A representational photo of an injured Palestinian and the attendant in Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza Strip.
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Lies, deceit and damned hypocrisy as 160 children die a day in Gaza

A representational photo of an injured Palestinian and the attendant in Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza Strip.

Sitting in this killer-haze that’s been enveloping the New Delhi- NCR and the adjoining areas. The very survival getting tough and tougher. Pollution of all hues and forms surmounting, with no relief. Anyway, in these barbaric times who cares how many of us die or stay live, and if alive then in what pathetic condition! Save for that small percentage of those who are able to afford air purifiers and the rest of the survival bandobast in these poisonous polluting times, the rest of the population is finding it difficult to breathe or to even go about the daily chores! It is tragic to see so many amongst us coughing and wheezing or down with breathing issues. Perhaps, dying a slow yet steady death of sorts!

The tragedies are only compounding as news reports on Gaza are carrying very, very depressing details. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that as the raging Israel-Hamas conflict has completed a month since it erupted on October 7, more than 10,000 people, or some 0.5 per cent of the total population in the besieged enclave, have reportedly been killed, with an average of 160 children dying per day! Yes, an average of 160 Palestinian children dying every single day, in and around Gaza!

Just imagine the emotional havoc inflicted on the parents and grandparents of the children killed by violent-barbaric war tactics unleashed on a hapless people… In fact, why just the closely related to the dead children, as these deaths are affecting each human being. Nah, not talking of the thick-skinned political rulers who have only and only expansionist agendas and arms-contingents to boast of, but all those of us with human emotions tucked in, in our human forms and psyche. Our fragile systems getting weighed down as news reports are carrying heart breaking details of the Israeli bombardments on the civilian Palestinian population in and around Gaza.

And the recently evacuated American nurse from Gaza, Emily Callahan, who works as nursing activity manager for ‘Doctors Without Borders’, has been quoted as saying that there are burnt and amputated children in Gaza because of the constant bombardments by the Israeli forces. She’s been also focusing on the fact that there’s no food and water for hundreds of the Palestinian families and their children …many could be dying of hunger and starvation and severe burn injuries. I just saw and heard her speak in one of the well-circulated videos where she is giving details of how Palestinian families are slowly dying because there is just nothing to survive on, and also just no medicines to treat the injured and burnt children. Some very grim details.

“The Western rulers and their Allies can term these resistance groups as ‘terrorists’  or  ‘militants’  but  the reality is that they have emerged as a reaction to the  unabated and  uncontrolled violence and deceit heaped  on a hapless people.  These groups haven’t come up in a vacuum.”

Mind you, let’s not be naïve or short sighted to see no aftermath of this, on us, the world over. Already, the world seems to be waking up to the realization that the Western world, rather its so-called leaders, have been following a policy of lies and deceit and damned hypocrisy, in its quest to take over the Palestinian lands and natural resources. And with that in the background or foreground, they are killing hundreds of Palestinians and also hounding the alive Palestinians away from their homeland! Can there be a bigger dark reality than this!

Quite obviously resistance or reactionary groups are bound to come up!

The Western rulers and their Allies can term these resistance groups as ‘terrorists’ or ‘militants’ but the reality is that they have emerged as a reaction to the unabated and uncontrolled violence and deceit heaped on a hapless people. These groups haven’t come up in a vacuum!

There is a definite background to their creation. They have emerged as a reactionary force or forces. They have taken birth as a reaction to the aftermath… that war and destruction and deaths brings about.

There ought to be an immediate cease fire. There ought to be the much-needed focus on the legitimate rights of the Palestinians. It’s their basic birth right to live as free citizens in their very own homeland – Palestine. They have suffered for decades and been subjected to worst forms of tortures and humiliation. It’s about time they could live intact and in peace in their homeland.

Ending this column with these lines of Professor V K Tripathi (He was earlier teaching Physics at IIT, New Delhi):

‘I have a soul

But it has stopped responding

I am filled with ideas, logic of action, reaction

Hamas versus Israeli state

But both targeted the same civilians, children and women

one killed in hundreds the other in thousands.

I hear of 25 days siege of people

Made helpless for decades

Being bombarded

No water, no food, no medicine, no light

In a dream, I find myself trapped in a tunnel

Fire entering with

deafening sound I scream, wakeup, feel relieved.

But no relief for people facing bombs in real

They are me but have no nation, no government

No battle field to show their bravery

No labs to produce research worth Nobel

But they are alive, truthful and caring

Practiced non-violent intifada against tanks

I adore non-violence

But nonviolence is dead without action

Without saying No to injustice and oppression

I wish I were nonviolent activist and tell Israeli regime to stop genocide

Hamas to shun violence

Indian PM to stop arms purchase from oppressors

US President to stop support for genocide

But these thoughts are distractions

May I feel the pain of dying people

Deeper, then I would tell the world

Don’t hide naked hatred

Behind Hamas atrocity

See the agony of people and cruelty of the state.”

*Humra Quraishi is a Gurgaon based independent writer-columnist-journalist.