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PALESTINE

Introduction
What is going on in Palestine lays a burden on every responsible person. Above all, the
main responsibility is to be well-informed and well-focused. One must have a true picture
of the situation in order to find out what to do about it. Then he must analyze his position
well and decide what kind of responsibilities he carries and what he is able to do in that
position. After that, he must take a step without delay.

We will give short information about the issue of Palestine and question ourselves about
our responsibilities through this brochure. It is incumbent on each person to determine his
position and what to do accordingly.

Where is Palestine?
Palestine refers to the region which has been called so for at least 5000 years according
to the known history. It constitutes the southwestern part of the area which is known as
“Bilad-ı Şam” (“The province of Sham”) in the historical sources.

Today, it is the area which is bordered with the Jordan River and the Lake of Lut in the
east, Mediterranean and the desert of Sinai in the west, Lebanon in the north and Red Sea
in the south. East Bank that lays in the east of the Jordan River was regarded as part of
Palestine in the history. In other words, the entire region of Jordan that is composed of the
eastern and western banks of the Jordan River was part of Palestine.

Because the occupying state of Israel that was established through the private plans of
the international imperialism was granted territory by the 1947 UN decisions, an
important part of Palestinian land is shown as Israel in the official political partition. The
region which is shown as Israel constitutes a territory of Palestine that is more than 20
thousand km2. This territory is known as “1948 region” among Palestinian people.
Palestinian territory that is outside of the land called “Israel” in the UN decisions is Gaza,
West Bank and East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem was annexed to the land called “Israel”
after 1967 through the one-sided decisions taken by the occupying powers. However this
decision of annexation has not been approved in the international decisions. An important
part of the region called West Bank, since it is placed in the west of the Jordan River, has
been seized by the Jewish settlers who were brought from other countries. On the other
hand, the Jewish settlements in Gaza on the Mediterranean coast in the west of Palestine
were evacuated in the 2005 withdrawal.

Palestine throughout History


Palestine has a long past and a long-established history. It has also a central place in the
Islamic combat. We note that Palestine had a special status in the lives of most of the
messengers mentioned in the Qur’an who spent most of their lifetime, if not all, there.
Muhammad (pbuh), the last prophet, encouraged the believers to take an interest in the
land of Masjid Aqsa, visit there and pray in that temple. This encouragement influenced
the battles of the later Islamic state in widening its borders of sovereignty. All the rightly-
guided caliphs paid special attention to this region. Yet, the conquest of Jerusalem and its
surroundings took place during the time of the second caliph Omar. After then, it has
been under invasion for 1400 years; by the crusaders between the years 1099-1187, by
the British between 1917-1948 and by the Zionists after 1948.
The aim of the British occupation in 1917 was to help the Zionist organizations to bring
the world’s Jews together in order to realize their goal of establishing a Jewish state. The
1916 Sykes-Pikos Agreement and the 1917 Belfur Declaration prove this aim evidently.

How did Israel Come into Scene?


Since the aim of the British occupation was to support the Zionist organizations in their
plans to have a state, the initiatives oriented toward this aim started soon after the
occupation. Jews’ migration to the Palestinian land was facilitated through every means.
The British occupiers, by putting heavy taxes, confiscated the land of Palestinians and
sold it to the Jewish immigrants at symbolic prices. But in spite of all these
encouragements, the intended Jewish population was not ensured. Ironically, with the
Nazi storm in Europe in 1933, the Jews fled to the land of Palestine because the Nazis
used to kill some Jews, put their bodies in trucks and go to the Jewish provinces saying “if
you don’t leave these territories, the same will happen to you too!” As a result of the
migrations after these threats, the number of the Jews in Palestine rose to 800.000 by the
end of the Second World War while it had been less than 200.000 in 1933 before the Nazi
attacks.
On the other hand, the Zionist groups formed various terrorist organizations in Palestinian
lands, the most important of which are Haganah and Irgun. These organizations forced
the Palestinians to leave their land by organizing several terrorist attacks. As a result, the
British decided to withdraw in 1947 after ensuring that the Jewish terrorist organizations
began to be institutionalized as a state and the sufficient number of Jewish population
was assured for this. The Jewish terrorist organizations came to consensus and declared
the establishment of a state called “Israel”. Shortly after that, it was recognized formally
by the UN and a significant part of the Palestinian territories was given by the UN
Assembly Resolution 181 to the so-called state shaped by the terrorist organizations.

