After more than 3 months of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, the interest of writers and intellectuals around the world is rising in an unprecedented manner in the Palestinian issue.
Writers spoke to Al Jazeera Net about their opinions regarding what is happening in Gaza, where they condemned the continuation of the brutal Israeli campaign against Gaza strip In light of Arab silence and international complicity, describing what is happening as “genocide” carried out by the Israeli occupation against civilians.
“Palestine is for the Palestinians as England is for the English”
Indian Professor Abdul Ghafoor Al-Hadawi Konatudi, a professor in the Department of Arabic Language at the Government University College of Kerala University in India, describes the news and scenes coming from the land of Gaza as “terrifying and disturbing to those who believe in humanity.”
Al-Hadawi pointed out that what is surprising in this context is the silence of international organizations and countries towards Israel’s continued violations of international laws in the occupied Palestinian territories. And about Operation Al-Aqsa FloodAl-Hadawi said, “The attacks launched by the Islamic Resistance Movement were not agitation on Israel It was surprising, as the media described it, and was an expected reaction to what the Palestinian people have been suffering from the Israeli attacks on their lands for many decades.”
Regarding the international position on the crimes of the Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip, Professor Al-Hindi believes that “the attempts of world powers to sanctify the Israeli occupation and justify its attacks on the Palestinian people continue, while distorting the image of the resistance of the Palestinians seeking to obtain their rights on their lands, and placing them in the subject of condemnation and denunciation.”
Abdul Ghafour Al-Hadawi spoke to Al-Jazeera Net about India's support for the Palestinian cause, saying, “Inherent in India's history is its continued support for the cause of Palestine and its people, as the heartbeat of a wide segment of the Indian masses expresses deep solidarity with the Palestinians.”
He recalled that India's spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, was sincerely conveying his solidarity with the Palestinian people, declaring in simple wisdom, “Palestine is to the Palestinians as England is to the English.”
Regarding the Indian popular and official position on the Gaza events, Professor Abdul Ghafoor Al-Hadawi says, “In the current circumstances, and despite the Indian Prime Minister’s statements that lean towards Israel, most of the Indian people remain in their position of supporting the Palestinians and praying for them to achieve security and peace on their lands.”
An ongoing Nakba
Syrian writer Abdul Rahman Matar, who lives in Canada, says, “Since its founding, through the Nakba of 1967, Israel has today attempted mass displacement in the Gaza Strip, taking place amid comprehensive destruction of the infrastructure of local Palestinian communities, making it impossible to live under conditions that do not help the Palestinian person to live.” “.
He stresses that these “arbitrary measures will not achieve their goals because the Palestinian citizen, despite these harsh conditions, still clings to his land.” He explained in his interview with Al Jazeera Net, “Every time the Palestinian Phoenix rises from under the ashes of fires, and from under the houses that the Israeli aggressive war machine turns into rubble, trace after trace.”
Matar stressed that he has “a deep belief that the Palestinian cause cannot die, no matter how long the injustice and occupation last, for it will disappear.”
Regarding the Western position in general, and the American position in particular, the Vice President of the Syrian Writers Association comments, “We have become accustomed to positions biased toward Israel, especially from the three Western countries, Britain, France, and Germany, in addition to the United States,” and this is “not a regrettable matter, but it is a great shame.”
Regarding the role of Arab intellectuals at this stage in the Palestinian arena, Matar criticized the positions of some Arab voices promoting Zionist propaganda, saying, “It is remarkable that voices have appeared outside the flock from some Arab intellectuals, more precisely and specifically Francophones, who sided with the killers and stood in support of Israel.” For reasons related to his relationship with large cultural institutions, or in the hope of obtaining recognition or a status that he aspires to. Whatever the reasons, this will be a shame that will attach to them and diminish their cultural standing.”
Blood and tears
Syrian publisher and translator Sameh Khalaf, who lives in Sweden, says that what is happening today in Gaza, after the Al-Aqsa flood operation, is “a new peak of the Palestinian tragedy, the tragedy of blood, tears, steadfastness, and clinging to land and truth.”
He asserts, “This is a watershed moment in the course of the Palestinian issue, from which the world has turned its face and is no longer concerned with what the occupation is doing to the Palestinians.”
In his interview with Al Jazeera Net, the translator and publisher Khalaf pointed out that “the world closes its eyes and closes its ears to the Israeli army hunting Palestinians and shooting them in the streets and at checkpoints,” and explains, “As if the matter is just a routine daily practice that is not related to the lives of human beings of flesh and blood and does not deserve to be denounced.”
Regarding attempts to break the bones of the Palestinians, Sameh Khalaf asserts, “The occupation will not achieve its old, renewed dream of completely liquidating the Palestinian issue. The result will not be the death of this issue, but rather its revival and placing it once again before the eyes and conscience of the world.”
Khalaf explains: Here in Sweden, for example, a country famous for its cold weather and people whose moods do not change easily, more than 150 cultural figures took the initiative to sign a petition demanding an end to the “unbearable violence, an end to the blockade imposed on food, medicine and water, and the protection of the population.” Civilians in Gaza.
“The West is Israel's partner”
Badr Al-Suwaiti, the Arab writer and poet residing in Germany and director of Dar Al-Darwish Publishing and Translation in Bulgaria, says, “What is happening in Palestine is not the result of today or the moment, but rather destruction, exclusion, and killing, which has lasted for 70 years.”
Al-Suwaiti points out that this “constitutes signs of a massive popular renaissance in awareness of the Palestinian issue and the necessity of its continuation.”
Regarding the Western position in general regarding the events in Gaza, publisher Badr Al-Suwaiti said in his interview with Al-Jazeera that “the West is a partner in the crimes of the Zionist entity from its founding to the present day,” and added, “They are screaming in secret and in public, and the West cannot be relied upon to support just humanitarian causes.”
Al-Suwaiti called on Arab intellectuals to support the Palestinian cause and play a real role without ambiguity or circumvention, “as is the case with Western intellectuals who support the Israeli aggression against our people in occupied Palestine.”