On the occasion of Eid, Kashmiris with united and univocal voice supported their oppressed brethren: “I’m from Kashmir and I support Palestine.”
By Sameer Dar
KASHMIRI twitter and timeline is currently bleeding with Palestine solidarity.
The online tribute started after Tel Aviv stormed Masjid Al Aqsa followed by aerial bombing on Gaza.
“It’s Eid here in Kashmir but it doesn’t feel like it,” Mohammad Abrar, a twitter user said.
“The chaos happening in the world due to the pandemic has left us all shaken. The misery has been compounded by attacks on civilians in Palestine by Israeli terrorists. Our thoughts are with our Muslim brothers. #PalestineBleeding.”
This act of solidarity is stemming from the region which shares its postcolonial political umbilical cord with Palestine.
For their faraway ‘conflict cousins’, K-twitter, this Eid, replaced their signature festive greetings with the message of support and solidarity.
“How long will you keep them in the chains of slavery?” asked a Kashmiri twitter user.
“Inshallah, they will soon be gone.”
This virtual support, reportedly gagged by the ‘Zionist bots’, online hounds and fake-news peddlers, is pouring when Covid curbs have enforced another lockdown in the valley.
Despite grounded life, reports of solidarity protest came from the fringes of the summer capital, on day two of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Speaking for Palestine is our moral duty,” said another Kashmiri netizen.
“We as Muslims are duty bound to call Israel for its Genocide in #Gaza #Palestine. We have to make sure we make Settlers responsible for every single tear that falls from the eyes of people of Palestine. #GenocideinGaza #IsraelTerrorist.”
Earlier, many Kashmiri linked Zionist aggression on the fasting Muslims of Sheikh Jarrah (a neighbourhood in Jerusalem, an epicenter of the current escalation over Muslim evictions) and Gaza with Israeli premier’s another desperate power hunt.
“As Netanyahu fails to form a government after the expiry of a 28-day deadline on May 07, a new aggression is orchestrated to dodge the elections by using Palestinian blood as a diversion,” wrote Azhar Hussain, a K-twitter user, while taking part in the trending #PalestineBleeding campaign.
Apart from commoners, some prominent Kashmiri voices are equally throwing their weight behind the solidarity campaign.
“Palestine is not only a Muslim goal but also a humanitarian cause,” said Masroor Ansari, a Kashmiri religious figure.
“Every worthy and decent human being should stand in solidarity with Palestinians. We condemn Israel’s ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem. #WeStandWithPalestine.”
To raise concern over the Zionist aggression on innocent Palestinians, many Kashmiris also shared some disturbing ground visuals.
But as Israeli airpower is relentlessly blowing residences in Gaza, with America’s “right to defend” vocal support, the harrowing images, as United Nations fears, are only setting the stage for “full-scale war”.
“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity,” another Kashmiri netizen denouncing the Zionist violence said.
The current escalation, however, hasn’t dampened the festive spirit. Many Kashmiris shared pictures showing how beleaguered Palestinians are observing Eid in the backdrop of their residence-turned-ruin sites.
Much of that solidarity, many say, has to do with Kashmir’s own culture of resilience — upholding the spirit of gaiety amid gloom.
Others while turning the pages of history shared the images of 1947 when war-torn Jews first arrived in Palestine.
“After wholeheartedly welcoming them, the refuges turned settlers since then are only evicting natives from their homeland in the name of the so-called Promised Land.”
Kashmiris are expressing this solidarity when Palestinians in different cities are facing their own “Kristallnacht” moment—the Night of Broken Glass—by the neo-Nazis of Israel—whose forefathers faced the similar attacks from German Nazis in different Europeans cities in the run-up of World War-II—when properties and people were attacked in a vengeful huff.
But then, the “real Jews” were quick to condemn the act of “Zionist Jews”, saying that by the end Palestinian flag will unfurl over the entire region.
One of the heartbreaking moments of the current aggression, however, remains the plight of children.
Apart from killing around three dozen of them in Gaza, the bombing is terrifying the young survivors — most of whom are abandoning their homes with their parents as Israel is mobilizing ground force along with the aerial aggression.
Expressing concern over this existential crisis, Kashmiris shared images of the Palestinian children caught in conflict.
Amid all this, the nation which popularized the culture of graffiti is once again using the writing on the wall to send a strong message to the world: “Dear World! We don’t need sympathy. We need action.”
And the denizens of the land where Palestinian struggle always find resonance are only magnifying the telling images.
With death toll rising in Zionist war crimes on Gaza, many Kashmiris are likening UN with ‘a wolf in disguise’, for once again acting as ‘sissy and spineless’ — like its ex-avatar, called League of Nations.
In the midst of anger and anguish, Kashmiris linked the current carnage with the real dream of Zionist state of Israel.
“It is not religious expedition or saving Jews,” a Kashmiri twitter user said. “Zionist are trying to expand their territory and occupy land.”
But as the current crisis is escalating and apparently heading towards the full-blown war, some Kashmiris believe that involvement of Iran-Turkey against Israel is only a matter of time now.
At the end of the day, what made this Kashmiri solidarity campaign heartfelt was the teary-eyed Eid prayers for the twins — Divided by borders, united by pain.
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