“Courage is to transform despair into hope, because despair has a taste of death and that courage concerns life,” Egyptian poet Aly El-Garem (1881-1949).
No nation in this world has suffered the way that the people of Palestine have been suffering.
This nation was occupied in 1948 and the situation continued with what is known as the second Arab-Israeli War (Tripartite Aggression) in 1956. It then witnessed the Six-Day war in 1967 during which the Arab soldiers were overwhelmingly defeated by the occupying Zionist forces.
Despite attempts to restore honor through the 6th October War in 1973, the situation did not gain any significant balance. After that, the United States of America presented an initiative called ‘Mena House’ which the then Palestinian leader, the late Yasser Arafat, rejected.
The situation continued and came to an agreement called ‘Camp David’ between Egypt and Israel in 1979 which was sponsored by the US. It was signed by the late Egyptian president Anwar Saddat and former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin.
Although the agreement was controversial as far as historians and politicians could see, it had some gains for Egypt. Israel gave back Sinai region to Egypt and both sides agreed on not participating in any direct or indirect military campaign that targeted the other.
This agreement appeared controversial without any doubt, but it might have some logic depending on the circumstances which prevailed at that period of time.
Nonetheless, after developments which emerged after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, the Spanish capital of Madrid witnessed a conference between the Arab countries and the Zionist entity. Although the outcome of this conference was not encouraging, it brought both sides of the conflict parties on the same table.
After holding the conference in Madrid in total secrecy, another meeting was held in Oslo, Norway where the Palestinians and Zionists agreed on what the observers described as a “realistic agreement” and based on the principle, “If it cannot be attained as a whole, it can be attained as a piece.”
This agreement somewhat improved the situation, as the Palestinian leadership moved to Ramallah and also in Gaza Strip. In spite of much negativity in the agreement, the circumstances at the time made it appear as if the positive side of the agreement outweighed the negative.
To describe the circumstances then, there is a nomadic adage, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” which means befriend the enemy whom you cannot defeat until further notice — when circumstances change.
This is just a summary of some of the events which have been transpiring since 1948 and led to the continuous suffering of Palestinians, including the torture they have been experiencing throughout their modern history.
These people have been deprived of their human rights, up to a point they cannot even express their opinion or hold peaceful demonstrations, whereas Ivanka Trump and her husband Kushner are celebrating with the occupying Zionist leaders the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
I will not talk about Arab Islamic countries because beating a dead man is ‘haram’. Limiting reaction to the American-Zionists oppressive act will not add anything except criticism and condemnation statements. Perhaps, the most they are capable of doing is hold a conference whose end will see printing communiqués with terminologies full of weaknesses and defeats. The Arabic letter ‘Seen’ will rule between the lines of these deluxe papers, where we will read the words in the fashion of, “We will,” (Saufa) repeatedly. Procrastination has a beginning but no end at a time the extorter entity wishes us the long road to peace!
The Palestinians have been betrayed by the whole world, not only by their brethren. They have become so isolated in facing the enormous advanced military weaponry aided by the media war and betrayal from many Arab fronts, which are living in humiliation and want everyone to be miserable.
You must know and believe that this is not the Salahuddin Al-Ayoubi era and not the circumstance which will pave way for a new Hateen battle. But as the weakest form of faith, leave the people of Palestine alone. They know what they are doing and their interests.
The Palestinians should not be discouraged and have their determination let down. You either say something good, or else, you should shut up because you are too small to match the resistant fighters and mujahidin. But let history register that you were silent, what a calamity! But if history recorded you to have betrayed the Palestinians, that will be a great calamity. Allah is with you, O Palestinians!!
By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi