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Palestine and the Arab regimes

Israel once again attacked Masjid al-Aqsa, the third holy shrine of Muslims. The mosque has been physically and spiritually ‘insulted’ since 1948 because of that holiness. Few mosques have been harassed by non-Muslim occupation forces for so long. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that Masjid al-Aqsa is wounded and even veteran.

The attack on Al-Aqsa started this time when the occupying forces entered with their shoes in the evening. They certainly enjoyed stepping on mosque’s carpets since they know very well that Masjid al-Aqsa is the symbol of Islam and Muslims. They want the mosque to be demolished so that they can integrate its place to their own temple. Unfortunately, after each attack on the Masjid al-Aqsa, a little more land is seized from the adjacent area. If it goes on like this, there will be no mosque called Masjid Al-Aqsa.


But before all, they want to take East Jerusalem. The occupation that started in Sheikh Jarrah district spread to other neighborhoods as well. Remember the video featuring that a radical Jew walks into a Palestinian’s home and says; “Give me this house. If you don’t give it to me, another Jew will get/usurp it”. It was an unforgettable snapshot showing that the Israelis did not give Palestinians the right to live.

Israel sees all Palestine as its territory. It regularly confiscates Palestinian homes and fields, leaving Palestinians homeless. In fact, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had bought the houses of some Palestinians in East Jerusalem and gave them to Israel in order to make Israel’s job easier previously. Undoubtedly, the silence of some Arab countries has given Israel this courage. If Palestine is under occupation, one reason is the carelessness of Arab dictators.

When Al-Aqsa Mosque was set on fire in 1969, then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said; “I could not sleep with fear until the morning that night. I thought that Muslims will enter Israel from all sides. However, when it was morning, my fear had gone. That’s when I realized that we can do whatever we want because the Muslim ummah is a sleeping ummah ”. Since that day, Israel has entered the Masjid al-Aqsa many times, seized the land it wanted, and unfortunately Muslims did not prevent it. Probably the Arab regimes see Palestine as a burden. That is why almost all first withdrew from the Palestinian question and then from the Arab-Israeli conflict. For example, Egypt has had good relations with Israel since 1979 and Jordan since 1994.

The UAE, on the other hand, has gone so far that it has officially made a peace agreement with Israel and forced some other Arab countries to follow its steps. It also named the peace treaty as the Abraham Accords even though it never fought Israel. The reason for calling the agreement as Abraham Accords is because prophet Abraham is the grandfather of both Arabs and Jews. But none of them questioned why Israel occupied their cousins’ lands despite this kinship. With the peace agreement, the UAE did not only sold the Palestinian cause but also encouraged Israel.

One can believe that Arab dictators will accuse Palestine of causing trouble despite Israel’s apparent crimes. Although they do not insult Palestinians openly, they do it often behind doors. Also, the Palestinian administration under Mahmud Abbas is no different from them. The Palestinian Authority excluded, expelled or punished Palestinians who rebelled against injustice. That is why people had to struggle with the administration rather than resisting Israel. Yet, some of them had to stop defending their rights in order not to lose their jobs and be jailed.

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This is the situation in Palestine. While all these happen, Israel continues the occupation and the Arab regimes are pretending as if nothing happened. Parts of the problem (regimes) will obviously not solve this problem. Let’s see who will find a permanent solution.

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İbrahim Karataş

İbrahim Karataş

İbrahim Karataş is a columnist at Yeni Akit, a daily newspaper based in Istanbul.