Is There A Difference Between The Zionist Occupation and The Crusader


Invasion?

As summarized above, the emergence of a state called Israel was possible only through
occupation which is not different from the Crusader invasion. Therefore it is unlawful like
the Crusader invasion and is based on injustices. It was carried out by inhumane
terrorism, brutality and forced immigration like the Crusader invasion. Today, to protect
and carry on its existence, this state still uses the same means it used in its
establishment. As a result, Israel is not only a state that was established by terrorist
organizations but “is a terrorist state”. The Crusades, while being carried out during a
period of 88 years, did not achieve legitimacy and came to an end. In spite of all the
efforts by the international forces to make it legal, the occupying state of Israel is not
going to be legalized either.

Palestine: Stranger in Its Motherland

The establishment of the occupying state of Israel, which was achieved with the help and
support of the international imperialism, led millions of Palestinians to become refugees
in their homeland. All the properties of the Palestinians, owned in legal ways, were seized
by violence. The Zionist terrorist groups applied the same methods used by the Nazis
against Jews in Europe. They killed some Palestinians, took the dead bodies to the
Palestinian cities by trucks and threatened others. The lands and houses of the
Palestinians who had been forced to immigrate by these methods, were registered as
“having no owner” and sold to Jewish immigrants at symbolic prices or for free.

People Who Long for Their Homeland

Millions of Palestinians, who were forced to migrate by occupation and deforcement, are
dispersed in different countries today. Most of them live in refugee camps formed in
Palestine or other neighbouring Arab countries. Because Gaza, West Bank and East
Jerusalem were not occupied then, some of the immigrants settled in these cities. For
example two third of the Gaza’s population today consists of Palestinians who became
refugees after 1948 and their offsprings. A lot of refugees still live in the refugee camps in
Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Most of them were born in those camps. Especially in the
camps in Lebanon and Jordan, people live under extremely poor and unhealthy
conditions. They live longing for home each and every day. In sum, one of the most
important aspects of the question of Palestine is the problem of refugees.

The Priority of the Palestinian Cause

Palestine has a special priority not only for the Palestinian people but also for the entire
Islamic world. If its meaning is grasped, the priority of the Palestinian cause will be
understood. However the international powers, in order to hold back the Muslim people
from upholding this cause, attempt to introduce the question of Palestine to the world as
an Arab-Israeli conflict or a Middle Eastern issue for years. Now it is time to notice this
delusion and defend the Palestinian cause with an awareness of the brotherhood in faith.
The Palestinian issue is prior, first of all, because of its position in the Tawhid struggle and
hence being mentioned as “fertile land” in the Qur’an. Secondly, Masjid al-Aqsa, the first
qibla in Islam, is located in Palestine. These two reasons also served it in being the place
of the Night Journey of the Prophet (pbuh). Its role as the venue of the Night Journey
gives it a special status and importance from our perspective. Another reason for its
priority for us is that it is entrusted by its conquerors to the Muslim generations following
them till the last day. Fifthly, it has a strategic significance. It has been influential
throughout history and therefore virtually the mirror of the entire ummah. It can be said
that the interests of the international imperialist powers meet jointly in Palestine today
and therefore the Palestinian cause should be given precedence in order to prevent the
plans against Muslim societies. Another reason that gives priority to the Palestinian cause
is its being the vessel for the tawhid inheritance of the messengers. Palestine, the
homeland of dozens of prophets including Prophet Abraham and Prophet Moses, belongs
to the believers in Tawhid.

Did the Palestinians Sell Their Land?

