Fatima Bhutto schooling with class, yet again
The Middle East has been in the news for quite a while now. The humanitarian crisis in Syria and Yemen and the atrocities committed in Palestine need no introduction. Almost all countries in the middle eastern region are trapped in a quagmire of manifold challenges which has resulted in a chaos of orders and borders. In a critical situation like this, the announcements by the American President have made people wonder If the US ‘really’ wishes to restore peace in the region.
So, basically, Trump announced that the US should now recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory
Golan Heights is an area between Syria and Israel (a very, very brief history of Golan Heights is mentioned below), part of which was captured by Israeli forces from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967, and since then, it has been claimed by both countries.
The US president further stated that this particular piece of land- the Golan plateau has immense significance for regional stability. He asserted that recognizing this area as a part of Israeli territory will also give sufficient strategic and security benefit to the state of Israel.
This is what you need to know about the Golan Heights:
So, Golan Heights was a Syrian area which came under Israeli military occupation after the six-day war of 1967. Later in 1981, Israel unilaterally annexed the territory, this action by Israel remained unrecognized internationally. Now, President trump has recognized the sovereignty of Israel over Golan Heights while the other countries, Syria, Iran, and Russia have condemned this move.
Fatima Bhutto just trolled the US president for his inaccurate attribution of Golan Heights to Israel
She said that the action by Trump is understandable due to his negligible knowledge of geography and history because clearly the area was under Syrian control until Israel captured it after waging war.
When you failed geography AND history: https://t.co/nfYds38tpq
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) March 21, 2019
The stance and views of Fatima Bhutto have been reiterated by many on social media.
The statement by Trump has naturally angered people all over the world, with many agreeing with Fatima’s sentiment
No actually he is a new Christopher Columbus pic.twitter.com/RqPv80Yglp
— Najaf (@Najaf10439803) March 22, 2019
— Diva (@sammypolsen12) March 21, 2019
They argued by asserting that this is the clear violation of the resolution by the UN security council(UNSC)
This is in clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 which calls the Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights “null and void.” Trump cannot just make some poop tweet while constipated and change international law. It doesn’t work that way at all.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 21, 2019
A few pointed out that how Trump was constantly undermining International Law by his actions
This, Mr President is a gross violation of international law & of SC Res.242 (1967) “ emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”. You might want to consult with your international lawyers. Fairness & equity are key to peace in the ME.
— Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) March 21, 2019
People asserted that the US president is igniting new flames and has reversed the US policy
You just reversed 52 years of US policy on Twitter. I’m not against this but how about doing it more formerly first?
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 21, 2019
They said that the President knows NOTHING about the Golan Heights and is adamant to push the Middle region towards another war
This is bullshit! Who the f**k tweeted this??We are suppose to think Trump has knowledge about Golan Heights??? and There will be a war!!AGAIN!
— Sarah🌊 (@Sarah_SKG_1983) March 21, 2019
The Syrians went on to personally attack The US president
I am from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and this is our land and it is not right for the new Orange Churchill to grant land that is not to him to those who do not deserve it
— The end⏳🔴 (@Nour20Syr) March 21, 2019
Americans felt that Trump acted more like the President of Israel and had an obsession with Israeli interests
Are you the president of Israel or America?
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) March 21, 2019
Good Lord! I can’t even help you anymore. You have a really weird obsession with Israel when you promised to focus on US. You know, the UNITED STATES?
— Comfy Cabin 🌲 (@Bedhead_) March 21, 2019
Some good old memes were re-visited
Don’t forget the cheese pic.twitter.com/lLq6yutz9g
— 𝙻𝚊𝚍𝚢 𝙲𝚛𝚊𝚋𝚣 (@LadyCrabz) March 21, 2019
Well, unilateral decisions by countries should not be allowed to undermine international institutions and international law. Moreover, the countries should NOT be allowed to play with international law in order to serve their domestic interests or else this might lead to regional instability and can even lead towards a war.
So, what are your thoughts on the issue? Let us know in the comments below.
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