by Ray Hanania
This week, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)Â votedÂ to reverse its recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the State of Palestine.
Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who must approve the PLO decision, announced he would end security cooperation with Israel.
Both are justified actions considering Israelâs continued killing of civilians in theÂ besiegedÂ Gaza Strip, its continued confiscation of Palestinian lands for illegal settlement expansion and unilateral actions that make peace based on compromise and the two-state solution unattainable.
The problem is that Israel doesnât care. Why should it, when it seems to be leading the Arab world by their noses like cows herded to the slaughter?
As Palestinians continue to die in the âHoly Land,â Arab countries like Oman and members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) like Abu Dhabi and Dubai are courting the most repulsive officials from Israelâs government, such as Israeli âCultureâ Minister Miri Regev.
As Omanâs Sultan Sayyid Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said was lavishing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Bait Al-Barakah Royal Palace, showering him with praise and escorting him through a high-profile state visit, Palestinian civilians protesting Israelâs cruelty were being shot in the head by Israel snipers at the Gaza border.
Meanwhile Regev â one of the most racist Israeli officials â was beingÂ hailedÂ in Abu Dhabi. She was escorting the Israeli judo team at the âGrand Slam 2018â, during which Abu Dhabi will not onlyÂ playÂ the Israeli national anthem but will proudly wave the Israeli flag high above the Zayed Sports Facility. In exchange, Abu Dhabi will receive some American-made F-35 fighter jets, a deal executed with the help of Israeli government officials.
Regev, who has previously said Palestinians donât exist and often denies any government recognition of Palestinian heritage events inside Israel, once declared that Israeli soldiers should be able to shoot Palestinian civilians who physically resist Israeli soldiers. Regev was speaking aboutÂ Nabi SalehÂ where, in 2015, Israeli soldiers forced their way into a Palestinian home, destroyed its contents and brutally beat its occupants. This in turn gave rise to the incident in which Nabi SalehâsÂ Ahed TamimiÂ slapped an Israeli soldier and was subsequentlyÂ arrested. She wasÂ sentencedÂ to eight months in prison â just one month less than the sentenceÂ servedÂ by Israeli soldier Elor Azaria for shooting an injured Palestinian to death in Hebron.
Officials in many other Arab countries are also juggling rhetoric â defending Palestinian rights and Christian and Muslim holy sites like the Dome of the Rock, Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity â while also holding secret meetings with Israeli officials, conducting trade deals and quietly recognising Israel.
Just last week, Israeli soldiersÂ attackedÂ and arrested a Coptic priest at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The priest was among a group of Christian religious leaders angry that Israel refused to allow them to continue work to improve their church while, nearby, Israelis were excavating Jewish archaeological sites.
Meanwhile, both Egypt and Jordan continue to maintain relations with Israelâs government, a shameful symbol of how the Arab world continues to accept Israelâs unilateral actions to transform the Holy Land into a one-religion entity.
Even the significance of the Holy City of Jerusalem seems meaningless to the Arab World. Israel celebrated President TrumpâsÂ decisionÂ to recognise Jerusalem as Israelâs capital and move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with pride.
There was not even a whimper of protest.
Maybe the Palestinians should refocus themselves on the real enemy â the lazy apathy of the Arab world, which is responsible for the suffering and conflict that has consumed Palestine since World War I.
I understand how the Arab world has been humiliated by Israel over the years. It seems like almost yesterday when the Arabs boasted of how they would âdrive the Jews into the seaâ. Of course, we know that Israel now controls the sea and water resources in the Middle East, and if anyone is driving anyone anywhere, itâs not the Arabs. Israel continues to spread its racist wings tenaciously and with impunity.
Christians and Muslims are being pushed out of Jerusalem and Israeli settlers continue to build momentum for the day they transform Al-Haram Al-Sharif into a Jewish holy site, on the very spot where the Prophet Muhammad ascended the Miâraj (ladder) into Allahâs arms. This was a powerful moment that empowered a powerful religion â Islam â and now it is in jeopardy.
The Islamic and Arab worlds seem indifferent to Israelâs continued atrocities, its violations not only of the international Rule of Law but the laws of morality and all of the peace agreements previous Israeli administrations have signed. Israelâs âcreeping annexationâ policies seem to have been extended beyond the borders of historic Palestine to the entire Arab world.
You canât blame the Palestinians. They have been abandoned. You know how the Arab world is â it tires of long, difficult struggles. The fight for Palestinian independence has been ongoing for nearly 100 years. It is in disarray. The needs and suffering of Palestinians are sustained with just enough financial support and minimal rhetoric from the Arab world to keep a glimmer of false hope alive.
The Arab world is tired. Why doesnât it just totally surrender everything now? Why wait for the day when the entire Arab world will be renamed the âLand of Israel,â where Arabs can be patted on the head and tossed treats like the pets they soon will become?
~Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine
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