Before the establishment of Israel, the Jews had a land of 2 million acres of the Palestinian
territories that made up 28 million acres. In other words they owned only 7% of all
Palestinian land. They bought 650.000 acres of these territories during the Ottoman
Empire times; 1.200.000 acres were donated by the British occupiers; and 800.000 acres
were sold by the British at unimportant prices. The remaining territories that were not
able to be sold by this method were taxed heavily. In addition, 2.400.000 acres of the land
were bought from the Arabs from Lebanon and Syria who owned property in Palestine. In
the territories acquired by the Jews till 1948 that compose 7/8 of all territories,
Palestinians had no involvement. The Jews bought 250.000 acres which correspond to
0.9% of all Palestinian territory from the Palestinians themselves. Moreover, those who
sold their land faced severe reactions from the people and had to leave the country. Now
let us compare the percentage of the sold territories to the whole country and the number
of the Palestinians who sold their properties to the whole Palestinian population: While
making a judgement about a community, would you prefer deciding based on the
behavior of the 0, 9 % of the population or that of the %99, 1? Furthermore, because the
Palestinians who sold their territory to the Jews were excluded from the community, they
do not have any affiliation with those who struggle for the Islamic identity of Palestine
today.

Palestine’s “War of Independence”

The struggle being carried on by the Palestinian people is not a violent act aimed toward
gaining dominance but a battle to save their motherland from occupation. In other words,
it is a war of independence. The reasons that justify and legitimize the Turkish war of
independence are also true for the struggle in Palestine. The motives that rationalize the
struggles of the oppressed people in Bosnia, Chechenya or any occupied land are
applicable to the Palestinian struggle as well.

Supporting those who Support Masjid al-Aqsa


The responsibility of supporting Masjid al-Aqsa and the struggle it symbolizes would lead
us to ask the following question to ourselves: how much do we support those who support
Masjid al-Aqsa? Some take risks to defend this sacred place and make sacrifices and face
difficulties to protect it. In fact, they act in this way on behalf of all Muslims who are
responsible of protecting that holy place.
Yet, how much do we support them while they defend the holy temple in the name of us
and all Muslims? First of all, can we say frankly that they are right in their struggle and
each and every human being should support them in their right cause? Rather, if we dare
blame those people before history based on the misinformation transmitted us and are
misled by their portrayal as terrorists, it means that we are making a big mistake.

A State Which Needs War to Survive

The Zionist state that occupied Masjid al-Aqsa and the region where it is located
constantly calls for violence and war to maintain its existence. Consequently its short
history is full of six wars and plenty of massacres. Yet it is not satisfied with the ones it
committed till now and therefore keeps committing new ones. The most important reason
for this is its lack of legitimate foundations. Like the Crusades, since it lacks legitimate
bases, it needs constant violence, attacks and fights to survive. So, we can simply
conclude that the occupying state of Israel is an institutionalized terrorist organization.

Massacre is a Pleasure for Israel

An Israeli official killed a 13-year-old Palestinian girl named Iman Al-Hism in Rafah
Refugee camp on the 5th of October in 2004. The official claimed that he killed the child
because she might have a bomb in her bag. This assertion demonstrates how easy killing
is for an Israeli soldier since it is possible to suspect every child having a bomb in his/her
bag. How could we possibly talk about the safety of the Palestinian children if a suspicion
like this may be the reason for murder? What is more, he emptied the whole charger of
his gun that included 20 bullets onto the girl after he had wounded Iman el-Hism and she
had fallen on the ground. 1/3 of the Palestinian civilian people who have been killed since
2000 are children.

A State Legalizing Torture

Torture is an act that is decried by all religions, is rejected by all judicial systems and is
prohibited in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. International law does not
approve torture even on the captives of war and regards it as a war crime. However,
Israel has legalized torture on the Palestinian prisoners and captives. Strangely enough,
UN, the overseer of the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
does not even need to discuss in its agenda the Israeli law that gives permission for
torture to the police and intelligence service called Shin-Bet.
A great number of Palestinians died as a result of the tortures they were exposed to.
These incidents are proved not only by the institutions in Palestine but also by the reports
of Betselim, an Israeli Institution of Human Rights. Israeli courts do not need to
investigate these death incidents and the international organizations keep silent.

DUNGEONS, THE COGWHEEL OF ZIONISM


The most important dimension of Israel’s cruelity towards Palestinians is capture and
imprisonment. Today, 20% of Palestinian population have once been in Israeli prisons.
This fact was obtained through a research done in 2005. This means that one of every
five Palestinian has been in Israeli prisons and thus at least one or two from every
Palestinian family has been in prison and tortured. At present, there are more than 10.000
Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and about 1000 of them are women and
150 are children.

