Gaza Genocide Exposes Weaknesses in World Order, Argues Dr. Salman Butt

The Gaza conflict, which began on October 7, 2023, has claimed tens of thousands of Palestinian lives, with women and children accounting for two-thirds of the casualties. The humanitarian crisis has displaced over 2 million individuals, causing a healthcare crisis and extensive damage to Gaza's infrastructure.

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Gaza Genocide Exposes Weaknesses in World Order, Argues Dr. Salman Butt

Gaza Genocide Exposes Weaknesses in World Order, Argues Dr. Salman Butt

The ongoing Gaza genocide has laid bare significant flaws in the current situation, according to Dr. Salman Butt in a recent contribution to Islamic Thought on Islam21c. The devastating conflict, which began on October 7, 2023, has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Palestinians, with women and children accounting for two-thirds of the casualties.

Why this matters: The Gaza genocide highlights the failure of the international community to prevent such atrocities and underscores the need for a re-evaluation of the current world order. The humanitarian crisis and devastating impact on the Palestinian population have far-reaching implications for global peace and security.

The Israeli military offensive in Gaza has intensified, despite international criticism and protests from families of hostages within Israel. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claim their objective is to target Hamas terrorists in Rafah, considered their last stronghold in the region. However, the conflict has had far-reaching consequences for the Palestinian population.

Over 2 million individuals have been displaced, and extensive damage to Gaza's infrastructure has precipitated a healthcare crisis, with a surge in communicable diseases, particularly among children. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) estimates that 2.2 million people in the Gaza Strip and 500,000 of the most vulnerable in the West Bank require humanitarian assistance, with an estimated $1.2 billion needed to deliver existing humanitarian services amid ongoing video.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented 443 attacks on healthcare facilities in the Gaza Strip, resulting in 723 fatalities, 924 injuries, damage to 101 facilities, and affecting 106 ambulances. The entire educational system in Gaza has been brought to a standstill, and the population faces a severe food crisis, escalating the risk of famine, which disproportionately affects vulnerable advance.

The United Nations has been instrumental in addressing the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, actively pursuing a peaceful resolution to the Question of Palestine. The Security Council recently approved a resolution on Gaza, demanding an immediate ceasefire and the unconditional release of all hostages. "This resolution must be implemented. Failure would be unforgivable..." stated a UN spokesperson.

UNRWA, described as "not only the backbone of the humanitarian operation in the Gaza Strip but also the glue that holds it together" by UN Wateridge, has been at the forefront of relief efforts. Countries like Algeria have contributed $15 million to support UNRWA's critical work in the region.

The Gaza genocide has exposed the international community's failure to prevent such atrocities and the weaknesses in the current world order. More than 200 humanitarian workers, including over 175 UN employees, have been killed in the first six months of the conflict. The devastating impact on the Palestinian population, the healthcare crisis, and the ongoing hostilities underscore the urgent need for a peaceful resolution and the implementation of the UN Security Council's resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages.

Key Takeaways

  • Tens of thousands of Palestinians killed, 2/3 women and children.
  • 2 million displaced, healthcare crisis, and surge in diseases.
  • $1.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in Gaza and West Bank.
  • 443 attacks on healthcare facilities, 723 fatalities, and 924 injuries.
  • UN demands immediate ceasefire and release of all hostages.