By Afshain Afzal
Under the tremendous pressure of international isolation, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today's 5th November 2023, visit to Turkey is significant. A day earlier, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced, “Gaza must be part of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital once the Israel-Hamas war is over, and Ankara will not support any plans gradually erasing Palestinians from history”. Turkey has already announced that Ankara does not view Hamas as a terrorist organization and recalled its Ambassador to Israel, Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, for consultations, after Israel recalled its envoys to Turkey last month on recognizing Hamas as freedom fighters, as well as due to Israeli bombing on Gaza. If we recall, Saudi Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman visited Washington and held a meeting with US Secretary of State and discussed ways to end Israeli aggression against unarmed Palestinians. Saudi Arabia did not agree to the plans of replacing Hamas’s control over Gaza. The movement of Turkish Naval Fleet in the Mediterranean and consultations with other nations is quite alarming for the Westerners.
Israeli leadership including the Prime Minister and Defence Minister issued statements including, "We will wipe this thing called Hamas off the face of the earth”, “Any place Hamas deploys, in this evil city, all the places Hamas is hiding, operating, we will turn it into a ruin”. There is on-ground evidence of the same in Gaza where thousands of orthodox Muslim men, women, and children have been targeted as part of genocide. One wonders why world is silent spectators.
Today, US, Israel, Britain, France, and other allies, party to Israel's war crimes and planned genocide of Palestinian Orthodox Muslims are facing their trials of conscience. A number of countries have withdrawn their Ambassadors from Israel, some of them expelled Israeli Ambassadors from their countries while others are planning to do the same. Some of the countries that withdrew their Ambassadors include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Bahrain, Oman, Libya, Pakistan (which already has no diplomatic relations with Israel), Afghanistan, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and El Salvador, South Africa, Iraq etc.
The “Abu Righal”, a legendary traitor in pre-Islamic legend of the Muslim world must stir their consciences. The same message is for God-fearing Davidians, Jews, and Christians, the followers of Divine religions that they must follow their religion in true letter and spirit; the Justice system commanded by their Prophets. Indeed, it is a test case to open the eyes of peace-loving people of our world to get UNO and International Human Rights organizations as well as media free from the evil perpetrators of war crimes and genocide.