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Little light is thrown upon or reflected on the views of the towering personalities who helped to shape the reality that came to be known as Pakistan, over the problem of Palestine. With the recent attack on the Freedom Flotilla by Israel which was bound to take aid for the people of Gaza and also had 3 Pakistanis amongst its passengers of 600, many people have wondered what relation does Pakistan share with Palestine? In this regard, I decided to search over the thoughts of Jinnah, the Founder of our land and Iqbal, the Great Thinker over this conflict in the Middle East.
The content below is from my collection of different articles on this topic: __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ From Roedad Khan Op-ed: So many questions: so few answers : Daily Times - Site Edition [Printer Friendly Version] On May 25, 1945, Mr. Jinnah declared: If Britain goes back even on the plighted word of hers, which is the barest justice done to the Arabs, it will be against the deepest sentiments and views of the Muslims of the world and it will constitute a breach of the solemn assurances given to the Musalmans of India whose sympathy and support were secured for the prosecution of the war on the basis of this promise It is too dangerous a game to play and a bait to get the support of the Jews for electioneering purposes, for it will certainly alienate and exasperate the Muslim world and lead to most disastrous consequences .
On October 12, 1945, Mr Jinnah said at Quetta: Every man and woman of the Muslim world will die before Jewry seizes Jerusalem. I hope the Jews will not succeed in their nefarious designs and I wish Britain and America should keep their hand off and then I will see how the Jews conquer Jerusalem. The Jews, over half a million, have already been
let them face Arabs without British or American help ? Referring to the efforts made by President Truman to put pressure on British government to allow 100. are one with the Arab world on this issue. with the help of British bayonets and American money .000 Jews into Palestine. It is a question of Jews reconquering Palestine. They would help the Arabs in Palestine by all possible means . Why doesn t President Truman take one million Jews into USA? The reason is that the Jews do not want a National Home in Palestine. In an interview with Duncan Hooper. Mr Jinnah said: We Musalmans of India. but the entire Muslim world will revolt Pakistan will have no other course left but to give its fullest support to the Arabs . It is not a question of a National Home for Jews in Palestine. if Palestine was partitioned: there was bound to be the gravest disaster and unprecedented conflict. shame . as suggested by President Truman. It is monstrous and criminal. here comes the President of a great country thinking entirely of Jewry and the interests of Jews. . not only between the Arabs and the Authority that would undertake to enforce the Partition plan. President Truman had the effrontery to put pressure on the British government to allow a million Jews into Palestine. Mr Jinnah then declared that if the British government tried to violate the solemn pledge given to the Arabs in Palestine and allow the Jews into Palestine. which they had lost 2000 years ago. May I know which other country has accommodated them? If domination and exploitation are carried now. 1945. with the help of British bayonets and American money. to allow only a 100 Indians to migrate to the United States of America . shame . Jinnah warned that. What they want is to reconquer Palestine. Mr.accommodated in Jerusalem against the wishes of the people. after a long period of vacillation. there will be no peace and end of wars . But why should Palestine be dumped with such a large number of Jews? If Jews want to reconquer Palestine. The Muslims of India would not remain as mere spectators. The Palestinian cause continued to be championed by Pakistan after the emergence of the new state. The consequences would be disastrous. Addressing a mass meeting in Bombay on November 8. Jinnah said. I have no enmity against Jews. Mr Jinnah turned around and exclaimed: It is not shame. which they lost 2000 years ago. there would be no peace in the Middle East and the whole Islamic world would revolt. I know they were treated very badly in some parts of civilized Europe. while he has agreed. Reuter s correspondent. When a section of the audience shouted. Mr.
allamaiqbal. The Report amounts. Nor does Palestine belong to the Jews who abandoned it of their own free will long before its possession by the Arabs. He hadn t lived to see his dream of Pakistan come true or to watch the enemies of Islam producing the last bloody act of the tragedy in Kashmir and Palestine. Iqbal attacked the two Mandatories. The price of this sale is an amount of money to the Arabs plus an appeal to their generosity and a piece of land to the Jews. When in July 1937 the Royal Commission under Lord Peel recommended partition and further Jewish immigration.com/publicati. Writing to her on 20 July 1937.__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ From : [http://www. In the 1930 s the situation in Palestine became increasingly alarming. It s no tale of citron. But he .w/oct91/5. Nor is Zionism a religious movement . I do hope that British statesmen will abandon this policy of actual hostility to the Arabs and restore their country to them. and the result was a general revolt. Britain and France. on the whole. not for the purpose of giving a National Home to the Jews but for the purpose of giving a home to British Imperialism on the Mediterranean littoral. through the answer to it he well knew: If the Jew had a right to the soil of Palestine. In poem after poem. to a sale under duress to the British of the Holy Places in the shape of the permanent mandate which the Commission has invented in order to cover their imperialist designs.. Miss Farquharson of the National League of England requested Muhammad Iqbal to express his views on these shocking recommendations. British Imperialism has other aims. he said: We must not forget that Palestine does not belong to England. Why can t the Arab lay claim to Spain? No. for their ghastly deeds in Palestine and Syria. The British adopted ruthlessly repressive measures to quell Arab opposition.. honey or dates.htm] Muhammad Iqbal asked them a question. Allama Muhammad Iqbal had insistently struck in his work this same note of mistrust of the presiding powers of the present-day world and prescribed this same remedy of self-reliance for the Muslim individual and the Muslim community. Indeed the impression given to the unprejudiced reader is that Zionism as a movement was deliberately created. the whole world of Islam was left aghast. which Muslim Asia is now learning to regard as an Anglo-French institution invented for the purpose of dividing the territories of weaker Muslim peoples. She is holding it under a mandate from the League of Nations.