Palestinian prisoners and captives are under very bad conditions in prisons. Some of them
are in open-air prisons in Nakab Desert and some kept in big numbers in very small cells.
Health services are not sufficient. Prisoners with chronic diseases are deprived of basic
health services. Most of the time, they have unhealthy food.

Racist Wall of Separation

The main injustice in the West Bank is the wall of shame that is about to finish. Israel
feels itself so comfortable in building this wall thanks to the silence of the world
community. Although decisions of condemnation have occasionally been taken and it has
been declared that the building of this wall is against human rights, there has been no
real action to stop its building. So Israel continued to build it and completed greater part
without any reaction.
At this point it must be asked why the contemporary world that discussed about the
Berlin Wall, considered it as a wall of shame and saw its destruction as a very important
issue is silent about this wall of shame built in Palestinian lands. Or are they silent
because this wall is built for the benefit of a government protected by the US politics? If it
is so, isn’t it hypocrisy?

Secondly, this wall has been built in a region represented as Palestine in the UN
resolutions, seizing Palestinian estates in illegal ways. So this wall is contrary to all UN
resolutions about this district. Therefore, UN, in the first place, should have intervened
and stopped the construction of the wall. But UN has never intervened or put restrictions
or even bothered to put the construction of this wall on its agenda. When we compare the
attitude of the UN in the implementation of its various embargo and political pressure
decisions and its attitude on the wall in Palestine, we notice the double standard.
Thirdly, this wall is a source of extreme injustice and violations. Above all, for the
construction of the wall thousands acres of land were taken unjustly from the landlords.
Also, this wall has divided a lot of residential area, inhabited by Palestinians, in the
middle. In some regions the villages are divided such that a part of it is left in one side of
the wall while the other part in the other. In some cases, social institutions such as
schools and hospitals lay inside the wall while the residential places remain outside. the
villages have been divided in a way that some parts of the village have been in front of
the wall and some behind Also in some regions houses are outside the wall whilst the land
is inside or vice versa.

The Democratic Model of Imperialism for Palestine


It is very clear that freewill is eliminated and rather compulsion is practiced in the
democratic models offered to Muslim people. This manner has clearly manifested itself
against Palestinian people. It was expected that the democratic model offered to the
Palestinian people would allow an election that legitimized the occupation defended by
the modern imperialism. For this, free will would have to be eliminated. Imperialism, in
one respect, said to the Palestinian people “either you do what we want or you are
considered as having chosen the embargo.” Therefore Palestinian people are punished for
granting power to Hamas freely in the 2006 elections. Since then, they have been
condemned to a collective punishment through every means including economic
embargo.

Palestinian People Enclosed in Shi’b al-Ibrahim


The treatment imposed on the Palestinian people today was practiced also against those
who gathered around Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he invited them to Islam. They
were secluded in the area called Shib al-Abdilmuttalib (the valley of Abdilmutttalib) only
because they used their free will. Today Palestinian people are also secluded in Shib al-
Ibrahim, the province of Prophet Abraham (pbuh) who moved to Palestine after
proclaiming Tawhid and put his mark on this land. Palestinian people confront huge
problems due to the embargo today. The inhumane isolation and embargo in Mecca were
broken by some merciful people who were not among believers that day. Today there is
no excuse for Muslims all over the world for being silent about the isolation and embargo
put on the Palestinian people. It is necessary to make this embargo and isolation
ineffective by overcoming all difficulties and obstacles.

Will the Palestinian Children always be Alone?


All the humanity witnessed the heartbreaking scene where Muhammad was killed by
Israeli soldiers while trying to hide behind his father. Everyone heard that the Israeli
judges justified Iman al-Hims’s case in which he was shot by twenty bullets. Apart from
these two incidents, numerous children were killed or injured by Israeli soldiers. Sadly,
they were not able to find anyone who would protect or give an ear to them. There are
tens of thousand of orphans whose fathers were killed in Palestinian lands today. Also
tens of thousands of children live apart from their fathers who are kept in prisons.
Hundreds of thousands of children in refugee camps survive under very poor and
unhealthy conditions. Would these children always be alone? Would not anyone give a
hand to them? Would not an orphan hold the hand of a fatherly person? There are many
people having property. Let’s think: if each of us holds a child’s hand, helps him regularly
to afford his expenses every month and favor him in lightening his burdens, then so many
children would be supported. So they would feel themselves safer and look at the future
safer.

