Pray for Gaza, but pray for peace

Images of the innocent victims of Israeli attacks against Muslims in Gaza are sickening. Every day I am praying for the atrocities to end. However, I am not here to offer just another condemnation of Israeli aggression. I want to speak to my Muslim brothers and sisters about another disturbing trend that I am witnessing.

Here is a Tweet from member PTI social media team Hussnain Chaudhry:

This is just one Tweet, but it is representative of thousands that are appearing in my timeline from Pakistanis and other Muslims praising Hitler for trying to kill all Jews and praying for a ‘new Hitler’ to finish the genocide.

What is the difference between these statements and the statements of Zionists who support genocide of Muslims? Killing innocents is killing innocent and both are wrong. More to the point, you can not claim moral high ground against genocide if you are also supporting genocide.

Such statements also ignore an important similarity between many Jews and Muslims that should not be ignored. When Islamic militants carry out terrorist attacks, we are all quick to remind that terrorists are a small minority who do not represent all Muslims. Actually, even in Israel there are Jews who are protesting against the aggression against innocent Muslims in Gaza.

Pray for Gaza, yes. But pray for Israel, too. Pray for all humanity. Pray for peace.

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