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For Arabs and Muslims, Do Only Palestinian Lives Matter?

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ankara, Tehran, Damascus and Baghdad in solidarity with the Palestinians during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas. Brother Muslims protested in Jakarta, Islamabad, Cairo and Doha.

But this ‘green tsunami’ of support for the Palestinians is taking place while the Kurds continue to be deprived of support to their right to exist, their right to their national identity, and their right to be educated in their language, on their ancestral lands.

For Kurds, support on the scale offered to the Palestinians is a fantastical dream they know will never be fulfilled. Despite their majority-Muslim demography, despite their oppression by anti-democratic states trampling on any rules, whether of war or peace, the Arab and Muslim worlds won't be going out en masse to shout for their liberation.

Because it is four Muslim states who are the Kurds' oppressors. It is the despotic regimes in power in Ankara, Tehran, Damascus and Baghdad who shed crocodile tears for Palestine while entrenching their decades-long destruction of Kurdish rights, culture and identity.

As Kurds, they do not have the right to dream of liberation.

No Arab or Muslim state mobilized international institutions to act when ISIS terrorists targeted Kurds and Christians in Kurdish areas, not even when they committed genocide against the Kurdish-speaking Yezidi minority. No Arab or Muslim member state catalyzed votes or denunciations in the United Nations Security Council, or the Arab League, or the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. No fund was set up to rebuild the destroyed souls and devastated cities.

Nearly 70,000 ISIS terrorists and their families, overwhelmingly from Arab Muslim countries, are still being held in Camp Hol, in Syrian Kurdistan. None of their home states want to take them back. The Kurds find themselves........

© Haaretz

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