Margaret Atwood, one of the most prominent poets, essayist, author and critic of modern times penned this touching piece for the left wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Margaret postulates the most glaring injustices of modern times; Palestinians have been ejected and displaced from their own homes. They have been made homeless in their own ancestral lands. Israel, in its paranoia to keep itself established, has increasingly dehumanized and mistreated the already hapless Palestinians. In order to ensure its survival at any cost, Israel is dehumanizing the people who have lived on the land for centuries that constitute modern day Israel. For Israel to exist, an independent Palestine must exist. Otherwise Israeli paranoia will likely consume itself.
There are signs that world opinion is shifting against the state of Israel. Even many thoughtful Jews are aghast at the heavy handed attitude that Israel has demonstrated by collectively debasing Palestinians and Arabs to a sub-human level. We say enough of the blockade of Gaza; this blockade is killing children and leaving a beleaguered community nothing to hope or live for. Israel must stop the humanitarian crisis that is in play at Gaza for the last few years.
As Margaret puts it eloquently: “Child-killing in Gaza? Killing aid-bringers on ships in international waters? Civilians malnourished thanks to the blockade? Forbidding writing paper? Forbidding pizza? How petty and vindictive! Is pizza is a tool of terrorists? Would most Canadians agree? And am I a tool of terrorists for saying this? I think not”.
Until Palestine has its own ‘legitimized’ state within its internationally recognized borders, the Shadow will remain.
By Margaret Atwood
Published on June 02, 2010
The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage,
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,
Asif Salahuddin has sent this exclusive contribution for the Pak Tea House. The views expressed here are those of the author’s and we welcome debate on this argument. RR
‘Khilafah is the only solution for Pakistan’
Pakistan today finds itself very much at the centre of the world’s headlines, unfortunately though for almost entirely the wrong reasons. Just in the last few weeks alone we have witnessed an unprecedented level of turmoil in the country – the outrageous attacks on the police academy outside Lahore and on the Sri Lankan cricket team inside the city, the political theatrics of rule in Punjab, the Long March episode followed by the subsequent reappointment of the Chief Justice and the continued violation of sovereignty and killings via US drone attacks – indeed Pakistan as a nation is in grave turmoil.
Militarily the country is at war in the tribal areas. This is firstly due to the direct assaults by the US/NATO forces based in Afghanistan, which have manifested themselves in the form of missile strikes / drone attacks, cross border raids etc. Secondly, the US is utilising the Pakistan armed forces themselves to further this assault. Here the full brunt of the Pakistan military has been hurled at the tribal people in order to quell them but without decisive results. Over a thousand Pakistani soldiers have died fighting this American war against their own brethren. Further, after sustained assaults by Pakistani troops and heavy shelling by Pakistani tanks and artillery, many thousands of tribal civilians have perished and over 700,000 have been displaced. Probably topping the roll of shame is the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) actions against its own people. Whilst the Gazan Muslims were being haplessly bombed by the Israeli air force in front of a horrified world stage earlier this year, the PAF have been busy doing the same against their own people, killing hundreds. The only difference being the complete media blackout in Pakistan, designed to hide from the public the rampant bloodshed being inflicted on the tribal people. Continue reading
By Usman Rana
Hatred for Israel is prevalent throughout the Muslim world,and after the 22 day Gaza offensive the anti-semitic feelings are high,for alot of people believe that Israel is a strictly Jewish country.But Muslim hatred for Jews and Zionists,is a result of the unjust use of Israeli power against Palestine,something which the Gaza offensive has clearly demonstrated.President of the General Assembly, Miquel d’Escoto Brockmann, accused Israel of violating international law.According to him”it has been turned into a burning hell.” The UN’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Professor Richard Falk, characterized the Israel offensive as containing “severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law.” Its a shame that a little condemnation came in the way of Israel.I dont see any difference between the Taleban and the Israeli officials.Only that latter is supported and protected by West.As usual Israel is has unsuccessfully tried to decieve public by claiming that it meant no harm to the general civilian public,but it had to take on the Gaza offensive for the security of Israel’s security concerns were at hand.But its not only the Gaza offensive which the humanitarians and Muslims loathe about Israel.For six decades Pete knows how many lives have been slain at the hands of Israelis. Continue reading
Sometimes truth and compromise cannot be accommodated within a single sentence no matter how hard one tries. In US there is a syndrome known as celebrity journalism (courtesy Ann coulter and Thomas L friedman ), Journalistic showbiz personalities always looking for media spot for right or wrong reasons, this problem is slowly but surely creeping into UK.
In celebrity journalist clan top priority is the pay cheques and bank balances, but this makes the truth and the professional integrity a lesser priority. People like “world is flat” (china India slave sweat shop theory) bandwagon, knowledge gurus (Mr. Copra selling spirituality in a disposable bottle), champions of selling successful business model of WTO free market neo liberalism to people of Africa and India. This model of free market capitalism led to sub prime consumerism into an end product which is hegemonic imperialism. Continue reading
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By Yasser Latif Hamdani
The recent events in the Middle East in all that I hold dear about the western civilization. It seems that the fine ideals that we have come to associate with the west ie justice, fair play and equality before law are still a long way away from maturity and realization.
Today on Ashur, the day on which Muslims around the world commemorate the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (AS) on the battlefield of Karbala, spare a thouight for the hapless Palestinians caught up in a conflict imposed on them and the world that has refused to take note of their plight. We do not condone the actions of Hamas but there is no justification for what Israel is doing now and against non-combatants no less. Continue reading