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Antisemitism, the Muslim World’s Sole Collective Contribution to Palestine

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13.05.2021

Surrounding the meeting of the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan last weekend, there was a pungent stench of hypocrisy.

The joint statement published afterwards by Mohammed bin Salman and Imran Khan, intended to patch up the diplomatic hole Pakistan had dug for itself by snubbing Riyadh last year, reeks of Islamabad’s trademark subservience but also self-righteousness and deadly irony.

In the wake of Israeli forces’ targeting of Palestinians in Al-Aqsa Mosque, which prompted outrage among Muslim statespeople, including Khan, the statement "reaffirmed support for Palestinian people" — while calling Houthi militias "terrorists" for launching "ballistic missiles on Saudi Arabia."

If Houthis in Yemen, where since 2015 over 100,000 Muslims have been killed in the Saudi-led war, are ‘terrorists’ for launching projectiles, on what grounds can Islamabad or Riyadh condemn Israeli action? And what diplomatic leverage do they have to call for a "Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders" when neither has recognized an Israeli state within any borders?

More than an indictment of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, both of whom have been quietly cozying up to Israel in recent months, this is the ghastly reality of self-serving global Muslim leaders, who sell Islamist narratives to fabricate their own legitimacy, if not to propagate a global jihad.

And for these leaders, Palestinian lives have been convenient props to sustain a comfortably inert and supremacist worldview in the Muslim world. This enforces an Islamic supremacist worldview on all conflicts, often downplaying sectarian violence within Islam, and portraying Muslims — and not separate marginalized peoples — as victims of a collective global plotting of the kuffaar (infidels).

As a result, prayers for Palestine that have unified Muslims, from Pakistani actors to French footballers, aren’t offered for the 85 Muslims — mostly schoolgirls — massacred in the Kabul school bombing on the same day. Whereas Palestinians killed by Israelis are declared "martyrs" by the state run Anadolu Agency of the officially ‘secular’ Turkey, no such honorifics are bestowed on the victims of the Kabul blast........

© Haaretz


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