Re: “The ICJ ruling was validating for Canadian Muslims. When will Canada do what it can to prevent genocide in Gaza?”

"While I am glad that people are slowly waking up and not wanting to carry on a business-as-usual approach, I must say that I feel resentment that it took this long and an ICJ ruling just for us to be seen as credible interlocutors."


February 7, 2024

As a Middle Eastern Muslim woman working in an organization for the promotion of justice and peace in the Middle East, I cannot emphasize how relatable that opinion article was. From an early age, Arab and Muslim people like me were often taught about Palestine. The occupation of Palestine, the treatment of Palestinians, and the wars were normal topics of conversation for us. Unfortunately, for people like me living in a Western society, who always talked about how unjust the situation is, we were never properly heard and ultimately dismissed, with words like: “It’s complicated” or “That’s how it has always been in the Middle East.” While I am glad that people are slowly waking up and not wanting to carry on a business-as-usual approach, I must say that I feel resentment that it took this long and an ICJ ruling just for us to be seen as credible interlocutors.

Fatima Haidar

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)