Please tell me she has round the clock protection
Okay, she lives in the US and not in Gaza City or Ramallah which is why, for now at least, it's at least somewhat safe for her to speak out. But that doesn't minimize at all the courage of Qanta Ahmed
, who is a Medical doctor
and not an academic one (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl
Israel’s eight-day operation “Pillar of
Defense” sought to dismantle the Hamas apparatus from within Gaza. The
predictably seamless alignment of the Muslim world against Israel was
even more breathtaking than usual in the face of Syria’s 22 months of
systematic genocide, one which has consistently failed to trigger
unanimous Muslim protest. What does this say about us as Muslims?
We are hypocrites.
While Muslims define Israel as the enemy, we
ignore Assad, and diabolically laud Hamas. Hamas is never sated – each
year it devours ever more Palestinians, regardless of age or gender. If
Israelis lose fewer citizens than the Palestinians in these conflicts it
is for the same reason Israel exchanges more prisoners for each captive
soldier: quite simply Israel values human life more than does Hamas,
which relishes ground operations taking place among densely populate civilian areas.
Explaining this to Muslims in the
Twitterverse, I get sharply reminded that Hamas does not have the
“luxury of launch sites” that Israel enjoys. Have we lost our minds,
Muslims? How can we speak of ‘launch sites’ as ‘luxuries’ while
disregarding the culling taking place in Syria? Perhaps we have not lost
our minds, but we have most certainly lost our religion.
As I am not one to speak for others, allow me
to let Hamas speak for themselves. They are bald-faced about their
mission, seeking glory through death, annunciation through annihilation:
We are ready to offer 1,000, 2,000 or even
10,000 martyrs every year. We are ready to keep offering martyrs for
twenty years because we are sure we are moving in the right direction
and that we will prevail in the end” (Hamas leader Khalid Al Mish’al in
Read it all
To Hamas, a Palestinian life is worth more
when “martyred,” a dead child more of a blessing than one living. “The
children of the kindergarten are the shaheeds [martyrs] of tomorrow,”
reads a sign displayed at a Hamas-run kindergarten. The martyrdom mantra
is their anthem.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, Islam, Islamic treatment of women