Gaza – the word that will forever remain etched in the hearts and minds of generations upon generations of people all over the world. For Muslims, it will be proudly remembered as the time when it became apparent that the pulse of the Ummah was still beating, albeit faintly, but beating nonetheless. Amidst the never-ending tragedy of oppression and humiliation that has now become the norm for the Muslim world, Gaza was solid proof that despondency could be replaced with hope, fear with courage and defeat with victory. When Muslims emerged in their hundreds of thousands onto the streets of capital cities all over the globe in response to the Israeli aggression, one could have been forgiven for dismissing it as emotionally-driven actions destined to rapidly fizzle out. However, when similar numbers were seen braving the arctic temperatures on a daily basis during the holiday season as they converged on Israeli embassies in their respective cities, it became apparent that these were no ordinary demonstrations. For the Muslim world, enough was enough. The people of Gaza were being pulverised before the eyes of a watching world. Day after day, night after night, the people let their voices be heard, doing whatever they could to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza. Young and old, mothers and children, religious and non-religious, all came out, many attending a demonstration for the first time in their lives, so outraged were they at the carnage that was taking place. Children distributed Boycott Israeli Goods cards to their parents, refusing to drink Coca Cola and eat in McDonalds, aware that some of their money could be used to further the Zionist cause. Others went a step further and smashed up Starbucks.
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