By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD.

How the War Dehumanized the Arab-Muslim World?

Dr. Mehboob A. Khawaja

The Arab-Muslim world is a world of disguised fantasy – no strength, no power to think intelligently,no policies to defend Islam, dubious spectators watching Western military actions-reactions to assign a finished answer to the Palestinian movement for national freedom. PM Netanyahu, a leader without any moral or intellectual lead utters egomaniac narratives calling ‘barbarians’ and his defense minister Gallant defined the people of Gaza “human animals”, and another extremist minister wanted to nuke Gaza – meanings to prodigious lies portraying   Israeli terror on Gaza. We have choices of righteousness and evil in life and accountability: “God is closer to you than your jugular vein.” Mankind watched insanity without limits for over five and a half months, the unabated bombing and civilian killings offer statistics of 32,000 people killed, some 14,000 children and 5,670 women crushed and according to the media some 12,000 or more children still buried under rubble as the record human casualties. The Israeli conduct of war crushing soul of human morality even bulldozed the Shabaan cemetery with freshly buried human corpses; bulldozed the maternity ward of AlNasser hospital and occupied Al-Shifa hospital fourth time with 800 killed; and today deliberate killing of the 7 aid workers of the World Clean Kitchen enroute to deliver foods to starving people. American military might and Israeli intransigence have surpassed the limits of human consciousness, reason, the Geneva Conventions and International Laws. Is this the signal of the coming of a New World Order?

Ironically, the UNO and its obligations of the Charter and the defunct global systems of civilized governance failed miserably to protect the life-saving mechanism of the people of Gaza. If the people of Palestine had white Anglo-Saxon ethnicity like the Ukrainians, the EU and American would have rushed to help the victims and bomb the aggressor. Even drinking water, medicines, foods, shelters and clean oxygen are not allowed by the Israeli occupation forces. What is next after another inexplicable shocking cataclysm in the making seen on the political horizon? International observers speak of catastrophic war on Gaza (Chris Hedges and Peter Koenig “The Horror, The Horror” in Gaza. Chris Hedges. What Is the UN Good for? Where Is the Human Rights Commission When It Is Needed? Global Research: 11/13/2023): as “…. The Horror is of blood and shredded children. The Horror is of thousands and thousands – tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands — dead bodies disintegrating in the rubbles of indiscriminately IDF-bombed hospitals, apartment buildings, mosques – you name it.”

Jewish Laws Forbid Killing of Innocent People and Warmongering

For centuries, Muslims offered protection, equality, respect to Judaism, peace and coexistence to Jews when the Europeans dehumanized and subjected them to the Holocaust. The Jews for Peace and Jews against Zionism do not identify their identity with the State of Israel or the East European led systems of secular political governance. PM Netanyahu and his Ultra-Nationalists claim ‘Jewish State’. One wonders if a Jewish State could exist without Jewish laws just like the Israeli democracy without a Constitution of democracy proclaiming equality of all the citizens. The Torah prohibits killing of other human beings: One of the Mosaic commandments prohibits murder (Exodus 20:13). Why is murder wrong, other than its obvious conflict with love of neighbor (Leviticus 19:17-18, 33-34)? Essentially because people are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6)……Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. The Torah portrays murder as a capital crime and describes a number of details in the moral understanding and legal implementation of consequences. And killing of innocent people is prohibited in the Ten Commandments (Torah):

‘Thou shalt not kill’ (Exod. 20:13; also Deut. 5:17). Thou shalt not kill (LXX, KJV; Ancient Greek: Οὐ φονεύσεις, romanizedOu phoneúseis), You shall not murder (NIV, Biblical Hebrew: לֹא תִּרְצָח, Romanized: Lo tirṣaḥ) or Do not murder (CSB), is a moral imperative included as one of the Ten Commandments in the TorahJewish law views the shedding of innocent blood very seriously, and lists murder as one of three sins (along with idolatry and sexual immorality), that fall under the category of yehareg ve’al ya’avor – meaning “One should let himself be killed rather than violate it. “According to Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague: ‘Jewish law forbids the killing of innocent people, even in the course of a legitimate military engagement. 

Rejecting cynicism and recapturing truth and rationality, if PM Netanyahu claims a “Jewish State” but defies the Divine injunctions of Ten Commandments, his actions violate the meanings of the Jewish Scripture. The US and West European leaders follow racial and ethnic cliches to their mindset and preferences; they do not view Palestinians and Arabs as equal human beings. Perhaps the cataclysmic nature of human intellect is unleashing a highly irrational and unthinkable world of complexity to come to our consciousness destroying all progress and achievements of any human civilization on this planet. America and Israel deny the expulsion of 2.5 million people of Gaza as a crime of “ethnic cleansing”, or forcible extermination or a policy of ‘apartheid’ and any violations of Humanitarian International Law applicable to the War on Gaza. The facts on the ground await unveiling of truth telling otherwise.

