Israel is making new foes around the world – Daily Sabah

The international hegemony established after the end of World War II did not end in the world peace. In fact, the new world order, which was represented by the United Nations, was by no means an order of peace. On the contrary, it was the continuation of the global colonial order, pioneered by the winners of the two world wars. Injustice has then become the rule of the world.

After drawing the political map of the Middle East, the United Kingdom withdrew from the region by condemning related countries to strife and war. The Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan or Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait can be brought forward as notorious examples of innumerous problems caused by the colonial British Empire.

Jerusalem holds special status in the world order. Established on May 14, 1948, the Zionist state of Israel gradually invaded Palestinian lands as a whole. After occupying the Arab lands parcel by parcel, Israel now dares to forbid religious worship in Jerusalem, which is a holy city for Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

In the 1970s, when leftist movements were on the rise, the Palestinian issue had been one of the heated topics of political debates. Together with Muslim students, leftist intellectuals and university students were protesting against the Israeli persecution of Palestinians. Since the rise of political Islam after the 1980s and the weakening of leftist movements, the Palestinian cause has been embraced by the Muslim youth.

Regarding the current prohibition of praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel, the Palestinian cause has come to the fore of world politics not only Muslims, but also many Westerners who respect human rights protest against Israel’s persecution of Palestinians. Thus, it is reasonable to argue that Israel continues to make new foes around the world.

The Israeli lobby has always been influential U.S. politics. While conventional media organizations such as the CNN, the BBC and FOX News, have easily been controlled through lobbying activities, social media has relatively been out of control. Israel’s recent illegal and illegitimate moves at Al-Aqsa Mosque caused particular public outrage on social media.

At a press conference, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said: “The days of the Ottomans are gone.” I think that he meant the age of justice is gone and the age of persecution has begun. The Ottoman Empire established a system of religious tolerance in Jerusalem by ensuring the freedom of worship for Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Indeed, the system of religious tolerance had been expanded by the Ottomans throughout the entire empire, including Istanbul, Sarajevo and Thessaloniki.

The experience of continental Europe in living with the other involves only the Jewish culture. Living in ghettos in Europe, Jews have always been persecuted across European. Yet, they have always found tolerant asylum in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. In fact, the Jewish Museum of Turkey in Istanbul aims at informing society of the traditions and history of Turkish Jewry and celebrating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Sephardic Jews to the Ottoman Empire.

The rise of racism in Europe not only threatens Muslims, but also the Jewish community. Instead of committing crimes against humanity at al-Aqsa Mosque, they have to show their solidarity with Muslims against the rise of xenophobia and racism in Europe. It is our firm belief that if oppression continues in Palestine, it means that there is no justice in the world.

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Israel is making new foes around the world – Daily Sabah

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