How does humanity allow these things to happen?
That old term Compassion fatigue came to my mind in the last few weeks. I was thinking on how humanity could descend into such barbarity around the world.
How could African migrants risk their lives to leave countries wrecked psychologically and economically by colonial Europeans, only to arrive in the same continent that subjugated them? How could Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims be slaughtered in the thousands by the majority Buddhists, yet these surviving Muslims end up starving and dying in boats because they are rejected by nearby countries with Muslim majorities, such as Indonesia? How could relatives of Jewish holocaust survivors engage in racism and the ethnic cleansing of native Palestinians while the relatives of Armenian holocaust survivors lead amazingly rich and productive lives? How could a very wealthy country like “Saudi Arabia” (the quotes are necessary because it is an imposed name for a country stolen by the Saud Family) spend billions to support the US/Israeli agenda of destruction and mayhem in countries like Yemen and Syria? How could a pilot who claims to be Muslim drop bombs on Muslim civilians? How could a powerful and rich country like the USA be so occupied by the Zionist lobby that they send their “police” to train in racism and oppression in Apartheid Israel and then go back to kill blacks in American cities? How does the world tolerate the continued siege upon Gaza and its starving and dying population (the largest open air prison with 1.7 million inmates whose only crime is being born in Palestine)? How could the world stand by and let Egypt execute political dissidents or imprison them for decades simply because they demanded freedom from the entrenched military dictatorship funded by US taxpayers?
So did humans develop compassion fatigue?
Does this possibility bode ill for our future as a species?
— Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Institute for Biodiversity Research. He teaches at Bethlehem University and Birzeit University.