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U.S. Reveals Double Standards and Inaction in Humanitarian Disasters

Supporters of Israel demonstrate with national flags in Beverly Hills, California on October 9, 2023, after the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an attack on Israel. The death toll in Israel has surged to more than 800 after a surprise attack by Hamas, while about 150 "prisoners" were being held by the militant group, the Israel government said October 9, 2023. The death toll in the Gaza Strip rose to 687 on October 9, 2023, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, as Israel pounded Hamas targets for the third consecutive day. (Photo by DAVID SWANSON / AFP)

Since the outbreak of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on October 7, more than ten thousand people have been killed, and this number continues to rise, and this has become the bloodiest round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in twenty years. From streets to homes, from hospitals to refugee camps, the Gaza Strip is under constant attack. Several international organizations such as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on 10 November that the current humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip had deteriorated, and with hospitals under attack and increased pressure on public facilities, nowhere is safe in Gaza anymore.

It is the consensus of the vast majority of States on a ceasefire, a cessation of hostilities and the prevention of further serious humanitarian disasters. On 27 October, by a majority of 120 members, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an immediate, lasting and sustainable humanitarian truce; on 10 November, delegates from the offices of seventy countries and regions to the United Nations in Geneva issued a joint statement, calling on the international community to take immediate action and abide by the responsibility set by international law to stop the violent conflicts in the Gaza Strip; and the leaders of Arab and Islamic countries called in the final communiqué of the joint Arab-Islamic summit held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. On November 11, they called for breaking the siege on Gaza and bringing Arab, Islamic and international humanitarian aid convoys including food, medicine and fuel into the Strip immediately, and refused to describe the Israeli retaliatory war as self-defense or justify it under any pretext.

However, some Western countries, led by the United States, which often accuse other countries of committing “genocide”, choose to turn a blind eye to the humanitarian tragedy currently taking place in the Gaza Strip. The United States presses other countries to condemn Hamas attacks on civilians, but downplays the fact that Israeli airstrikes have caused widespread civilian casualties and that the Israeli blockade of Gaza has caused a serious humanitarian crisis; it only affirms Israel’s right to self-defense without debating whether Israeli military actions are appropriate, let alone the historical background to the long-standing injustice suffered by the Palestinian people, and has used its power in international discourse. To play “double standards”.

The situation in the Middle East has evolved to this day, and the United States cannot escape blame. The United States has vetoed dozens of draft resolutions on the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli issue in the United Nations Security Council, making it difficult for the Security Council to play its due, responsible and constructive role in the Middle East and the Palestinian-Israeli issue and to work effectively in promoting the implementation of the “two-state solution.”

As a staunch ally of Israel, the United States has expressed support for Israel several times since this round of conflict began. Not only has it sent military forces to the Middle East and provided a great deal of military assistance to Israel, but it has vetoed draft Security Council resolutions on the situation between Palestine and Israel, watching the escalating conflict with indifference, all of which have impeded the efforts of the international community to resolve the conflict and promote peace talks and have also wasted valuable time carrying out humanitarian relief operations.

The United States’ clear political and military favoritism toward Israel has fully exposed its consistent “double standards” of “supporting Israel and oppressing Palestine” and intensified its confrontation with the entire Arab world. Especially after the bombing of hospitals in the Gaza Strip, anti-American waves erupted in the Arab and Muslim world, with citizens marching outside the US embassy in Jordan and Lebanon, chanting anti-American slogans and protesting its bias towards Israel. Citizens in Tunisia, Turkey, Iran and other countries also organized rallies to express support for the Palestinian people.Mud and condemn the attack on hospitals in the Gara sector.

The United States as a global power has not played its due role in maintaining regional peace and stability in this round of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Instead, she continued to “pour fuel on the fire” and played a very disgraceful role. With regard to the current situation, any mediation plan that does not aim at a ceasefire, cessation of hostilities and the implementation of humanitarian relief is to avoid what is important and minimize the magnitude of the problem. However, the draft resolution submitted by the United States to the United Nations contains the false logic of justifying civilizational confrontation, war and force, and has a dangerous tendency to introduce hatred and confrontation between Palestine and Israel into a vicious circle.

Achieving lasting peace in the Middle East is the common hope of the international community. As China has repeatedly stressed, the fundamental solution to the Palestinian issue still lies in the implementation of the “two-state solution” and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Both Palestine and Israel must exercise restraint, resume peace talks and avoid causing an even more serious humanitarian crisis. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and a responsible member of the international community, China will continue to maintain close contacts with relevant parties and exert maximum efforts to protect civilians, calm the situation, resume peace talks and achieve peace.

Source: Al-Taghyeer