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Palestinians’ plight and Zionism

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Syed Qamar Afzal Rizvi

OFFICIALLY, International Quds Day is annually celebrated on the last Friday of Ramazan to imbibe our spirit of allegiance and determination to restore the erstwhile Palestinian control over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds. First, it was the Islamic Republic of Iran who took this initiative in 1979 to show the al-Quds solidarity by supporting the Palestinian cause while opposing Zionism and Israel. This year’s Al-Quds Day protests in the Gaza Strip follow more than two months of unrest on the border with Israel, where the Zionist IDF troops brutally kill the innocent Palestinian protesters. As for the Palestinians’ plight, the British plan to create a phony state of Israel in Mandatory Palestine in 1948 at the expense of Palestinians’ enforced expulsion via Zionist forces remains the most atrocious project of the Western imperialism whereby the local Palestinians have been deprived of their fundamental rights to live peacefully and freely in their own lands.
Put truly, without Great Britain, there would not have been an Israel for the Yishuv, or a catastrophe for Palestine’s Arab majority. And according to the British author Mark Roberts, The Balfour Declaration was a sham. Britain did not possess Palestine and had no right whatsoever to promise Zionism a place in Palestine. Palestine at the time was controlled and effectively owned by Ottoman Turkey. The Balfour Declaration did allow Zionism to say that its claim to Palestine had been recognized by a major power, and then to assert that the Zionist enterprise was therefore a legitimate one. But the legitimacy........

© Pakistan Observer