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Attack on UN Compound Decried by Khalida
February 2, 2009, 10:21 am
Filed under: February Volume I- 2009, World | Tags: ,

By Abu Rashid

Islamic Post Staff Writer

The media networks have recently been saturated with graphic accounts of the atrocities perpetrated by Israeli aggressors against thousands of defenceless civilians in Palestine. It would seem the Zionists have been given a license to destroy any entity they deem a threat to their ideology, without regard for civilian lives.  A glaring example occurred when Israel bombed the U.N. headquarters in Gaza. Shortly after, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning the Israeli offensive wholeheartedly and demanding a return to the 1967 borders.
Israel initially claimed Hamas terrorists were hiding within the U.N. compound shooting rockets, but later claimed the bombing was in error. Only U.N. staff and Palestinian civilians seeking refuge in the compound were present there.
The bombing of the compound was investigated and reported as unprovoked.  Reuter’s bureau chief for the Israeli and Palestinian territories, Allistair MacDonald, stated that no-one from the UNRWA fired upon Israeli soldiers, despite Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert’s initial claim that Hamas troops fired from within the compound. “Nonsense!” was the response from a U.N. official on hearing Olmert’s claim.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency says a process of accountability must take place to achieve justice for all the overwhelming death and destruction that has occurred as a consequence of the military incursion into Gaza. UNRWA says the process must be credible and must address the legitimate allegations of both the Israelis and Palestinians.
However, the assault in Palestine did not begin with the recent invasion of Palestine.  Modern historical accounts, diagramming the rise of Israel, detail the tactics of the Zionist pioneers who would expedite their plan by exterminating innocent indigenous Muslims and Christians, pillaging their villages as they exiled them from their own land. In the case of Gaza, they corralled a grossly oppressed people for months, depriving them of the simplest of needs and then while imprisoned with no means of escape, shelled them to the verge of extinction. While the Nazi campaign of cruelty will never be forgotten, these Gestapo tactics are denied to be war crimes.
Unfortunately, as UNRWA director of operations in Gaza, John Ging notes, after 18 months of blockade and devastation, there are more extremists now, at the end of the conflict, than there were at the start, as the Palestinians do not believe they will get justice; they do not believe the rule of law applies to them. He said the international community must prove them wrong; it is most important to have an independent, objective, and credible investigation, while condemning the Israeli violence in the strongest terms, and demanding that the perpetrators be punished.
Yet the question remains: Is this a struggle for the survival of two peoples or a struggle for the survival of Islam and Zionism?  Most often, the shouts, slogans, and banners in Gaza and throughout Palestine vocalize a resounding “There is no God but Allah and God is Great.” But for the acutely observant Muslim, there is a blatant absence of “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” This serious deletion is not a mistake; anyone who has researched the history of Al Islam knows beyond a doubt, that it was the fervor of unwavering belief in the Sovereignty of the Almighty Creator, coupled with devoted love for the Holy Last Messenger Muhammad (May Allah’s peace by upon him), and emulation of his noble character and example, in letter and spirit, that has always been the  ideological antidote  that neutralized the societal poisons of falsehood, oppression, religious hatred, and segregation.
-Islamic Post researchers contributed to this report.

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