By Latheef Farook
Israeli genocide of Palestinian civilians and the destruction of Gaza, blindly backed by United States and Europe, has exposed the political and military bankruptcy of secular Arab dictators. So far they refused to do anything substantial to stop genocide of Palestinians who were deprived of water, food, medicine, fuel and electricity for more than a month.
Arab dictators even refused to withdraw their ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Israeli flag continue to fly in Jordan, Egypt UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan while Bolivia, followed by Chile and Columbia, withdraw its ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest against ongoing genocide of Palestinians.
Only after three weeks of bombing and killing more than 8500 Palestinians and flattening almost half of the buildings in Gaza, Bahrain and Jordan decided on 2 November, to withdraw their ambassadors from Tel Aviv demanding to stop the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. Ireland’s Sinn Fein has also called for the envoy’s expulsion for as long as Israel ignores demands for a ceasefire. South Africa recalled all its diplomats saying “Israel is threatening the stability of the global system and US is making a peaceful global order sit on tenterhooks.”
Throughout the Arab world it is dictatorship. People in general and intellectuals in particular are treated as slaves. Most of the intellectuals migrated to countries where they enjoy freedom and recognition. This applies to secular Palestine Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas who refused to hold elections and continue to implement the evil Israeli designs on his people in return for the patronage and financial support.
These secular dictators, carefully screened, selected and installed in power by their US-Britain and French masters were given one message that they should not allow Islamic forces to rise. The west in general will never allow a political force aligned to Islam in the Middle East-the birth place of Islam.
For example in the December 1991 elections in Algeria, Islamic party FIS won 188 seats and won the elections. However France and its secular stooges crushed Islamic forces, FIS, and installed a secular military dictator in power. In the free and fair elections held in the aftermath of the 2010/11 Arab Spring in Egypt pro-Islamic Brotherhood Mohamed Morsy won the elections. US- Europe and Israel got Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates to spend eleven billion dollar to overthrow Mohamed Morsy and install military dictator Abdel Fattah Sisi to serve their interests.
Former US President Donald Trump who signed a 100 billion dollar weapons agreement with Saudi Arabia said that Saudi Arabia, cannot be in power for two weeks without US support. Saudi Arabia, perhaps the largest importers of weapons from US, Britain and other European countries spending billions. However it is not going to use these weapons against Israel to save Palestinians as it depends on US and maintain secret ties with Israel.
Saudi regime used these weapons to wage war on Yemen and create the worst ever humanitarian crisis besides killing innocent Yemenis and destroying the entire infrastructure. So far Saudi had done nothing to protect the Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
The UAE has shown more sympathy toward Israel. A key signatory of the 2020 Abraham Accords, Abu Dhabi issued a statement on Oct. 8 which emphasized that “attacks by Hamas against Israeli towns and villages near the Gaza Strip, including the firing of thousands of rockets at population centers, are a serious and grave escalation” and condemned Hamas for abducting Israeli civilians as hostages.
Of the 22 Arab countries nine called on the UN Security Council for immediate cease fire in Gaza and West Bank. Egypt, the largest and most populous Arab country, is not going to lift a finger to help as it depends on US financial help. However once again, the Arab street is the epicenter of peaceful demands for change. Apart from worldwide protests demonstrations have swept across the region—including notable demonstrations in Casablanca, Algiers, Tunis, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad, and Manama—in support of the Palestinians in Gaza and their basic human rights in the face of an ongoing Israeli military assault and horrifying living conditions.
US European governments care a damn for the Arab dictators. For example the day after US approved a $14.3 billion military aid package for Israel, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in his third visit to Israel spoke of the need to minimise, not stopping, the killing of Palestinians. The pathetic state of affairs in the Middle East is such that Aleida Guevara, daughter of the legendary Che Guevara, asked why the Arab dictators remain silent and what are they waiting for without acting to save the Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank.
Erenst “Che” Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. In a statement Guevara’s sixty three year old daughter Aleida Guevara asked; O Arabs. What are you waiting for?
What is happening in Gaza and when will this end? Are you waiting until Israel achieve its dream? Isn’t it time you save your brothers and sisters, your blood, people of your religion and culture. Isn’t it time for Arab rulers to unite to save the Palestinians. I live far away from you but my heart is with my Palestinian brothers and sisters. I am a doctor. If I can enter Gaza I will be with the Palestinians to help them. I am not worried about my life. Oh Palestinians continue your struggle. Move ahead thinking either freedom or death until victory.
Israeli genocide in Gaza showed the whole world the evil and cruel nature of Zionist Jews and their US, European supporters. Middle East remains a burning volcano about to erupt with unpredictable consequences for the region and the world.