Before the coming of the illegal occupation of Palestine in 1948 by way of the Israeli massacre of Palestinians, the region had a diverse population and a rich history. Here’s what the apartheid state doesn’t want you to know.
Major population centers included Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, and other cities were known for their diverse and vibrant communities. The majority of the population lived in harmony, and religious communities coexisted peacefully. Interactions between different communities were common, and the Old City of Jerusalem was a prime example of this diversity.
Palestine was home to a diverse population, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, as well as smaller communities of Druze, and other religious and ethnic groups. These communities coexisted for centuries in relative harmony.
The passage of time has cast a shadow on this once-thriving coexistence, forcing the world to bear witness to the distressing consequences of the illegal Israeli occupation and the struggles of the Palestinian people. The path to justice has been marred by bloodshed and heartache, with countless innocent lives lost in the process.
Now the world is witnessing an alarming decline, with corruption on the rise. This distressing reality has been repeatedly demonstrated, particularly against those who champion justice, who are relentlessly oppressed and vilified, their images tarnished by a media that often paints them as villains.
The term “terrorist”—a label that evokes strong emotions—warrants careful consideration. Is it a word that has been unfairly affixed to Muslims exclusively? It is essential to grasp the genuine definition of terrorism—a person who employs unlawful violence and intimidation—typically targeting civilians, in pursuit of political objectives. How, then, can this label be applied to those defending their homeland, while remaining conspicuously absent when discussing actions by those supporting the Israeli massacre of Palestinians?
After enduring years of brutal oppression and bearing the weight of countless innocent lives, one must ponder: Does responding with resistance against an illegal Zionist occupation instantly transform a nation or a group into monsters? Are they the true perpetrators, or are they merely striving to rectify the injustices that have been inflicted upon their people?
The individuals fighting back today are the offspring of generations who witnessed their loved ones suffer unspeakable atrocities, who endured the horrors of watching their mothers and sisters being violated, their brothers and fathers mercilessly murdered. Was it plausible to believe that they would remain passive forever?
Hamas, often vilified as a terrorist group, is merely a group of individuals who have borne witness to a relentless tide of injustice. They have observed the world’s inaction while their loved ones endured barbaric slaughter. Can it be convincingly argued that the apartheid, cannibal Israeli occupation did not foresee the inevitable consequences of its ethnic cleansing and massacres?
In a bitter twist of fate, this resistance by Palestine has unwittingly played into the hands of the illegal apartheid state of Israel, which sought to eradicate the Palestinian homeland from the very beginning. Their strategy was cunning, enabling them to manipulate global perceptions and secure widespread support.
Even more disheartening is the realization that those we once admired and stood by, instead of supporting the enduring struggles of innocent Palestinian civilians, have opted to align themselves against them. It is indeed a cause for concern that these influential figures have only now begun to raise their voices in support of the apartheid occupation, especially when Palestine has retaliated. The question that lingers is, where were these voices during the years of unrelenting attacks on Palestine and the frequent tensions surrounding Al-Aqsa? The selective timing of their support raises questions about the motivations behind their extremist stance in amplifying the Israeli massacre of Palestinians.
It is essential to remember that the Palestinian people have endured a complex history marked by numerous challenges and injustices. True solidarity should extend beyond political circumstances and demand true justice and peace.
As we think about the challenges faced by innocent Palestinians, we must remember the importance of justice, as reflected in this profound truth: “And never think that Allah is unaware of what the wrongdoers do. He only delays them for a Day when eyes will stare [in horror]” 1.
- Qur’an 14:42 ↩︎