Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’

This particular issue bugs me, therefore, I dare to write on it. There is a glaring difference between uproar in Muslim countries, when it comes to Gaza & Darfur. Both are tragedies of gigantic propotions, but the relative mum-ness of Muslims over Darfur makes me write this. I was talking to a few friends, over Gaza and Kashmir and then I inquired about Darfur and no one even knew what Darfur is! Imagine the level of ignorance over a big tragedy that unfolded infront of our very eyes, some prefer to close eyes and pretend it never happened – I would not.

And to be honest with you, I am also guilty of this hypocritical behaviour – Because I have raised my voice for Gaza and worked for the relief of Gazans but I never spoke on Darfur in any public/private forum.

If Darfur genocide was being carried out by “infidels”, “jews” and non-muslims, had we seen a stronger (much-deserved) response from Muslim countries? YES. Because figures point out that Darfur is a tragedy of greater propotions with Coalition for International Justice, claiming that over 400,000 people have been killed.

Gaza killed nearly 2,000 so far and we have seen a staunch response from Muslim ‘brethen’ all over the world. The igniting factor with Gaza is that “Jews” are to be blamed and in Darfur, Muslims from different ethnic backgrounds were the culprits.  The Darfur conflict, clash between Arab and African Muslims, took lives of hundreds of thousands of human beings was ignored by Muslims all over the world.

As Ali A. Rizvi writes:

In a part of the world not far from the Middle East, there is a war-ravaged country whose government is supporting a brutal military offensive against a population of Muslims living on territory under its control.

According to UN estimates, 300,000 people have died in the conflict so far; the Coalition for International Justice put this number at almost 400,000 – and that was in 2005.

The United States has officially termed it a “genocide”.

In July 2008, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan – who has funded and supported the Janjaweed militia that has carried out the murder and systematic rape of non-Arab African Muslims in Darfur – charging him with war crimes, genocide, murder, and crimes against humanity.

For five years, the Arab League was functionally silent.

But last year, they finally spoke out – against the head of the ICC’s prosecutorial team against al-Bashir, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, slamming him for having an “unbalanced stance”.

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), made up of 57 Islamic countries, issued a statement declaring its solidarity with al-Bashir, calling the indictment “unwarranted and unacceptable”.

Less than a year later, at the Arab Summit held in Kuwait City January 19, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria called on other Arab countries to brand Israel a “terrorist state”. Millions of Muslims worldwide voiced their outrage against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Massive protests were organized in most major cities across the world. Real-time casualty counts were posted on Facebook statuses. I was asked to sign more petitions in support of Gaza in three weeks than I have for Darfur in five years.

Where are the large-scale protests and outrage from the Muslim community over the senseless deaths and rape of hundreds of thousands of poverty-ridden African Muslims?

Why is there such a glaring discrepancy between the Muslim world’s response to the atrocities in Gaza and the atrocities in Darfur?

If the Darfur genocide was being carried out by Jews or Christians instead of Arab Muslims, would we see a different response?

So, its easy to draw conclusions here – If people go missing and USA is to be blamed, we shall teem the streets calling her the daughter of Pakistan and if hundreds of others are still missing, and were taken by our own, we shall remain quiet. (Read: Dr Afia and The Satan Within)  If non-Muslims are doing injustice, we shall bring havoc and beat the Mcdonalds wala baba but we wont speak up, if Muslims are doing injustice — even of greater propotions.

To me, true voice for justice is for all – true protest against injustice starts from our homes. Injustice anywhere, is injustice everywhere


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