Michel Moushabeck: War sets humanity back

Published: 07/03/2022 17:00:44 Modified: 07/03/2022 17:00:10 Like many of you, I was glued to the news last week after Russian...


Published: 07/03/2022 17:00:44

Modified: 07/03/2022 17:00:10

Like many of you, I was glued to the news last week after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s senseless, illegal and immoral war against neighboring Ukraine.

As a Palestinian whose family has been displaced and exiled, it is easy for me to identify with the suffering of the Ukrainian people and to feel their anger towards the invading Russian army. The fear, the indiscriminate bombing, the destruction, the scenes of women and children taking refuge in subways and underground shelters, and the ensuing massive refugee crisis are all too familiar to me.

War sets humanity back. In my book, all leaders – from Putin to Bush, Netanyahu to Assad – who drop bombs and kill civilians are war criminals. What was unimaginable is now a reality. In a welcome change from the past, American and European leaders suddenly began to use the long-lost words and language of international law. They rightly invoke “international law” to condemn Putin’s aggression – something we haven’t seen when violations of international law have been committed elsewhere in the world.

I often wonder why we choose to selectively condemn violations of international law and human rights? How can we clearly see the bombing of Ukraine, but not see the bombing of Yemen? How come we shout against the Russian occupation, but remain silent about the Israeli occupation? How can we open our borders to fleeing Ukrainian refugees, but close them to Syrian and other refugees?

A Palestinian cannot help wondering. How can America and Europe send arms to Ukraine to fight an occupier, while sending arms to Israel to support its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands? How can the West resist Putin’s crimes while supporting Israeli apartheid crimes?

And finally, as we all focus on Russia, let’s not lose sight of what’s happening here at home with neo-burners, attempts by state legislatures to ban books, and anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation that they adopt in Florida and Texas.

Michael Moushabeck

Northampton



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