Since the beginning of the ongoing war in Gaza, the gap between continents and geographical regions has widened, and tensions and divisions within many countries have increased in unprecedented ways, meaning that, unfortunately, we are facing a Live in a world that is clearly visible. The decline of universal values and legal norms common to humanity.
With this introduction, the Media Part website opened an article from the blog of Lebanese-French politician and university professor Ziad Majid. It introduced early accounts of the most violent war ever documented and broadcast live, in which more than 30,000 Palestinians were killed. At the hands of Israeli forces, 60% of whom were children and women, it brought with it displacement, suffering, famine, destruction, water, fuel and electricity cuts, inhumane health conditions and the plight of the sick and wounded. and hand-mutilated patients who are treated with primitive methods and operated on without anesthesia.
Although these numbers, stories, videos and testimonies are regularly published by various UN agencies, humanitarian organizations and human rights organizations, such as those by brave Palestinian journalists and photographers, most governments and television channels in the West have issued a decision that This tragedy is an additional casualty of the “self-defense” war launched by Israel in the wake of deadly attacks launched by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
Silence of universities and professional bodies
It is unlikely, under these circumstances – according to the author – that a segment of Western public opinion – with little knowledge – will understand this discourse that condemns war crimes, crimes against humanity and atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza.
It is also not surprising that Israel's trial before the International Court of Justice on charges of genocide in South Africa remains incomprehensible to many Westerners, while it has produced major consequences in Africa, Asia and South America, where millions of refugees have fled. Live.
But what is surprising, according to the article, is that groups capable of discriminating and politicizing, including those responsible for universities, research institutes, hospitals and press unions, fall into a kind of slumber and are absolved of their moral and civic responsibility towards the tragedy. Refuse. in Gaza, and remain silent or discuss it timidly in informal settings. Massacre targeting fellow Palestinians.
Majid: How can we legitimately teach the humanities, international law, and journalism without at least taking a legal or ethical position on the daily killings of our fellow human beings?
Perhaps most significant – and perhaps most challenging – is the silence of most major university and cultural institutions in the face of the crimes that, in addition to the voluntary destruction, systematically target academics, researchers and writers, which is sometimes portrayed as . And celebrated by the soldiers themselves. How can we teach the humanities, international law, and journalism in a way that is legitimate without at least taking a legal or moral position on the daily killings of our fellow human beings?
The author declined, asking how the negative and silent stance of some European and American research centers specializing in the “Middle East” or international relations could be explained under the pretext of “scientific neutrality”, at a time when Palestinian research institutions were being destroyed. Gave
The author points out that what is happening is not only silence and lack of dissent, but in many cases universities, schools and sports clubs have exerted pressure and threatened to take coercive measures against any initiative to “support the Palestinians.” Has given. Book fairs and artistic and sporting events have also been banned from hosting events and guests due to their stance critical of Israel's crimes.
Gaza and the future of democracy
All this indicates – according to the author – that we live in a world that is witnessing a clear decline in the universal values and legal norms common to humanity, and to Western democracies, which are today going through a crisis, and whose societies Influenced by increasingly racist and populist political choices, they have begun to lose their credibility and the attractiveness of their political model has begun to fade. Which harms it and the rest of the world.
Ziad Majid: The shameful position of most of the governments of these Western democracies regarding the destruction of Gaza and its people will remain an open wound that will be difficult to heal for millions of citizens of this world.
The article concluded that the shameful position of most of the governments of these Western democracies – with respect to the destruction of Gaza and its people – will remain an open wound that will be difficult to heal for millions of citizens of this world, and hence, the war machine will be shut down. After this, they will have to show terror on double standards and snatch their humanity from Palestinians. And to overcome the existing divisions, we have to unite our forces, wherever possible.
New civil and political movements, networks and coalitions must also emerge, coming together to present a new global discourse and against “impunity for the powerful” and victims of wars and genocides, based on their affiliations and where they live. Discrimination must be fought. ,