Seek not redress from London or Geneva. from its very inception. by giving them false promises. which was obviously irreconcilable and incapable of simultaneous execution.had offered a word of advice. In fact the call of these two great servants of Islam to the entire world of Islam derives directly from the Qur an: And he who reject the Taghut and believed in Allah. in the course of his presidential address to the All-India Muslim League Session at Lucknow. is yet alive in your soul. having pursued the policy to find a national home for the Jews. Great Britain has dishonoured her proclamation to the Arabs. Shall we then understand? Allama Muhammad Iqbal passed away on 21 April 1938 but his call rang on in the Muslim soul. we would be on firm and safe ground. I know. The jugular veins of the Frank are in the grip of the Jew I hear Ego grows and exults in proper self-expression. perhaps as farewell: To the Palestinian Arab The flame that may enkindle a world conflagration. The whole policy of the British Government has been a betrayal of the Arabs. hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. A people s chains snap when its On 15 October 1937. which had guaran-teed them complete independence for the Arab homelands and the formation of an Arab Confederation under the stress of the Great War. Only if we Muslims could learn to reject Taghut and hold fast to our faith in Allah. and the Royal Commission s recommendation completes . After having utilized them. Then. they installed themselves as the Mandatory Power with that infamous Balfour Declaration. Fullest advantage has been taken of their trusting nature. Muhammad Ali Jinnah said: May I now turn and refer to the question of Palestine? It has moved the Mussalmans all over India most deeply. Great Britain now proposes to partition Palestine.
and with the help of martial laws. For defending their homelands. I know Muslims will not shirk from any sacrifice if required to help the Arabs who are engaged in the fight for their national freedom. no people who are worth living as a nation. promises and intentions pre war and even post-war which were so unequivocally expressed to the Arabs and the world at large. in his presidential address to the All-India Muslim League at Patna. I find that a very tense feeling of excitement has been created and the British Government. and subjected to all forms of repression. Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared: I know how deeply Muslim feelings have been stirred over the issue of Palestine. You know the Arabs have been treated shamelessly men who fighting for the freedom of their country. have been described as gangsters. it must necessarily lead to the complete ruination and destruction of every legitimate aspiration of the Arabs in their homeland and now we are asked to-look at the realities! But who created this situation? It has been the handiwork of and brought about sedulously by the British statesmen I am sure I am speaking not only of the Mussalmans of India but of the world. can achieve anything great without making great sacrifices. If given effect to. On 26 December 1938. We are all passing through perilous times. he said in his Eid-ul-Fitr message on 28th August 1948: My Eid message to our brother Muslim States is one of friendship and goodwill. It is only by putting up a united front that we can make our voice felt in the counsels of the world. . For barely two weeks before he passed away on 11 September 1948. that we as Muslims and Pakistanis have a bond with the Palestinians or any other Muslim nation in distress or under suppression that runs deep. All our sympathies are with those valiant martyrs who are fighting the battle of freedom against usurpers. they are being put down at the point of the bayonet. and all sections of thinking and fair-minded people will agree.the tragedy. out of sheer desperation. and ruthlessly dealing with the public opinion of the Arabs in Palestine. __________________________________________________ _______________________________________________ So from here. such as the Arabs of Palestine are making. I conclude. When the founders of this country openly and unambigiously advocated for this cause and announced that the people of this young state. The drama of power politics that is being staged in Palestine and Kashmir should serve as an eye opener to us. But no nation. The Muslims of India will stand solid and will help the Arabs in every way they can in the brave and just struggle that they are carrying on against all odds. when I say that Great Britain will be digging its grave if she fails to honour her original proclamation. are resorting to repressive measures. They are being subjected to monstrous injustices which are being propped up by British Imperialism with the ulterior motire of placating the international Jewry which commands the money-bags Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah died with a thorn in his heart.
.would in every case. support the Palestinians. for even as humans : Ashraf-ul-Makhlooqaat : it is our duty to stand by the those being choked and strangulated by the rope of barbarism.Hafsa Khawaja Jinnah And Iqbal On Palestine : Yes. We Do Share A Bond With The Palestinians! Hafsa Khawaja's Blog . why shouldn t we? Having internal plagues inside your country does not permit one to be uncompassionate towards the plight of others.
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