UN must take due notice

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INNOCENT and unarmed Palestinians facing the worst form of terrorism and violence are looking towards the international community whether it comes to their rescue or still out of expediency stands by the oppressor.

After storming and desecrating Al-Aqsa mosque where hundreds of Palestinians were injured, the Israeli military has now started airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. It is the most intense airstrikes in Gaza since the bombardment in 2014.

According to health authorities, at least thirty five Palestinians including ten children have so far been killed in these strikes.

The question is as to what kind of Israeli violence will shake and awake the conscience of the international community.

UN Ambassadors from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has sought a special session of the UN General Assembly on the use of brutal force by the Israeli forces against Palestinians and also formed a core committee including Pakistan, to take the lead in this regard.

Indeed the situation is alarming and warrants that the UN takes immediate notice of it.

The UNGA special session as demanded by the OIC should not only discuss the situation but also come up with a concrete plan to ensure protection of the unarmed Palestinians whilst holding Israel accountable for its crimes.

It is really unfortunate the US calls itself the flag bearer of the human rights but its conduct has been quite contrary to it. The US’s unwavering support to Israel at different platforms has rather emboldened the Jewish State to go ahead with the persecution of Palestinians.

The US funnels $3.8 billion in military aid to Israel annually and provides diplomatic and political cover to the Israeli government in international arenas such as the United Nations. It will not be wrong to say that Washington is also involved in the Israeli crimes.

Anyway, it is time that the major capitals fulfil their responsibility to de-escalate the situation and then force the Israeli government to create an enabling environment for dialogue with the Palestinians to find a solution of this decades’ long conflict.

There is need to move forward on the two-state solution, and the Muslim countries should stand in complete solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters until they get a homeland where they could live in peace.