Political Comment - The Unfolding Events in Al-Quds
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Political Comment - The Unfolding Events in Al-Quds
The city of Al-Quds has been the scene of several acts of aggression by the soldiers of occupation and Jewish settlers since the beginning of the month of Ramadhan, especially in the neighbourhoods of Bab al-Amud and Sheikh Jarrah whose residents are threatened with eviction for the benefit of the settlers. The attacks against the Muslims in Al-Quds intensified in the last week of the blessed month of Ramadhan.
Several states have expressed their concern and denounced the incidents of Al-Quds, especially in respect of evicting the residents of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes to make way for Jewish settlers. The US called for “calm” in Al-Quds and for avoiding evicting Palestinian families to handover to "Israeli" settlers in reference to the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.
State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter told reporters that Washington was “deeply concerned about the potential eviction of Palestinian families in the Silwan neighbourhood and in Sheikh Jarrah, of course, many of whom have lived in their homes for generations. But again, as we have consistently said, it is critical to avoid unilateral steps that would exacerbate tensions or take us further away from peace, and that would include evictions, settlement activity, and home demolitions.”
This American standpoint reveals that although the Biden administration has been seeking a de-escalation in order to allow the issue of keeping Al-Quds as the capital of "Israel" to pass, it has however at the same time profited from this tension on the ground to prove that "Israel" is incapable of protecting the rights of the Palestinians and the right to worship for non-Jews in Al-Quds, generate an international climate pressing for internationalising the sacred precincts, and throw dust in the eyes of the Muslims with regard to "Israel’s" ownership of Al-Quds and adopting it as its capital. However, "Israel" had anticipated this step and set about besieging Al-Quds with settlement belts, focusing on usurping the land, expelling Muslims through the “annexation” law, and demolishing all the monumental buildings adjacent to Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to Judaize the city and seize the sacred precincts. On the other hand, Netanyahu is attempting through these aggressions to gain the support of the parties in favour of such acts so that he may stay in office, with the collusion of the Arab states whose ambassadors and diplomats attended, so disgracefully and humiliatingly, and in the midst of this shameless aggression, an Iftar banquet hosted by the "Israeli" foreign minister, and the collusion of Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen, who had not wished for any Palestinian elections undermining the position of Fatah within the Palestinian Authority to take place; and this is what happened.
America for her part had been hoping for the Palestinian elections to be a platform for her plans for Al-Quds and regional peace; hence, she exhorted the European states to exert pressure on the Palestinian Authority and the Jewish entity to hold the elections, but they failed. On the other hand, the Jordanian foreign ministry declared on 29 April that it had provided the Palestinian foreign ministry with 14 ratified agreements meant for the people of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in support of their claim of their lands and property. This manoeuvre by Jordan was viewed as an attempt to absolved itself of blame and wash its hands of the issue’s fallout, but the "Israeli" court refused to accept all the documents submitted by the residents under the pretext that the submissions “arrived late”.
Through these circumstances and the escalation against the people of Al-Quds by the herds of settlers, who have never intensified their aggression against the courtyards of Al-Aqsa during the last ten days of Ramadhan before, and with the backing of the "Israeli" courts and police forces, it seems clear that the "Israeli" authorities have initiated a host of physical steps in an accelerated manner to complete Judaizing Al-Quds and expelling the Palestinians from its districts, in line with the outcome of Donald Trump’s decision, just like what they did with the Maghrebi Quarter in 1967. The Zionist entity is taking advantage of the political cover provided by the Arab normalisation and alliance, Mohammed bin Salman’s yearning for power and his desire for normalisation, the Palestinian Authority’s craving to resume to recover the legitimacy it has lost due to the divisions among its ranks, the quarrelling of its leaders over the booties, and its failure to exact its false legitimacy through elections. It is also taking advantage of the frailty of the Jordanian regime which has been seeking foreign backing after it had lost its domestic one, especially following the recent saga between the king and his brother Hamza and as the voices calling for stripping the palace of its authorities grew louder.
