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EDITORIAL: Qatar’s ruler was right to call the international community’s response to Israeli aggression in Gaza “shameful” as the IDF snaked its way into the south of the Gaza Strip to resume its hunt for Hamas. Speaking at the opening of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) meeting in Doha, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani blamed the world’s most powerful countries for allowing “this heinous crime to continue for two months, during which the systemic and deliberate killing of innocent civilians continues, including women and children”.

With the death toll crossing the 16,000 mark, and Israel opening a fresh front in the south, there is not enough space in the strip to keep civilians protected. Indeed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called this “humanity’s darkest hour” because the number of people on the move from central and southern Gaza was “vastly increasing”. That means that even when they are supposedly fleeing the fighting they are still marching to their deaths because there is no way to keep them safe or protected.

“The situation is getting worse by the hour. There is intensified bombing going on all around, including here in the southern areas,” said its man on the ground. And already, in addition to the direct deaths and injuries from bombs and bullets, there are also thousands of cases of respiratory infections, diarrhoea, chicken pox, jaundice, meningitis, etc.

Separately, UNICEF has also come down hard on Israel because, contrary to the occupying power’s claims, the offensive has made it impossible to create any safe zones. “They are entirely, entirely absent. You cannot overstate this. These are tiny patches of barren land, or they are street corners, they are sidewalks,” said UNICEF’s spokesman, highlighting the cruelty of the invasion and how Israel is lying about protecting civilians.

This is, without a doubt, calculated collective punishment inflicted on the entire population of Gaza for voting Hamas into power all those years ago and standing behind its vision of ridding all areas of all occupying forces. And things are clearly going to get much worse. The bombing is going to continue, and it will get worse if IDF starts suffering on-ground casualties. Therefore, in addition to burying their dead, surviving Palestinians will remain exposed to the trauma of a shelterless existence for a while to come.

Their homes have been destroyed, markets razed to the ground, and now they must live in an even worse open-air concentration camp than before. Disease is widespread with very little humanitarian and medical supplies allowed in by the Israeli army. And in the few places that are considered somewhat safe, sanitary conditions are so poor that there is about one toilet for 500, sometimes 1,000, people.

There’s no doubt that the international community must, as the Qatari emir said, take responsibility for this grave miscarriage of justice. The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has made a rare move to formally warn the Security Council of a global threat from Gaza war by invoking article 99 of the UN Charter.

Shouldn’t the Muslim countries also do a little bit of soul searching? Are they really so limp and powerless that they can do no more than chant slogans and wave their fists in the air, even with blatant genocide on naked display?

Perhaps if they, for once, gathered the courage to take a firm stand, the international community they are so upset with, would also take more serious notice.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Khalid Khan Dec 09, 2023 09:16am
Not one has even withdrawn their Ambassadors from the countries behind this genocide. This is the depth to which they have sunk.
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S Sultan SatarSha Syed Dec 09, 2023 09:22am
I asked to Israel with details, I know sir to late Mrke Zuckerberg we can express views Crown Qater Doha Sir
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werwer Dec 09, 2023 09:40am
Per Pakistanis, Israel is committing genocide. If true, then the USA, which fully backs it, is equally culpable. Yet, any day, any Pakistani, even the ones calling for a boycott of this and boycott that, would gladly ditch Pak and move overseas to serve the USA and its citizens.
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TimetoMoVVeOn Dec 09, 2023 09:55am
Why was it not the darkest hour of humanity when you guys plundered Bangladesh, recall operation search light? and red letter day? Why was it not the darkest hour of humanity when China screwed the uighers? Why was it not the darkest hour of humanity when KSA massacred Yemenis? Why was it not the darkest hour of humanity when Russians invaded Ukraine? Why only this? Your Selective outrage is laughable and comic.
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Maana Dec 09, 2023 10:10am
@TimetoMoVVeOn , I pray that Israeli may soon come under ruler like hitler
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Under Khan's kilt Dec 09, 2023 01:03pm
Fellow Pakistanis, we should use tik tok more. Stop using Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp etc we should request Chinese for Chinese versions of the above apps.
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ImranTHEdevil Dec 09, 2023 01:09pm
Unless people forget, Imran had sent secret emissaries to have relationship with Israel. Wonder what gifts he received from Israelis.
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Aethist & Leftist Dec 09, 2023 01:14pm
@Under Khan spoke like a true Pakistani. BTW how many of us know Chinese.
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KU Dec 09, 2023 03:35pm
More like Ummah's Darkest Hour, yet we remain as disunited as ever. On parallel, Muslim countries non-cooperation on economic development is another dangerous precedent leading to subjugation to the west. One can only hope for the Ummah to be strong so that the world takes it seriously.
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TimetoMoVVeOn Dec 09, 2023 06:23pm
@Maana , You keep praying, Israel, West and India, keeps progressing, and you keep staying where you are.
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TimetoMoVVeOn Dec 09, 2023 06:24pm
@Aethist & Leftist , Pakistani people and their selective outrage. @Under Khan will be first one to show up in USA if given job to serve americans
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Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib Dec 09, 2023 11:45pm
Humanity's darkest hour did not start with Hamas' "surprise" attack but it started with the creation of the illegitimate Zionist state of Israel itself. With each passing day it only proves its bastardized credentials !
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Usman Dec 11, 2023 09:28am
@TimetoMoVVeOn , OBVIOUSLY because the level of cruelty of Israel is unmatched with your quoted instances. Number of civilian deaths of Ghazza dont compare with Uighurs, Yemenis and Ukrainians. Stop defending Genocide or I guess you get paid for this.
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ihsan Dec 11, 2023 03:35pm
@TimetoMoVVeOn , thier progression is the main reason that the world is scorching. What kind of progress is this when they contributed the most in waging wars, climate change and poverty??
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TimetoMoVVeOn Dec 11, 2023 09:16pm
@Usman, Number of civilian deaths of Ghazza dont compare with Uighurs, Yemenis and Ukrainians. Go read the news. 400000 yep four hundred thousand have died directly or indirectly in yeman and there is no coverage in the Muslim world. KSA direct strikes alone killed 20,000. Yes 20K, So does the number of civilian deaths in Gaza now compare to Yeman. Before you open your mouth next time, read the news first.
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Hujjathullah M.H.Babu Sahib Dec 14, 2023 10:16pm
@TimetoMoVVeOn , The round figures you cite from MSM itself is cooked up and stands in need of verification by independent sources.
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