Destitution is not Their Choice


Destitution, suffering and misery are not the choice of those people. They are faced with
these miseries because of the injustices imposed on them. They face these difficulties
probably because they defend the sacred entities, historical values and the identity of
that holy land. If they had given away their land or sold it as is claimed, they would not be
suffering like this. Yet, they counter all these difficulties and uphold the values of the
ummah. It would mean twofold injustice to leave them alone and to approve the blames
against them ignoring these facts.

To be the Guardian of the Unguarded


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “I am the guardian of the unguarded”. Today those who
follow his path must uphold his Sunnah. Those who are able must put this sunnah into
practice by being the guardian of the unguarded. Today the dismayed people in Palestine
need guardianship more than anyone else. We can even say that Palestinian people are a
people without any protector. The world community ignores them. The Muslim countries
ignore them. The Muslim communities do not actively take any step for them. This
indifference leads them to suffer more and more. Today we can be their guardians and
share their sorrows by caring for their orphans, giving alms to the poor and supporting
the sincere activities for their sake. We must keep in the mind that any good deed done
for the sake of Allah will be rewarded.

For Lasting Solutions


It is important to find lasting solutions to solve the problem of the Palestinian people. We
need this kind of stable solutions in order to save them from the miserable and needy
position they are in. First of all, we have to understand their problems thoroughly and
defend their just cause in order to take steps on the way to find any solution. For
example; unless the right of the refugees to return to their homeland is accepted,
hundreds of thousands of people would be obliged to survive in refugee camps under
extremely bad conditions in need of others’ help. They should be supported in their claim
to return to their homeland if they are to be saved from this situation.
The most effective way of producing permanent solutions for the problems of the orphans
and the needy in Gaza and giving them self-dependence is to make investments in the
region and create employment opportunities. On the other hand, emergency relief should
not be ignored and the people should be backed until these employment opportunites are
created.
Humanity is dying in Gaza

Palestinians gave Hamas the political power and the role of leadership in 2006 elections
because it resisted against the Zionists on behalf of the entire Islamic world and made big
sacrifices during this resistance. The fact that a group that they regarded as enemy came
to power shocked Israel, its Western allies and some Arab countries. So, the Palestinian
people began to be isolated after these elections which unveiled many seemingly ally
regimes. The parties not only parted their ways with Hamas government instead of
finding a way of consensus but also gave open support to the opposition party. It is for
their political interest to make chaos out of any political difference among Palestinian
people. The imperialists who have insisted in rejecting ruling Hamas since 2006 have cut
relationships, put economic embargo and organized military attacks for two years. The
efforts by external powers which support the alternative of a two-headed Palestine
increased the tension that could lead to a civil war among Palestinian groups. The trouble
created in the country by the collaborators necessitated the intervention by Hamas to
stop the fire in Gaza. The fact that Gaza has been under Hamas’ control since then
annoyed the Zionists and their friends. The Palestinian people who are sentenced to
death through increasing pressures and attacks since the beginning of 2008 have given
up neither the resistance nor their elected government.

Do We Have the Right to be Indifferent?


Are the facts that we are used to the scenes in Palestine, the events are repeated over
and over again and thus become normal, these people are ignored by the world, the
history is twisted and many lies are made up about them sufficient reasons for us to be
indifferent? None of these take the burden off our shoulders. For, we are responsible
because, first, we are humanbeings and second we are Muslims. We have to be aware of
our responsibilities and think about what we can do. Then we will see that there are many
things to do.
It is an opportunity to find reliable connections which would help us to support them. Let’s
make use of these opportunities. After finding these kinds of means, we will have no
excuse to be insensitive anymore.

We are all Palestinians


Palestine belongs to all of us and we are all Palestinians. We have to uphold this cause all
together. Palestinian people fight against not only the Zionist occupation but also modern
imperialism. To ignore this fight means ignoring the future of all Muslim socities because
modern imperialism gives importance to the continuation of the Zionist occupation in
terms of many plans and projects about the future of Muslim communities. To spoil these
plans is possible only through sincerely supporting the Palestinian cause.