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Every child should be sitting in a classroom Malala!

If you closely assess and look back at the trauma you as a young girl personally experienced in your life, you will notice that you were shot because of hate.

Hate is used to spread fear. Fear is nothing but the absence of hope.

I agree with you when you say, “A Palestinian child should be sitting in a classroom, not in the rubble.”

But it is sad, as a global icon of peace, that you notice only the Palestinian child and not the fact that in this violence arising out of terrorism in the region even an Israeli child would not be sitting in a classroom but rubble.

Israel and Palestine have been in conflict for years. Peace is not the absence of conflict, as Galtung opined, it is the absence of violence in times of conflict.

I do not believe in violence and I certainly do not believe in terrorism. In Israel and Palestine violence that is intensified by the terrorism of Hamas, it is the innocence of life that is lost forever. Innocence on both sides of the warring walls.

Malala, the hypocrisy of your view is that you speak of protecting human rights. Do you mean to tell the people around the world that only the Palestinians have human rights to be protected and not the Israelis. Who has given you the gavel to judge who deserves to have its human rights protected or not?

I am intrigued by your statement on Twitter because I see it as a religiously bigoted point of view. And knowing the trauma you went through as a child, I expected you to see a humane touch from you, devoid of religious bigotry.

I understand that you are a Muslim. I also understand that the Palestinians are also Muslims. But are human rights, exclusive rights of the Islamic community globally or do you mean to tell me that only Islamists have the right to cry intolerance or play the victim in a conflict?

In this unfortunate conflict between Israel and Palestine, lives have been lost on both sides – women, children, and men. Hate and fear know no creed, caste, or demography. It only knows to silence hope in humans. In this conflict, a Muslim has died and a Jew has died, or maybe someone who does not have a religious identity. To this end, the violence persists because Israel and Palestine both want to establish their religious and demographic dominion over the region.

People often prefer to take sides in a conflict based on their prejudices. Sadly, it is in our prejudices that the seeds of hate are sowed which then grow into trees of conflict.

To save humanity we must see every human as a human and not through a lens of religious biases. Just as a Palestinian and Israeli is also human. An Israeli child needs to be in the classroom and not found in the rubble just as a Palestinian child.

Sometimes we fail to see the truth that in our actions of being peacemakers we actually act as a piece maker.

See the human, not the religion!

Eid Mubarak, Sister!

Savio Rodrigues

Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Goa Chronicle


Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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