Palestinians are trapped outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Palestinian mourners gather around bodies of members of the Abu Hatab and al-Hadidi families during a funeral procession in Gaza city, on May 15, 2021. 10 family members were killed early in an Israeli air strike on the western Gaza Strip, medics in the Palestinian enclave said. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images
Palestinian mourners gather around bodies of members of the Abu Hatab and al-Hadidi families during a funeral procession in Gaza city, on May 15, 2021. 10 family members were killed early in an Israeli air strike on the western Gaza Strip, medics in the Palestinian enclave said. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

An unsustainable situation where people are trapped

November 29 2021 02:30 AM


Today marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The question of Palestine has evaded justice, international human rights law and international humanitarian law for decades.

Palestinians face unbearable living conditions. They endure home demolitions, displacement, illegal Jewish settlement expansion, land usurpation, theft of natural resources and flagrant violations of the sanctity of Islamic and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem; all part of creeping colonialism, cultural and religious genocide.

This situation is unsustainable. Palestinians are trapped in a vicious cycle of grinding poverty, unemployment and limited access to healthcare, medications, vaccinations, water and electricity. They deserve better. Hasn’t the time come for them to achieve their inalienable human rights like other peoples?

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

From the announcement in March 2020 of lockdown measures to combat Covid, the then government showed itself to be divisive in its support for some citizens and not for others, despite the impact of the lockdown on all. In its strengthening of measures and loosening to save Christmas 2020, in a populist move, the government caused a spike in Covid cases.

The general election results of February 2020 revealed an opportunity for the formation of a national government, an opportunity missed to present a united front and unite all citizens against a common enemy. The coalition government, formed in June 2020, having ignored the advice of the experts, has proven itself to be indecisive, divisive, ineffective and non-representative of the citizens of this ‘democracy’. The governments of the past two years have brought us to the crippling of our services. Given the deaths, suffering and hardships caused to the citizens are we surprised that a government minister would say to his fellow ministers, “We have to take this deadly seriously.” It is a pity Covid has not been taken “deadly seriously” by our governments over the last two years.

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