by Iqbal Jassat
As global solidarity movements in support of Palestine’s freedom struggle begin preparations for the annual Quds Day commemoration, America’s new regime under President Joe Biden remains stuck in the mud.
Each year, the last Friday of the month of Ramadan is dedicated to raise awareness about the illegal dispossession, occupation and ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the Zionist apartheid regime.
Quds Day, as it was called for by the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini, has galvanised civil rights movements across the world to support and sustain action programs to free Palestine from the yoke of Zionist colonialism.
This year promises to see an intensification of activities and events.
Given Israel’s belligerence, arrogant display of bigotry and repudiation of civilised values, it is doubtful that support for its racist policies which subjugates Palestinians in ghettos, will be sustained for too long.
Ethnic cleansing, the crime of apartheid, war crimes and defiance of international conventions are parts of a catalogue of horrors which for decades have become synonymous with Israel.
And as hideous state-sponsored terror is unleashed on a daily basis in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and across the rest of 1948 Palestine by Zionist-linked settler-colonialists, the world cringes in horror.
Israel’s notorious security agencies ranging from Shin Bet to Mossad have long since eclipsed the terror associated with South Africa’s apartheid-era killers.
That they commit crimes in the full knowledge of their political masters and with the complicity of the regime’s occupation forces, euphemistically called the IDF, in broad daylight, is symbolic of tyranny and despotism.
Having enjoyed immunity from prosecution during the Trump era, it believes that this will continue under the Biden regime.
So far, all indications are that despite grandstanding by Republicans and Democrats, Israel’s status as a “holy cow” remains unchanged.
They may differ on a whole range of issues but not Israel.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s latest statement that he anticipates more “normalization” agreements with Israel, attests to this.
Speaking at the Israeli embassy’s virtual celebration of ‘Independence Day’, or Yom Haatzmaut, Blinken made it clear, “the United States welcomes and supports the recent normalization agreements.”
Referring to the discredited “Abraham Accords” imposed by the Trump regime on four Arabian dictatorships, Blinken unashamedly pledged to sustain the corruption-laden normalization push.
“We will continue to urge more countries to normalize relations with Israel — and will look for other opportunities to expand cooperation among countries in the region. As a result, I expect Israel’s group of friends to grow even wider in the year ahead,” he declared.
Servitude to Israel which was the hallmark of Trump and his team of right-wing zealots, is continuing unabashedly under Biden.
Those who naively believed that replacing Trump with a Democrat would put the brakes on Israel’s wanton defiance should snap back to reality.
Under Trump, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain established full ties with Israel, and Sudan and Morocco launched the process.
And those who had foolishly hoped that Biden would not maintain the incentives to normalize relations with Israel have had rude awakening.
The latest example of the sale of stealth combat aircraft to the UAE being given the green light illustrates that the White House is unlikely to leverage any incentive to disadvantage Israel.
At a time when atrocities perpetrated by the Zionist rogue regime are documented and broadcast via mainstream as well as social media platforms by human rights NGOs in Israel, it is striking to note that the Biden regime has chosen to turn a blind eye.
Though bias against Palestine is reflected in the White House, rumblings of discontent against Israel’s genocidal policies are being heard in the Senate, Congress, Academia, Universities and colleges.
Quds Day commemorations in cities across America will undoubtedly add to the demand for effective and drastic steps in defence of Palestinian rights.
So too is the expectation of rallies and protest meetings under the banner of Quds Day across many parts of the world including South Africa.
Iqbal Jassat is Executive Member with the Media Review Network in Johannesburg, South Africa