The latest round of Israeli aggression has seen it all. If it has seen the Zionists at their vicious and wiliest worst, setting new precedents of inhumanity, ruthlessness and pure evil, it has also witnessed amazing grace, courage and fortitude in the line of fire, literally, from the other side.
The unarmed Palestinians have created new paradigms of resistance and heroic struggle
On the one hand, you have the entire US establishment led by Barack Obama, the proud recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, coming out in total and unequivocal support of Israel's genocidal war on an imprisoned, unprotected population.
On the other hand, some of the strongest and most vocal demonstrations against the genocide in Gaza have been held in Western capitals and cities, including in the Unites States, and not in the dazed Arab and Islamic world. The milk of human kindness hasn't completely dried up.
If following its glorious traditions, the US/Western media has continued to view this cold-blooded, calibrated ethnic cleansing of an indigenous population through its much-used blinkers, shutting out all reality, it is courageous, solitary voices in alternative media, bloggers and online crusaders of social media who have put their lives on line to report the truth. If Israel's crimes against humanity have generated global outrage and anger, it is despite the falsehood and double standards of the big media and thanks to the valiant, ceaseless efforts of these courageous soldiers of truth.
An agitated David Attenborough, the celebrated British environmentalist, noted, "I am unaware of any animal that is as cruel as Israelis — not even crocodiles. They bomb schools, hospitals, refugee camps, orphanages, UN feeding stations, water works, power plants, ambulances, kids playing on the beach.
They put millions of people in a siege. They shoot children going to school. They kidnap kids and harvest their organs. They inject prisoners with disease pathogens before releasing them.
They murder by land, sea and air and worst of all, they slander their defenceless victims as 'terrorists'." The United Nations, which was raised to protect the world peace, cannot protect people sheltered in its own offices and schools. Impotent international institutions stand and stare as Israel mocks and derides the collective global will and every humanitarian norm and convention.
Mighty world leaders with all the power and resources at their disposal watch on, as though it is a Hollywood thriller and not real carnage that is unfolding on their TV screens. As though it's not real flesh-and-blood people who are getting killed right before our eyes.
How long would you bewail and bemoan the global indifference when our own kind can barely shake their heads? If nothing else, in the past, you heard verbal protests against Israel from Arab and Muslim elites. Not this time. This time around, except for some solitary voices, deafening silence has greeted the mass slaughter and rape of all that is holy in this ancient, sacred land. Which for the Israelis was like a license to kill.
Yet, for all its brute military power and its utter ruthlessness demonstrated in the last month or so totally flattening Gaza, the Apartheid regime remains far from victorious.
The so-called Operation Protective Edge has left the Israelis with red faces all around, just as had been the case after the 2006 war on Lebanon. It is the Palestinians — battered, bruised and besieged from all sides as they are — who remain standing and far from vanquished.
As General Mirza Aslam Beg, former Pakistan Army chief points out, "Israeli war aim was to destroy Hamas' civil and military command structures and their hard core fighting brigades but the Israeli armed forces have failed to achieve even 10 per cent of their objective, which in military terms means defeat. Hamas has won, because the ideology of resistance cannot be defeated."
Noting that this is a grim fight between the two opposing and unequal forces, General Beg predicts: "The one with stronger will would prevail. Divine justice favours Hamas, while Israel is being condemned by the world at large."
So the Palestinians may find themselves isolated and friendless in their immediate neighbourhood but the larger world community, at least those blessed with a conscience, stands with them. No country on the face of earth is more loathed and despised today.
The tide has turned against Israel. And it will soon overwhelm and sweep off the racist, evil state founded on injustice and at gunpoint on stolen land. Just as the apartheid South Africa had been not long ago.
Last week, five South American nations — Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and El Salvador —demonstrated rare courage when they expelled Israeli envoys in protest over the terror unleashed on Gaza. One only wishes this solidarity with the Palestinians had come a tad earlier and been more concrete.
As Martin Luther King Jr warned, in the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Israel has lost both the battle and the war in the eyes of the world. In the words of Palestinian parliament, the Palestinians have "endured, resisted and won." And they have won against all odds and in spite of their friends. The spirit of freedom and resistance has once again triumphed against tyranny and colonialism.
The author is a Gulf based award winning journalist. All the views and opinions expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of Times of Oman.