Is religion to blame for Israeli – Palestinian conflict?

With pale reactions from the international community, a wave of outrage swept through the globe after the U.S decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sparked anger and heavy protests from the Palestinians and saw Israeli forces firing live bullets at protesters, killing over 50 and injuring hundreds in a region whose medical facilities have been vandalized.


Scenes from the Monday’s bloody vicious attacks on Palestinian protesters

As there seems to be no lasting solution besides minor criticism from countries less powerful than the U.S that has added more fuel to the Middle East conflict, here is a key question one might ask. What role did religion play or is playing in the escalation of the conflict in Gaza?

The Islam religion started with Mohammad in the 7th century, in Saudi Arabia of today. Mohammad included in Islam the idea of jihad (holy war) to spread Islam by the use of force. Islam was spread rapidly to all the Arab nations of North Africa and the Middle East. Of course Islam religion in the hands of the Arab nations has undeniably turned into a tool of Arab nationalism and xenophobia according to a publication by the Israel Science and Technology Director.

Well, the claim by the one-sided publisher sounds somewhat true but from a perspective of a former Christian (now Atheist), the Israelite made astonishing and senseless claim that they are the “God’s chosen people” and have repeatedly used the xenophobic phrase dating centuries years ago to suppress their rivals.

Now, while the Palestinians who are mainly Arab Muslims fight in defense of Mohammad, the Christian-dominated country of Israel do not want their  God challenged. Remember, these are the groups that both rise up when their faiths are questioned by the religiously unaffiliated. When asked whether the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is religion-motivated, it makes sense to say YES without any form of hesitation.

Where should the Palestinians turn for diplomatic assistance?

Despite being a member of the African Union, Palestine is yet to hear an open condemnation by the continent’s highest decision making body. The African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat issued a statement in an attempt to condemn the apartheid act but it never appears to be genuinely heartfelt.

Needless to say, the United States which the Palestinians trusted as a neutral broker of the peace deal has turned the barrel against Mahmoud Abbas’ administration as President Donald Trump has since gone to bed with Israeli’s Benjamin Netanyahu.

When Abbas issued a statement which was considered anti Semitic to the Palestine Liberation Organization parliament earlier this month as reported by The Washington Post,  it was sharply condemned by Israel which was also joined by the U.S., U.N., and the European Union. Ironically, all these bodies went muted when Israeli forces fired live bullets, killed and injured hundreds of Palestinians. Of course these bodies are Christian-dominated and that explains why one does not need a college degree to tell that this is a religious war.

I am not a religion fundamentalist but “I do not think it is necessary to believe that the same God who has given us our senses, reason, and intelligence wished us to abandon their use, giving us by some other means the information that we could gain through them,” this is a quote from Galileo Galilei. 

My name is Charles Lotara, I write also write for What else do you want to see an article about? Leave it in the comment section below and we will be sure to check it out.


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