The Palestinian Crisis  and its Solution

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The Palestinian Crisis and its Solution

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Karnataka Federation of organizations and Religious heads met recently in Bangalore to discuss the ongoing Palestine Crises and its Solutions.

Palestine is engulfed by the flames of a devastating war yet again. The relentless bombing of a narrow strip of land, home to about 2.3 million impoverished people who were already living in conditions like an open jail has resulted in unprecedented loss of life, limband property. Within a week Gaza was pummelled with ammunition equivalent to what was dropped by NATO on Afghanistan in a whole year. As a result, nearly half of Gaza strip has been reduced to rubble, 6000 people including 2800 children and scores of women have been martyred and nearly 16000 people are injured. 31 mosques, 4 churches, several schools and hospitals have been targeted.

Added to this is the total blockade of food, water, fuel, electricity and medicines, which has shamed humanity on this brazen collective punishment. The whole world is witnessing never seen before angry huge protests on this barbarity and savagery by Israel. The root cause of this problem is the occupation of Palestine by Israel 75 years ago. The original inhabitants, Palestinian Arabs, who lived there for more than 2500 years have been continuously oppressed and evicted from their homeland. Israel has practiced a policy of expansion, violent evictions, settlements, apartheid, racism, and genocide ever since. The holy Shrine, Al-Quds, in Jerusalem has been defiled now and then. Israel aims to pursue its objective of greater Israel by annexing Palestinian territory and lands from adjacent countries in open contravention to International law, justice and UN Resolutions.

Hence the real problem is occupation and not resistance. There is a need for the international community especially the Muslim countries to come together and create sustained pressure to put an end to this injustice and oppression. Immediate Ceasefire, lifting of siege, providing humanitarian relief and restoring basic amenities, protection to civilians, respect for International law, negotiations should happen without delay. The establishment of Independent Palestinian state and putting an end to the injustice and aggression is the only way for a lasting peace. India has followed a long-term policy of supporting the Palestinian cause and upholding human rights. Our country should play the role of mediator in finding a lasting solution to this issue in accordance with UN resolutions and International Law. The dispatch of relief consignments to the grief stricken victims in Gaza is a welcome step. To stand up and support the victims and oppose the oppressor is a fundamental democratic right of citizens which must be protected a heeded. Addressed by: Dr. Belgami Mohammed Saad, President JIH Karnataka Advocate B T Venkatesh, REACH Lawyers, Moulana Maqsood Imran Rashadi, Imam City Jamia Masjid Moulana Iftekhar Qasmi, President Jamiatul Ulama Karnataka Mr. Akbar Ali, Mass Medi.