By Raza Ruman
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and other Gulf states are sleeping and Israel is ruthlessly killing Palestinians.
So far At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza with 1,200 people wounded.
And maximum effort the Gulf countries including their father Saudi Arabia has done is paying a lip service meekly urging the UN to intervene and stop the Palestinian massacre.
The 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) issued the statement on Sunday almost over a week Israel ‘s attack on Gaza began.
The Saudi-based group had also renewed it’s call for Palestinians to have their own nation with East Jerusalem as its capital.
It has called for an immediate halt to what it described as Israel’s barbaric attacks on Gaza and blamed “systematic crimes” against the Palestinians for hostilities now in their seventh day.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud opened the OIC virtual meeting on Sunday urging the global community to end the escalation in violence and revive peace negotiations based on a two-state solution.
“The massacre of Palestinian children today follows the purported normalisation,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. “This criminal and genocidal regime has once again proven that friendly gestures only aggravate its atrocities.”
On Saturday an Israeli airstrike targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City on Saturday that housed offices of The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and other media outlets — only hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt’s statement called it an “incredibly disturbing development”.
“We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time,” read the statement.
“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”
Al Jazeera producer Linah Alsaafin tweeted that Israel had given a “warning” that it “will bomb the building that houses Al Jazeera offices and other international media channels in Gaza City in one hour […] our colleagues have already evacuated”.
Middle East Eye, whose office was also inside the building, shared a video of the owner reportedly talking to an Israeli officer on live TV to let journalists collect their gear before the bombing.
As strong reactions and condemnations started to surface following the attack by Israel, many, including US lawmaker Mike Siegel, pointed out that targeting journalists was a war crime.
Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon said this attack “raises the spectre that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is deliberately targeting media facilities in order to disrupt coverage of the human suffering in Gaza”.
It is the time that all Arab world get united and teach a lesson to Israel for its brutality. PAK DESTINY