by Firoz Osman (News & Analysis, Crescent International Vol. 46, No. 11, Rabi' al-Thani, 1439)
The December 6 announcement by US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the “capital” of Israel is a major step forward for the Zionist project since the infamous Balfour declaration of 1917, whereby the British created Israel in historical Palestine from the rib of terrorism.
A primary objective of the Zionist Project, which emanated from Europe ,was to occupy and control Palestine, and to dominate the region as a bastion of Western civilization. This colonial project received the support of the white supremacist government in the US, and right-wing extremist parties in Europe.
The outcry by the aggrieved in the Arab and Muslim World and their pleas for justice will be of no effect. The rulers of the regional Arabian regimes are more concerned in salvaging and securing their illegitimate thrones and power base rather than worry about the fate of Jerusalem where al-Masjid al-Aqsa, the first qiblah of the Muslims is located.
Most of them have bought into the fraudulent US and Saudi-created “threat” that Iran allegedly poses, relegating the just cause of the hapless Palestinians to total irrelevance. The plan now is to form this grand alliance against the resistance movements and Iran, the only bulwark against their hegemony.
In this endeavour the US and Israel have bought the cooperation of the young, ambitious, murderous, and reckless Saudi crown prince, Bin Salman (BS). His profile fits neatly with the erratic and war-mongering nature of Trump and Netanyahu.
The complicity of the Palestinian Authority with Israel in pursuing the illusion of a “peace process” has come to a dead end. The fraud of a “two-state” solution is glaringly evident. There is no alternative but to return to the time-honored and internationally sanctioned armed resistance against the heinous oppression by Israel.
For the Zionists there will be no Israel without Jerusalem. And there will be no Jerusalem without the building of the Temple of Solomon inside the 35-acre al-Aqsa Masjid compound referred to as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, by Muslims, and as the Temple Mount by Jews.
Theodor Herzl, an Austrian Jew, developed in 1896 the ethnic-cleansing racist colonial ideology of Zionism. Its main goal was the establishment of the Greater Israel Project in the heart of the Arab and Muslim world, extending from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq, as a Jewish-only homeland for what is termed the “Jewish People.”
The racism of political Zionism is a perfectly coherent system that inspires all the laws and practices of Israel. It encompasses all the odious characteristics of colonialism including ethnic cleansing, regular massacres, bombardment of entire civilian populations, wars of aggression, dispossession, exile, systematic ra-cism, apartheid, and destabilisation.
With a massive infusion of financial, diplomatic and military help from the colonial powers the Zionists accomplished this project to establish the state of Israel on colonized Palestinian land after the genocide and ethnic-cleansing of a majority of Palestinian Arabs, both Christian and Muslim.
Significantly for the Zionist Project, the disintegration of the Ottoman Sultanate fragmented Islam’s Arab heartland into some 40 weak and dependent territories and oil-rich protectorates.
Jerusalem, which houses the Aqsa compound, belonged to the international community under the administration of the UN. It was granted this special status for its importance to the three Abrahamic faiths.
The illegal Israeli control of East Jerusalem, including the Old City, which Israel occupied in 1967, violates several principles of international law, which outlines that an occupying power does not have sovereignty in the territory it occupies. In fact, Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations (HR) states that a “territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.”
According to their common Article 2, the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 apply to any territory occupied during international hostilities. They also apply in situations where the occupation of state territory meets with no armed resistance.
The UN Charter and the law known as jus ad bellum regulate the legality of any particular occupation. Once a situation exists that factually amounts to an occupation the law of occupation applies — whether or not the occupation is considered lawful.
Therefore, for the applicability of the law of occupation, it makes no difference whether an occupation has received Security Council approval, what its aim is, or indeed whether it is called an “invasion,” “liberation,” “administration,” or “occupation.” As the law of occupation is primarily motivated by humanitarian considerations, it is solely the facts on the ground that determine its application. The Zionist entity claims to derive its legitimacy from the UN General Assembly vote of November 1947. Yet since its illegal implantation in Palestine, the Zionists have done everything to repudiate every law, every UN resolution, whether passed by the Security Council or the General Assembly, in their relentless drive of colonization. And this process involves the dispossession of Palestinians from their lands, including in Jerusalem.
Palestinians in the holy city (Jerusalem), who number around 400,000, hold only permanent residency status, not citizenship, despite being born there — in contrast with Jews who were not born in the city. And, since 1967, Israel has embarked on a quiet deportation of the city’s Palestinians by imposing virtually impossible conditions for them to fulfill so as to maintain their residency status.
Israel has also built at least 12 fortified Jewish-only illegal colonies in East Jerusalem, housing some 200,000 Israelis, while rejecting Palestinian building permits and demolishing their homes as punishment when they build their homes to prevent their collapse. The Zionists dub them “illegal.”
The city of Jerusalem is very important to Muslims, with a rich history intimately linked with prophetic history. Al-Masjid al-Aqsa holds immense significance in Islamic religious tradition and Muslims maintained the sacredness of this city in the full sense of the word, including maintaining the tolerant multi-religious and multi-faith character of Jerusalem.
The Zionists have distorted and misrepresented the history of the region established by Islam over the past 1,300 years. They have overturned the demography of Palestine, controlling and Judaizing the Old City and East Jerusalem as a whole.
The Trump declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shatters the illusion of the US as an “honest broker” interested in a just resolution of the illegal Israeli colonization of the Holy Land, the facade of an endless “peace process,” and the two-state solution.
The Zionist Project has taken a step forward in entrenching Israel as the forward base for Western imperialism intent on dominating the Muslim world. An intifa∂ah (uprising) against the oppressors, not only in Colonized Palestine, but also against the illegitimate Arabian rulers, is inevitable.
Dr. Firoz Osman is the co-author of, WHY ISRAEL? The Anatomy of Zionist Apartheid — A South African Perspective. He is Executive Member of the Media Review Network, an advocacy group based in Johannesburg, South Africa.