For Arab Spring Islamists, Gaza Has Been Forgotten

Article Summary
The Arab Spring revolutions have produced several Islamist governments. Unlike the Islamists of old, these new parties, which now control Tunisia and Egypt, have adopted "moderate" approaches to politics. According to Amin Abou Chehab, they are nothing but Western puppets who have forgotten the central Arab cause: the liberation of Palestine.

The political events unfolding in the Arab region will determine whether the Arab Spring was a game-changing, dynamic "revolutionary" event emanating from the will of the Arab people, or a "pre-determined" event that was tailor-made to suit foreign interests.

As events unfold in the region, the word "revolution" is likely to become further separated from the Arab Spring, especially in light of the political action taken on certain critical issues. The pertinent questions are: What are the “revolutionary” policies of the new regime? Will the new regime be different from the former ones, or will it be a mere continuation with insignificant changes? Where will the “revolutionary” policy stand in regard to foreign relations and central Arab causes?

The strangest thing about the so-called Arab Spring is that it lacks the "revolutionary" aspect that was the ostensible reason behind its eruption in the first place. Instead, the political reality reflects a moderate orientation. This political moderation, however, is unnatural. It was designed to meet Western requirements for the Arab region.

The leaders of the Arab Spring are the moderate Islamic forces, as they are called by the West. Having undergone many ideological transformations over the past few years, the new "mild" Islamic forces emerging from the Arab Spring only reflect Western politics, which is further proof of their alliance with the West. The so-called Arab Spring is nothing but a major fraud.

The masses have cast their votes in favor of political Islam, but they were not aware of its new penchant for moderation, a Western requirement, nor of its intellectual and political transformations. People voted for these movements based on their political and ideological positions toward the major crises of Arab peoples at the political, economic, social and identity levels.
"Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Qur’an is our law, and death for the sake of Allah is our highest aspiration." This was the Islamist campaign slogan. The majority of Arab people believed that, once in power, the Qur’an-led Islamists would be more concerned with questions of Islamic identity, dignity, independence and the liberation of holy sites.

Over the past few decades, Islamists played a major role in the Palestinian arena, so people expected that the Palestinian cause would return to the top of the Arab political agenda when they came to power. However, this was not the case. Islamists have confusing and ambiguous positions regarding the Palestinian cause. A lot of leaked information revealed that some Islamic movements held discussions and interviews with the Israeli media. Finally, it turned out that Egyptian Islamist parties were following in the footsteps of the former regime by adhering to the Camp David Accords.

Gaza has been besieged for seven years now. However, following the Islamist victory in Egypt, Gaza endured the most severe blockade in its history: Egyptian power supplies were cut off during the coldest winter days. This is, in the most basic definition of the word, a shame.

Gaza is the Arab conscience’s worst nightmare. The ongoing Judaization of Jerusalem is the most tangible proof of Arab incompetence. The most damning test of the Arab Spring’s ineffectiveness was the latest Israeli attack on Gaza.

The silence of Islamic forces before this horrible aggression on Gaza is further proof that, following the Arab Spring, the Palestinian cause has lost its central position at the heart of Arab rhetoric. These confusing stances toward the Palestinian cause raises many questions about the future of Palestine in light of political Islam’s new ideology. Even Hamas, which refrains from responding to the continuous Israeli attacks on Gaza, represents these political Islamic forces at both the intellectual and organizational levels.

Found in: political islam, palestinian cause, palestinian, muslim brotherhood, israel aggressions, israel, islamists, gaza, arab spring

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