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Faith in Humanity

Seven months have passed, and no one seems able or willing to stop the carnage in Gaza. A seemingly never-ending genocide is taking place in front of the world’s watchful eyes, and those who possess the power to stop it are not only not doing so but are also effectively sanctioning it by facilitating this heinous crime against humanity. The scene is surreal; as if watching a protracted horror movie. The bigoted forces whitewashing this genocide have been exposed after their decades of pious preaching on human rights. It comes as no surprise that many people feel that they are losing their faith in humanity.

But not everyone is resigned to helplessness and resignation. As the atrocities continue, become more gruesome, and are aired across the globe, more and more people are engaging in a plethora of acts of resistance to protest the killing of innocent civilians. Taking to the streets has been the most visible expression of opposition to the onslaught on Gaza. Demonstrators have also expressed their support for Palestinians in their struggle for freedom and liberation. These demonstrations have spread around the world like a prairie wildfire, with the number of participants exceeding two million, in the case of Indonesia and Yemen. Boycotting Israel and the products of companies complicit in the genocide has become widespread, and has been effective. From the outset, social media has been a major battlefield of the Palestinian and Israeli narratives. Ultimately, credit has been given to Gen Z for essentially swaying international public opinion, despite mainstream media being almost completely controlled by the pro-Zionist camp. The shift in world opinion has been nothing short of miraculous.

The pro-Palestinian student encampments across most major US universities are the latest expression of the fight for justice in Palestine. These too have spread rapidly throughout the world to universities and colleges, and even to companies. Common to all the other forms of protest is the notion of justice, not sympathy, but justice. Journalist, essayist, painter, and poet Caitlin Johnstone summed it up well when she wrote: “Kids are taking over university campuses around the world for the noblest possible reason anyone could do such a thing in 2024. There are so many reasons to feel pessimistic, but Gen Z’s fierce opposition to the Gaza genocide is a massive reason to have hope for the future.”

Expressing a global sentiment, the incoming Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris recently said: “Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Irish people could not be clearer. We are repulsed by your actions. Ceasefire now and let the aid flow safely.”

All this has restored my faith in humanity.

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Long live Palestine!

Sani Meo

  • Sani Meo is co-founder of the English-language print and online magazine This Week in Palestine and has been its publisher since TWiP’s inception in December 1998. Since January 2007, he has also been the publisher of the Arabic online magazine Filistin Ashabab, which targets Palestinian youth.

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