Are the Palestinians let down by their fellow Arabs?

There is little the Arab governments can do to stop Israel daily deadly attacks on Gaza as they have little influence both on Hamas and Israel. In the name of the Palestinian cause, the majority of Arab states have no, diplomatic relations with Israel.

As the majority of Arab countries have no official trade relations with Israel, it’s hard what economic sanctions they can impose on it.

For the man in the street, there should be military intervention through the borders with Egypt , Jordan and Lebanon to stop Israeli aggression. But this s unrealistic. The Arab countries don’t have an army like NATO with regular common training and a board of command to mount joint military operations. There are the political calculations which make many countries hesitant about this sort of venture.

The Arabs have shown solidarity with the Palestinians through protests, condemnations and the sending of humanitarian aids.

It remains up to the Palestinians to show unity among themselves before asking the rest of the Arab world to unite with them. Differences between them just reinforces division in attitude towards the way their cause should be supported.

As long as Hamas and Fatah are at odds, the Palestinians will remain the victims of their leadership, Israel policies of blockade and attacks as well as apparent cold practical responses from the Arab world gloved with apparent heated emotions and token humanitarian gestures.


  1. January 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    […] yang dapat dilakukan pemerintah Arab untuk menghentikan serangan Israel ke Gaza. Abdelilah Boukili adalah salah satunya. Bagi orang awam, harusnya terdapat intervensi militer melalui perbatasan dengan Mesir, Yordania […]

  2. Hisham said,

    January 25, 2009 at 3:12 am

    It would be great if you could add your voice to that of hundred others (here: to protest against the sheer hypocrisy of the BBC who refuses to give space to NGOs to appeal for aid for the people of Gaza. Zionists have put such a pressure on the corporation that was once a gold standard of professional journalism and a beacon of public service that it has abondonned its basic founding principles. We (those who oppose injustice) must combat Zionism by its own means and defeat it in territories it has taken for conquered.
    Have a nice day.

  3. January 25, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Hisham,

    There is a raging debate about the BBC decision:
    The majority of the comments are opposing the BBC move.

    What I see is that The BBC controversial position on whether it should show the DEC appeal is giving it more publicity than it needs as this has become one of top news reports on the BBC and other major news channels.

  4. Hisham said,

    January 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I do agree Abdelilah, and that is not to say that the BBC as a whole should be treated as a monolithic bloc. There are wonderful journalists within the corporation who are watching with dismay this wonderful, incomparable organization degenerate and become a mean mouthpiece for government and/or pressure group. It’s a disgrace!

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