TODAY’S MESOP OPINION : Duality of Arabs towards Kurdistan–Israel Oil Deal

By Kaziwa Salih —  Kaziwa Salih, a Kurdish writer based in Canada, she is a publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010 she founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books and has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Salih has been chosen as the 2014 PEN Writer-in-Residence in the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies at George Brown College.

August 19, 2014- ekurd net – Iraqi authorities and some Arab politicians were swift, lunching a media- war against Kurds as a consequence of the recent oil trade between Kurdistan and Israel. They consider this deal to be an immense treason toward the Palestinian conflict. This allegation represents Arab duality, first to Palestinian cause and second to their political perspectives of the new world order. It indicates their unworthy analyzation of the Kurd-Arab relevance on one hand, and the Kurd- Israel historical affiliation on the other.

Arab leaders and their politicians’ concern about Palestine issue comes to light only throughout their political crisis and election time, using it as pretext to mislead citizens of what so called Pan-Arabism having a unified voice. Veracity confirms contradictions of their assertions, the amount of funds poured into terrorist groups by certain Arab countries, unnecessary spending on luxuries can put an end to poverty in Palestinian territories; can provide a better health care to Palestinians, and better education for children. Yet, if Iraq’s al-Maliki administration that is threatening to take legal action against Oil buyers were mandated to select between Palestine and Iran to aid, he would pick Iran with no hesitation. Palestinians are fully conscious of this double standard.

Historically proven, that Kurds are the only people on this planet, which are not revengeful towards their persecutors and extend a peaceful hand to them. Believing peace and democracy are only appropriate approaches leading the new world order. However, it seems, this benevolence is too hard to digest by Arab oppressors. In fact, if you ask Arab individuals why they hate Jews, their excuse would hold on Palestine issue. Even though Arabs have killed Kurds persistently, and genocide them, they assume not to only praise their governments, but also support them and fight for their aim. This duality of Arab determination on political stages is corresponded to lack of political sage and competence. Likewise, obviously since persecutors of Kurds do not accept multi-religious society. They do not acknowledge the fact that Kurdish society is multi-religious. Including Jews, Christians, Bahai, Yezidi and Muslims are practicing their beliefs freely. This indicates that Kurds neither have Jewphobia nor hatred toward other religion. For the Kurdish Jews was a double jeopardy. They were persecuted for their belief and nationality by Iraqi government. They were forcibly displaced and deported to Israel. Thus, Kurdish Jewish community is one of the largest in Israel and prospering. In contrast to Kurds in Middle East Kurds in Israel are protected. This historical event bonded the Kurdish-Israel relation.

Arab society and Iraqi administration particularly should rethink of the way they are pursuing other none Arab communities and forcing them to have similar view against Israel and Jews. They should stop exposing their hate speech on other communities; stop misusing Palestinians’ pain. For centuries Muslim and Arab nations in Middle East are unhappy with western countries and America; unhappy with Israel; unhappy with Kurds, Coptic, Assyrian, Chaldean and all other none Arabs and non-Muslims. Ultimately they are unhappy with themselves and killing each other. This consequence confirms their dogmatic political perceptive of the new world order, therefore, it needs political reconstruction that depicts peace and democratic conclusions.