Some Israelis insulted Jesus Christ recently in a museum in Haifa, making him into an offensive cartoon and insulting the anniversary of his blessed birth. It was as if they were reminiscing about chasing him across the mountains and valleys of Palestine. Today, they are insulting Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem in an attempt to erase the traces of Prophet Muhammad's footsteps in Palestine (peace be upon him).
Other Israelis have beaten religious scholars and abused those staying in the mosque for days to complete their acts of worship. The Israeli occupation authorities are displacing Muslims and Christians alike from Palestine and confiscating the Islamic and Christian endowments. They have been raiding homes, terrorising children and imprisoning them; killing Palestinians senselessly; detaining thousands; confiscating homes and land; and humiliating the people by putting barriers and checkpoints between villages and cities. The enemies of humanity boast and refer to Israel as an "oasis of democracy" and it is backed by the US and other governments. Meanwhile, the Arab regimes are rushing to establish relations with Israel, hold parties for its ministers and welcome them in their royal palaces.
Israel displays unprecedented racism and unprecedented criminality; its cruelty and racism are beyond civilised norms and laws.
There are 14 million Palestinians living with no stability or security in their lives. Families are unable to get together in one place. Fourteen million men, women and children scattered across the world, with those in Arab countries having suffered bitterness, imprisonment, denial of work and disrespect; they are forced to accept the official Arab narrative of the Palestinian cause.
The Palestinians know about the massacres of their people as well as they know their own children's names: from Al-Wehdat to Jerash, Tel El-Zaatar, Sabra, Shatila, Jenin, Rafah, Khan Younis, Kafr Qasim, Deir Yassin, Jaffa and Ramleh. It does not matter who the killers were, as they may have had Arab names but Zionist hearts. It is important enough to know that they all shared one objective, to try to eliminate the Palestinian people, a people who refuse to be part of their calculations and cannot be normalised with criminality or ignored. They are patient, and will strike when least expected, turning the tables on their brutal enemies.
There is unrivalled racism in Israel today. We see murderous gangs of illegal settlers committing crimes with blatant disregard for human life. Israel's thugs in uniform masquerading as soldiers attack civilians with the latest deadly weapons and munitions, including depleted uranium, white phosphorus and massive bombs; they attack by land, sea and air. They know that the people are relatively defenceless and that they will not surrender.
The existence of Israel is a crime in itself, and if we talk about its mission, we would find that it is another catastrophe-in-waiting. It is preparing to take over Arab capitals one by one, either directly or surreptitiously. Nobody is safe, but Arab leaders seem not to care that the Zionist state is a nuclear-armed entity with an out-of-control military machine at its disposal.
How can these Arab leaders look their people in the eye while they embrace the criminals who seized Palestine and desecrated its sanctities which belong to the whole Ummah? How can Christians in the West largely turn a blind eye to the damage done to Christian sanctities and holy sites in occupied Palestine? Israel's crimes are piled on top of crimes, with total impunity. The displaced Palestinians know all about this, and know that what unites them is their determination to survive and persevere in order to thwart Israeli racism and cruelty that operates above the law, and then drive it out of their land, the land of the Prophets and the Messengers. May the Almighty grant us His mercy in doing this. Ameen.
This was first published in Arabic from Echoroukonline, 15 January 2019
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