By: Zahra Emamzadeh

Forgotten Land

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TEHRAN, Mar. 28 (MNA) – Although holding conferences and delivering speeches are worthwhile, what is the practical outcome of such events for Palestine and the Palestinians?

Isn’t it the time for Muslim states to find some way to their failure in dealing with the Israeli regime’s occupation of Palestinians lands? Apparently the issue of Palestine as the most significant matter of the day in Islamic world seems to be totally forgotten.

The 6th international conference on Palestine was held in Tehran, Iran, to support the Palestinian intifada (the first intifada took place between 1987 and 1993, and the second one in the 2000s and today we witness the third intifada against Israel), with more than eighty delegations from all around the world on 21st and 22nd of February, 2017. As Press TV reporter pointed out around 700 foreign guests and representatives of the pro-Palestinian organizations were slated to take part in the event. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the conference, where high-ranking Iranian officials also took part, including President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and some other politicians. Kazem Jalali was also the conference’s spokesman.

The Islamic Republic of Iran held the conference to remind the Muslim states the priority of the Palestine, as the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani deemed the issue of Palestine as a priority for Iran, and he also pointed out that “it is the duty of the Islamic world to defend the rights of the Palestinians and pay for this.”

Today the world’s news media often talks about Palestinian refugees as a major concern for Palestinians; what has been forgotten is the most significant issue of returning the land of Palestine to its real owners; along with their homes and their life. The countries which provided the Israeli regime with green light and with whatever it needed to attack the Palestinians are talking to help to the refugees today… what an irony!

The very same countries that are supporting occupiers for their settlements are talking about democracy and human rights; what is it Israel is doing in Palestinian land if it isn’t violation of human rights? Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani truly pointed to human rights in Palestine; “today, the Zionist regime of Israel has increased exerting pressure against the Palestinians in a way that it has expanded settlements in West Bank and Quds contrary to human rights.”

The Muslim world needs to call the Muslims weekly and daily and even every moment just to remind them not to forget the holy land of Palestine. The mere awareness of Palestinian refugees is not enough: Palestinians need to take their lands back.

Eight years ago when Obama took US presidency, in his speeches, he constantly opposed Israeli settlements, but what happened? Today with the new US president in office, what is going to happen with his radical and racist positions? Muslims should not remain silent and must take real actions.

Few months ago, “A-monitor” published an article entitled “have Arab leaders forgotten about Palestine?” stating that, “in the Palestinian leadership, there is a deep sense of frustration with the Arab states' current attitude toward their cause and the current diplomatic stalemate”.

Did all of their attempt fail? The Arab states' leadership senses that the occupation by the Israel army is only deepening, as is the daily humiliation of their people. The expansion of settlements is constant and systematic, in order to prevent Palestinian statehood. Palestinians are killed on a daily basis by soldiers and settlers; and yet the leaders of the Arab governments are only paying lip service to the Palestinian statehood aspirations. A year ago the Hindustan times, an Indian website, had reported that, for the first time and since the creation of Israel in 1948, Israel is sitting pretty. For all practical purposes it has been let off the hook by once-hostile Arab governments who are now busy fending off internal turmoil or feuding with their fellow Muslim neighbors. The Palestinian issue is well and truly forgotten and several Arab nations are quietly cozying up to their Zionist archenemy.

The conflict between two most powerful countries in the Middle East, namely, Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been in sheer advantage of Israeli regime.

It has to be kept in mind that no resolution has been realized about Israel without the participation of the American president. From Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton and to Barack Obama, whatever little steps were taken by Israelis in reaching to settlements could not have been achieved without direct US involvement at the highest level. What America is doing in Palestinian land is defiantly violating the human rights!

Zahra Emamzadeh has done her MA in North American Studies in Tehran University and is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies. 

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