If Earth is not Protected- Where else Mankind Will Go?

Earth is a living entity and a “trust” to humankind for its existence, sustenance, survival, progress and future-making and it is not the property of America, Israel or European colonists but belongs to all mankind living on its premise. “Fear God” and ‘do not violate the covenants of peace and trust on earth’, remind the teachings of the Bible, Torah and Quran to all mankind, otherwise God’s punishment to the transgressor will be severe. This trust is explicitly mentioned (the Quran,33: 72): “We did indeed offer the Trust to the Heavens and the Earth; And the mountains but they refused; To undertake it, being afraid thereof: But man undertook it; He was indeed unjust and foolish.”  When egoistic transgressors challenge the sanctity and limits of the Laws of God; historically speaking they become an object of unthinkable natural calamities- earthquakes, wildfires, floods, deaths and destruction: (64: 40: The Quran): It is God, Who has made for you the Earth as a resting place and the sky as a canopy;  And has given you shape and made your shapes beautiful, and has provided for your sustenance, Of things pure and good; Such is God your Lord. So, Glory to God, the Lord of the Worlds.      

Arab-Muslim Leader’s Complicity in Making the War on Gaza

Once a people or nations are colonized by European imperialism, they remain colonized forever.The Arab Middle East is no exception being a highly authoritarian landscape, militarized and destabilized by the US-Israeli strategic plans. The colonial divides signify the national identities carved up by European imperialism against the unity of Islam. Are we witnessing an irrational world of political coercion and manipulation? The US entices Egypt with a 10B interest free loan (the US media reports), if it takes the Gaza refugees to Sinai. Israel plans to populate Gaza with settlers – another scheme of illegal occupation and would ask the Arab friendly leaders (Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan), to contribute forces to manage Gaza under Israeli command. What a shame if the Arab leaders would consider such an insane framework with Israel and America? For a long, Arab leaders breathe oxygen in moral and intellectual decadence and a delusional oil-run economic prosperity. They have no sense of time and history and capacity to defend the interest of Islam as the Israeli Ultra-Nationalists plan to dismantle the 3rd holiest site Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Please see: “Al-Aqsa Mosque Waiting for the Arab Leaders.”

The American and Israeli crusade against Gaza unfolds a prelude to the conquest of the Arab -Muslim world – the Zionist vision of ‘Greater Israel’, to expel the native people and make settlers the new citizens of Israel. According to John Perkins (Confession of an Economic Hitman, 2006): ‘milk the cow until sunset.’ The PLO is already an obsolete entity- a subsidiary of Israel. The Arab League and OIC are just a myth as the Arab world has no public institutions of critical thinking, no armies, no Generals and no intelligent leaders to defend the cause of Islam or the freedom of Palestine. Please see: “How Did Arab Leaders Betrayed Islam and Defied the Logic of Political Change, Peace and Security”,  Uncommon Thought Journal: 10/7/2023.

We, the People, We the Humanity Seek an End to War and Call for Peace and Co-existence

Israeli warfare and American intransigence would deny blind terror, religious awe, forcible displacement and killings of people across Gaza. They see no evil, no crimes against humanity and no genocide – just a military action against “Hamas terrorists.” Are We, the People not witnessing a cataclysmic bloodbath being unleashed by continuous aerial bombardments and destruction of lives and habitats across Gaza? Lacking vision, morality and humanitarian integrity, the US and West European leaders (the UK, Germany, France) confer with Israeli planned displacement of Palestinians to other parts of the world. Animals live simply and cannot challenge tyranny, lies and deception but We, the People of Conscience reject the violent assumptions of militarization and egoistic triumphs by acts of genocidal plans in Gaza. Peter Koenig (“Israel’s Killing Fields. Albert Einstein ‘s Foresight? “Global Research: 11/12/2023), elaborates how Albert Einstein viewed the emerging conflict in his foresight: Did Einstein foresee, or sense, Palestine becoming Israel’s killing fields, from 1948 forward, to explode in a worldwide tolerated, even supported, and encouraged democide / genocide, just three-quarters of a century after the birth of Israel? Does Netanyahu, his entourage – and the West – realize that the 75 years of Apartheid, of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and of wiping the Gaza Strip and eventually all the Palestinian land off the map is comparable to, or worse than the “Holocaust”?

[Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja specializes in international affairs-global security, peace and conflict resolution and has spent several academic years across the Russian-Ukrainian and Central Asian regions knowing the people, diverse cultures of thinking and political governance and a keen interest in Islamic-Western comparative cultures and civilizations, and author of several publications including the latest: One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution. 12/2019. He is a regularly writes for Tribune International, Australia]


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