Islamabad: The ongoing Israeli genocide against Palestinians in Gaza has reached a grim milestone, with a reported 10,000 Palestinians losing their lives in the relentless Israeli bombardment. The situation has prompted international concerns over Israel’s actions, its violation of international laws, collective punishment against the people of Gaza, and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland.
Despite mounting criticism, protests, and calls for a ceasefire from many countries, Western countries, including the United States, France, and Britain, continue to express support for Israel. This unwavering backing has led to widespread condemnation, as many accuse these nations of complicity in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza.
The conflict has further highlighted the seeming reluctance of the Muslim world to take substantive action in response to the Palestinian suffering. While statements of solidarity have been issued, there has been a lack of meaningful intervention. Some have raised questions about the priorities of Muslim nations, given their vast resources and military capabilities.
For instance, Qatar’s significant financial commitment to host the FIFA World Cup, totaling a staggering $220 billion, raises eyebrows amidst the dire situation in Gaza. Similarly, Saudi Arabia maintains a substantial defense budget of $69.1 billion, dwarfing Israel’s defense spending at $24.1 billion. There are approximately 57 Muslim-majority countries globally, some of which possess robust military capabilities, such as Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan.
Iran, with a powerful military and significant influence in the region, has not taken direct military action in response to the ongoing conflict. Turkey, a NATO member and regional powerhouse, has also refrained from military intervention. Pakistan, which holds a significant standing in the Islamic world, has not engaged militarily.
The apparent inaction from these powerful Muslim nations has led to questions about their priorities and geopolitical considerations. The reasons for this restraint may vary, but regional stability, international alliances, national interests, and political dynamics are often cited as key factors.
The ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza continues to be a source of concern, as the Palestinian death toll rises and the prospect of a peaceful resolution remains elusive.