BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt condemned the Israeli offensive on Gaza, saying it would increase anti-Semitism especially among the Muslim communities of the world.
“The continuation of the Israeli massacres against Palestine and its people will sooner or later create and exaggerate feelings of hatred and malice and increase anti-Semitism,” Jumblatt said in his weekly statement to PSP’s Anbaa magazine published Monday.
Jumblatt said the Israeli attacks were increasing the tension between Muslims and Jews worldwide, and would affect many Western societies with large Muslim communities.
“Since anti-Semitism feelings are spreading ... what is needed now more than ever is to condemn the massacred and intervene to stop the offensive instead of searching justifications for it,” he said.
Jumblatt stressed that the Palestinian cause remained the “central cause and the main headline,” saying the persistence of the Palestinians was a historical phenomenon.
“Despite the atrocious Israeli war, the Palestinian people will make historic sacrifices even if they come at a high price.”
Jumblatt said the Palestinian cause was not the property of any political party. “It is not the cause of Fatah or Hamas or any other Palestinian faction,” he added, “It is the cause of all of us.”
The Druze leader added that any cease-fire should come as part of “a comprehensive deal that includes the opening of all Arab and Israeli crossings and the breaking of the siege against the Gaza Strip ... In addition to releasing the tens of thousands of captives and detainees, so that all the sacrifices do not go to waste.”
Separately, Jumblatt also condemned the attacks against the Christians of Mosul, which he called a “brutal hit to the concepts of diversity, pluralism and coexistence ... [These concepts] are strengthened by the Christian presence in the East, which is something we should safeguard at any cost.”
Jumblatt called for a national coalition Iraqi government in which all political factions are represented.
“It will save Iraq from being fractured and separated and help it confront the accelerating successive developments that threaten to ruin Iraq’s unity while political parties are wrestling among them,” he said.