About 10 years ago, a desperate act of protest against the state violence of one citizen, Mohamed Bouazizi, who was burned in Tunisia, and after the whole East, an unprecedented uprising known as the Arab Spring.
Bouazizi’s dignity and sacrifice not only served as a call to action for millions fed up with state oppression and abuse across the region, but ultimately – albeit temporarily – drew the attention of the international community to their plight. .
The Arab Spring, however, failed to deliver democracy, justice and equality to all people in the region. In fact, as we “celebrated” our 10th anniversary earlier this year, many conversations, discussions and discussions were organized to find out what was wrong with the 2011 democracy movement.
I believe a major factor in the failure of the Arab Spring was the international community, and especially the Western powers, fear of “chaos” – their fear of overthrowing evil autocratic regimes and establishing real that Arab democracies would make the region much shorter “Restricted”.
In the months and years after the Arab Spring, the West’s efforts to avoid “unrest” in the region allowed those standing to lose the majority from democracy – Israel and its trusted allies, the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt – to silence any dissenting voices and call for democracy with violence and increased oppression.
The West’s own decision to turn a blind eye to the abuses perpetrated by state authorities in the name of preserving the unfair situation committed by the Egyptian army. massacre more than 1,000 civilians in August 2013 and imprisoned about 60,000 Egyptians for their political views. This allowed the hitmen of the Saudi regime to killing dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s Istanbul consulate in 2018 and prison women’s rights activists like Loujain al-Hathloul on unfounded charges. The indifference of the West has also enabled Morocco to suppression of journalists, artists and activists critical of state authorities, some of whom are still in prison and died in the hunger strike.
Meanwhile, humiliated by Israeli authorities, evicted from their homes by Zionist extremists, wounded and killed by “security forces” at work, and slowly squeezing the weight of the apartheid regime, the day continues. -day reality of the Palestinians. The West, in its hypocritical attempt to maintain “stability”, ignores their suffering.
However, by separating the growing abuses of the Arab dictatorships and the apartheid state of Israel, the international community is not actually suppressing “unrest”, but sowing the seeds of a new revolution. Because there can be no real stability without democracy and justice.
Ten years ago, the last action against a man in Tunisia made millions across the region realize that they could no longer take it anymore and would take to the streets to demand change.
Now, something similar is happening in Palestine.
The situation of the inhabitants of the occupied neighborhood of East Jerusalem in Sheikh Jarrah |, who were forced out of their homes to give way to Jewish settlers, along with images of Muslims attacked of Jewish extremists at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, aroused a great deal of support among Palestinians throughout the East and around the world.
The dignity of Palestinians, abandoned by the international community but standing proud and fighting for their rights, is an inspiration to millions who have suffered the same brutal regimes across the region.
Those in power in the West, however, are silent on what is happening in Palestine, or pretend that it all started with the Hamas attacks. Perhaps they wonder if they continue to support apartheid in Israel and the region’s allies in the name of “stability”, the calls for democracy and justice in the region will eventually die out.
What they fail to understand, however, is that the gap between the Arab populations and their rulers is not yet wider and, more importantly, that the Arab populations have reached the point where “they can no longer do it. bear more “.
For years, Palestinians have been left to suffer on their own – left to the international community and by Arab leaders, who once their struggle is over and nothing can be done to help them. But in recent weeks, they have shown the world that their thirst for life is willing and they are not ready to give up the fight. Their dignity and resistance makes all of us who suffer under Israel’s regional allies, and long for freedom and justice, realize that we too “can no longer get it”.
Palestinians reign in a push for freedom that is unstoppable, and will spread throughout.
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