"That's on one hand and on the other hand, Israeli's popularity and image in the Arab and the Muslim world will suffer further."
Did I just read an oxymoron?
Since when does one glue Israel and the Muslim world with the word popularity and expect a viewpoint that stands up on its feet. If anything, it stands out as a contradiction.
Look, the Palestinians stuck inside Israel have clearly won the hearts of the many masses of the world, except the main decisive hearts of them all: Israel's and the USA's. The US presidents keep talking about a special relationship between the US and Israel. I am assuming that this relationship is a massive concentration of interests. After all, the governments' mantra says that governments have interests, not friends. So, understanding this relationship is a key to Palestinians and Muslims. Finding loopholes in this relationship, loopholes that threaten the interests of the US is a first step into rotating the heart of the US around. Developing an interest-driven relationship will, based on the government's mantra, get Palestinians to penetrate the heart of America. Is this effort to win the heart of the Eagle happening and how? Yet, the question that I am most interested in is:
Is winning the heart of America through an interest-driven relationship really going to change the landscape of Palestine/Israel in favor of Palestinians? history has proven that such relationships are fragile. I believe the Quran refers to it as the spider's web. There ought to be a novel approach to developing a relationship between the US and palestinians, and perhaps Muslims at large, that is stronger than the Israeli-American. Who starts first? Palestinians or Muslims? that's something to ponder.
To be completely blunt and honest with myself, which some might view as dispassionate, Good luck and blessings for the Palestinians, and I really mean it. I may never come close to feeling the pain and courage they show. I don't know how to help them in my lifetime besides sending financial support through Islamic Relief, keep following the news and emphasizing the clear distinction between Judaism and Zionism. I know that only God can set order like He always did in the Middle East, and perhaps not in my lifetime.
I have no doubt in mind, and I'm sure you all know it, that the real pious jews, and yes they do exist, have nothing to do with this massacre and with Israel. It is the atheist nationalist chauvinist zionists who stole the land of Palestinians. Fighting zionism is the hardest battle Palestinians will have to plan for and endure. Whether the entire Muslims join the battle and in what capacity and form is a challenge that nobody dares to think about or tackle. The reality is that most Muslims romanticize about it. I believe they do so because they are driven by the natural instinct to stand up for injustice against a family member. What is even more challenging is that nobody knows how to effectively approach the battle against Zionism even from a peaceful angle. As a consequence, it is clear that Israel will live on for a long time.
Only a divine intervention will restore palestinians their rights and land. Just like a divine intervention was needed to restore dignity to the jews and give them their land back from the Pharaohs.
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[ Chorus Palestinien, mon nom est Palestinien Mon nom est survivance, c'est mon seul bien Mon nom est graphie, bombé sur tous les liens Palestinien ]
Les lettres de mon nom me poursuivent Sertissent le souffle sur mon âme, elles survivent Se révoltent, récusent toute l'occupation juive J'ai fait tant d'effort sans cesse, l'esclavage et la soumission je refuse Les montagnes de ma patrie me connaissent, leurs grottes m'immunisent ce sont mes recluses Salah Dine (Saladin) dans le fond de mes pensées m'appelle Et toute mon histoire arabe à la revanche m'interpelle
Al-qods exhortent la Oumma aux premières lueurs du jour Son Muezzin vocifère: "à la guerre pour le grand retour" Une guerre qui déchiquetterait le sionisme, le charognard vautour Plaqué par les tyrans arabes putréfiés, graissés, corrompus Je résiste seul avec des enfants des pierres de souffrance sont repus J'appelle le grand peuple arabe d'abattre leurs systèmes J'appelle à une guerre qui écraserait le méchant en nous même
Enregistre, enregistre que je suis un arabe Transcris en tête de ta première page que je suis un arabe Enregistre, enregistre que je suis un patient rebelle Transcris que mon peuple est tyrannisé par des pourries poubelles Le temps viendrait où le sang coulerait de plus belle Et une seule grande nation délivrée des tyrans, purifiée Sionisme! par certitude tu ne serais plus gratifiée Mon étendard surnagerait haut dans le firmament Il clamerait mon nom pour toujours et sûrement Palestinien Palestinien Palestinien mon nom est Palestinien
I think the heart of the problem lies within Palestinians themselves, and in fact the entire Muslim world. How does one define the conflict? What is your paradigm on this entire situation?
Is it a religious conflict between Muslims and Jews? Obviously not, since many non-Muslims have been killed too, and since many non-Muslims and non-Jews have expressed their support for either side.
Is it a resource conflict as many academics say? Perhaps so. Denial of one's land, access to water, arable land and farms, livestock, etc. has been a powerful way to disenfranchise and slowly isolate and destroy the Palestinian people over many years now, and it's definitely still going on.
But what strikes me as most interesting is what one scholar once said "tahreer al ard am tahreer al insane" -- i.e. are you trying to free the land or free the people?
And if so, how do you define that "freedom" ?
Freedom to move about safely?
Freedom to plant your own farms without your water being cut off and your crops destroyed, or worse still, your lands confiscated?
Or freedom to have your dignity as a human being, your rights and your faith? Freedom to pray without fear? To visit your holiest sites without fear? To live in your grandfather's home without fear?
I personally feel there is an identity crisis in the Muslim world, not just in Palestine.
You can free Palestine someday perhaps as a land - no killings, no bombings, no walls.
But if you were not able to free the land - is there a way to free the human being who's soul is born there?
I think the same question applies to all oppressed/colonized people anywhere else, and their lands that were invaded. But what makes Palestine different is that the land itself is sacred to so many of different faiths, Muslim, Jewish or Christian, so it will always remain more hotly contested perhaps than any other invaded land on earth. And since it is considered sacred, it may be fitting that some can only see a Divine intervention as the promise of freedom. But one cannot rely on that alone - I always remember the quranic verse that says "god does not change what is wrong with a people until they change what is within themselves." (laa youghayirou llahu ma biqawmin hatta youghayirou maa bi anfousihim).
Can that apply to the Palestinian people to? Is there something in their paradigm, their ideology that must change before they attain that freedom they so covet?
random wanderings of my mind.. despite the tragedies happening and how painful it is to watch the news, I can only wonder what it takes for the Palestinians themselves to look inside their own souls and re-evaluate their strategy (or lack thereof).
The conflict is never ending and violence will always be there as long as the two parties reject the idea of co-existance. To see an end to this enigma in our generation or the next is a dream. We hope and it is our trust that one day we don;'t know when peace will prevail.
I live here in Israel where both parties are living day to day and believe me , I see better with my eyes. Reality on the ground is not a joke.