Although all stakeholders have hastened to invest in these events, it is however certain that the events in question fall under the Zionist entity’s race against time to impose the realities of Judaizing the city of Al-Quds and deeming it as the perpetual capital of "Israel", forcing this subterfuge as a fait accompli in the face of any anticipated move pertinent to the negotiations, and shoring up Netanyahu’s domestic position in the face of his opponents. This narrative was corroborated by "Israeli" law institutions by announcing that the eviction orders fall within the plans to Judaize the city of Al-Quds, in addition to demolishing the homes of Palestinians and confiscating their lands. It was also corroborated by the call of a host of directed columnists and political leaders such as Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and former Lebanese foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, to establish a transboundary and transreligious “Eastern League” under economic and counterinsurgent themes to withstand the quagmire of “Balkanisation” in which the region has plunged during the “Arab Spring”, to efface the borders and redraw them on nationalistic and sectarian grounds, thus allowing minorities such the Shia, Kurds and Amazigh to demand federal independence, and to remove the deep-seated obstacles to the plans to integrate the Jewish entity within Greater Middle East.
Against the background of all this, escalating and expanding the circle of aggression and confrontation in Al-Quds to include Al-Aqsa Mosque will pave the way for the usurpation of the sacred precincts (Haram Sharif) through their internationalisation by the Muslims, especially as the reaction of the Christians in the city of Al-Quds since the events erupted with the calls of their priests for defending Al-Aqsa, in addition to the denationalisation of the arrests of their followers, serve the notion of the “Abrahamic religion” sponsored by the US, "Israel", and the rulers of the UAE and Saudi in particular, through which they hope to secularise the solution, considering that secularism upholds an indiscriminate standpoint to the three religions according to their allegations. Internationalising the holy precincts and placing them under international custodianship with "Israeli" sovereignty on the ground and Jordanian guardianship of the residents, solving the issue of the refugees through resettlement and the crisis of Al-Quds which impinge on the efforts to generate a political solution, is designed to settle the Palestinian issue once and for all. This will bulwark the usurping entity, secure international protection for it, guarantees the Jewishness of its state, and turns the liberation of Al-Quds into a rebellion against international law and consensus and the price of liberating Palestine would be a confrontation between the Muslims and the entire “international community”.
Although pictures and videoclips recording the clashes and aggression against Al-Quds and its residents calling upon the passion of Muslims, and warranting their pride and chivalry, have been swarming social media, and their echoes reached the four corners of the world, the reaction of the Ummah’s children was confined to the expressions of incapability which neither befit the legacy of the best nation sent to humankind, nor the standpoint Muslims should adopt towards the sanctity, blood and honour of their brethren lingering in prison for decades; nor do they befit the issue that concerns the rights of Muslims and their presence in the usurped city of Al-Quds and its Islamic identity, considering that they are the Ummah of Jihad and that we are in the month of Jihad and victories.
The point at issue is not merely a piece of land usurped by the enemy, but rather an issue of a war whose soldiers are the collaborating rulers and their regimes, and whose commanding officers are the Western powers headed by America and the international institutions. The only path towards waging this war, and there is no other way whatsoever, is by rectifying the situation by establishing the Khilafah and declaring Jihad for the sake of Allah to uphold His word supreme. This is the only path and there is no other. Since Jihad, which is the only legitimate solution, has been forestalled by the rulers, who preferred integrating the Jewish entity into the region to confronting and uprooting it, and who insisted on flocking to the White House, banking on it, and always drawing a blank, it is high time every Muslim sacrificed for the sake of his religion and sanctities, and drew closer to Allah (swt) through an assiduous and serious work towards resuming the Islamic way of life, establishing the Khilafah on the method of the Prophethood, which will mobilise the Muslim youth who are yearning for the rule of their Lord and for exacting revenge from their enemies to liberate their brothers, sisters and sacred precincts, the Muslim youth who neither lacking bravery nor fervour to fulfil that duty. All they need is to devote themselves to seeking the pleasure of Allah (swt) and drawing closer to Him by working towards establishing the Islamic State, and preparing for Jihad and martyrdom. And this is not unusual for the men of Mohammedﷺ(saw) nor is victory difficult for Allah (swt). The youth of Al-Quds who love Allah and His Messenger have proved that the Muslims’ resolve never withers and that their bravery has exposed the cowardice of the collaborating rulers; had it not been for their treason, the Jews would never have gained a foothold in the Muslims’ lands.
The events continue to prove to the Islamic Ummah that the path towards salvation and liberation from colonialism in all its forms, and towards doing away with humiliation and submissiveness, obliterating the Zionists and their entity, and succouring our people and sanctities, will only pass over the thrones of the oppressors. Hence, we call upon you dear Muslims to carve your way towards victory since you are the men who yearn for the rule of Allah (swt) and Jihad for His sake.
26 Ramadhan 1442h
8 May 2021