58 Palestinian people were shot dead, 130 critical and over 2,700 injured by Israeli snipers yesterday (Monday 15th. May). There were no Israeli deaths or injury.
The Palestinians were not on land claimed to belong to Israel, but were holding a protest within the Israeli imposed prison camp known as Gaza, completely controlled by Israel by land and sea. Their protest was about many aspects of their predicament, but mainly about the theft of their land by Israel and the opening of an American embassy in an attempt to disenfranchise the Palestinians of ancient land by the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. This includes the sacred mosque of Al-Aqsa.
700,000 Palestinians were forced from their land, (once called Palestine) in 1948 when the West created Israel at the end of the Second World War. Since then, the Israeli’s have continued to expand and violently force Palestinians from what was left. Many now live as refugees in Gaza and the West Bank, creating millions of refugees. The United Nations has declared these expansions as illegal and does not recognise the expansionism.
Turkey said it would recall its ambassadors to the US and Israel, and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, described Israel’s actions as “genocide”. South Africa also recalled its ambassador in protest at the “violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces”.
The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, decried Monday’s “shocking killing of dozens”, saying “those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account”.
Kuwait requested an emergency meeting of the UN security council. Diplomats later told Agence France-Presse the US had blocked the request.
The United Nations should override the US on this occasion, as it has shown to be biased in favour of Israel and has fanned the flames in this tense situation by declaring it’s support for Israel and denouncing any claims made by Palestinians.
The UN should send a special force to monitor and police the situation, if it wants to be seen as relevant in today’s world. The US can no longer be an arbiter in this grave situation which is threatening peace in the Middle East and beyond.
The obscene genocide of the Palestinian people by Israel and the decisions made by the West today and in the past, must be held to account. The world is watching this hypocrisy in disbelief.