decades ago: Large Arab (and Muslim) countries could have given a small piece of their own land to them. For example, Saudi Arabia is very large with a very small population. They and others (Pakistan) could have invited the Indian Kashmiri people to move their also. Problem of independence – as claimed by the author and other likeminded people – would have been solved. But love of conflict and hatred of the Other runs through Muslim people and history. Many of the world’s hot spots are where Muslims live. Muslims in general – there are exceptions – hate living with others, even with fellow Muslims (e.g. Shia, Ahmadi).

    If I were choosing between Israelis and Jews (total 15 million) versus Arabs and Muslims (total 250 million and 1.5 billion, respectively), I’d choose Israelis and Jews. They’ve contributed lot more to humanity (and sacrificed a lot, too) than the large Arab and Muslim populations. Muslims appear to be chronic complainers and haters.

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  • gopal paul
    Jul 27, 2014 - 10:37PM

    @ishrat salim:
    ”Notions of a transnational Ummah are impractical in today’s global structure of nation-states, each with its own set of issues plaguing their socioeconomic regression. It is time for a serious course correction within if we wish the voice of the Muslim world to be heard ” Sums it up.

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  • gopal paul
    Jul 27, 2014 - 10:39PM

    @ishrat salim: Why it is only Muslims you are concerned with? What happens when Hindus are killed in Pakistan and Bangladesh? If you becomes selective, please do not expect others to support your cause.

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  • gopal paul
    Jul 27, 2014 - 10:40PM

    @Sun Tzu: They are not muslims.

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  • gopal paul
    Jul 27, 2014 - 10:43PM

    @saleh ahmed: First you take care of the shias and ahmedis in your country.

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Jul 28, 2014 - 12:01AM

    Why the Islamic World is silent on Gaza! Misleading title, well first there are Muslim countries most of them governed by foreign oriented Laws! in this Ir Pakistan is first english laws are in force on mostly Muslim pakistan not the local Islamic Shariat Laws, Muslim world by populations yes govts are not, only Ir Iran with the Islamic Revolution in 1979 we can classe as Muslim Power, sure they help what they can but is not the casse of grand great majority of the Muslim Majority countries, there is Islamic Civilisation without own Military Power protection so for the time being it’s out of question this is the reason there are local armed strugles including in pakistan where peoples oppose english govt in Islamic Pakistan!

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  • Shah Rangila
    Jul 28, 2014 - 12:55AM

    We have more reason to be optimistic about winning Kashmir than Palestine. It is a question of us Pakistanis being confident in our nuclear prowess, superior lifestyle as well as tall and fair appearance. Contrast with the short weak cowardly black Hindus who are emboldened to oppress Kashmir due to our passivity.

    There has never been any shortage of resources for us. As the only Islamic nuclear power, the world will have no choice but to give in to our demands. We should trust ourselves and eliminate kufr. The rest will follow easily.

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  • Syed Jalal Kashmiri
    Jul 28, 2014 - 1:06AM

    Shame on all supporters of Israel. We Kashmiris know that these Hindu extremists are waiting for the opportunity to do the same massacres on Kashmiris and Pakistanis. Shame on Hindu extremists who lack humanity or compassion for others, and hate only on the basis of religion. Give Kashmir and Gaza freedom, or we will take it with our own hands.

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  • Jul 28, 2014 - 2:33AM

    The biggest issue in the muslim world is this that muslims are not united.The muslim are killing because of their own fault. The muslims fear america,israel,e.t.c but they dont fear God.They are like servant of the strong countries.Muslim can’t become strong until they get united.

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  • Sun Tzu
    Jul 28, 2014 - 2:40AM

    @gopal paul:
    exactly!! – for blinkered people like the author, only muslims have “human rights”.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jul 28, 2014 - 5:34AM

    @Cal Berg:
    You have a good sense of humour!!!

    Rex Minor

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jul 28, 2014 - 8:28PM

    @Cal Berg:
    Dear Cal,
    The Palestinians were quite happy living in Palestine until 1948 when the Jews with massive US military support moved in, and the Palestinians unlike another group, were not routinely complaining. In regard to contributions to humanity you should read history. In the Middle Ages, usually referred to as the Dark Ages, Europe was an intellectual backwater, but fortunately the centers of learning in the Middle East such as those in Syria and Iraq lifted Europe out if its doldrums.

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  • naheed
    Jul 30, 2014 - 3:40PM

    When it comes to money and power all have the same religion

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  • Abdul
    Aug 7, 2014 - 6:23AM

    @Tariq:
    The Kashmiri when he wakes up in Pakistan will be free. Free to get education at the world class Pakistani universities. Free to avail of the innumerable employment opportunities in Pakistan. Free to participate in the strongest and the fastest growing economy in the world. Free to practice hes religion as he pleases.

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  • Kamal khan
    Aug 7, 2014 - 8:12AM

    My dear friend why did You miss xinxiang? are they not muslims? look at the pathetic conditions in which they are living . Recent china decision shocked us. Why don’t you tacked about that? because China is Your friend and enemy of India. First take up that issue.Come to second one baluchistan. They also need independence. look at this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HumanrightsviolationsinBalochistan.
    First Make balooch muslims happy and prosperous life than talk about Gaza etc? You are so hypocritical man.

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  • Khalil
    Dec 3, 2014 - 2:56AM

    As has already been mentioned in the comments, the writer’s agenda shines brightly with the omission of Balochistan. His disregard for the independence of Bosnia demonstrates further his lack of objectivity or appreciation of fact (which is underscored only by the omission of Kosovo, the 4th country which obtained its independence in the last 15 years and also Muslim).

    If Pakistan wants an Azad Kashmir…then FREE it. It’s no secret…except maybe to this writer and many of his countrymen that Pakistan occupies a large piece of Kashmir…and has shown no sign of moving it toward independence.

    With regard to Palestine…Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. It’s an Arab problem. Let the Arabs deal- or not deal with it- themselves.

    The biggest problem that I see in the region is Pakistan. Terrorism in India, Terrorism in Afghanistan and beyond. Pakistani security forces are red with the blood of both countries…not to mention countless US and EU countrymen.

    It’s time to neutralize the threat.

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