World Day of Social Justice: Gaza war bears witness to its absence

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GAZA — On Tuesday, the world observed World Day of Social Justice, shedding light on the ongoing challenges faced by residents inGaza in accessing fundamental human rights. Despite global acknowledgment of justice's importance, many in Gaza, where approximately 30,000 individuals have been killed in the past 139 days, emphasize that meaningful change has yet to be realized, as reported by Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

On this occasion, designated by the UN General Assembly for global celebration on February 20, concerned individuals emphasized the day's significance in reminding the world of the inseparable link between social justice, peace, and security. They stressed that achieving social justice requires promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, highlighting the need for concerted efforts to address these interconnected issues.

Human Rights Expert, Dr. Nahla Al-Momani stated that justice is the essence of human rights, adding that it is the goal that all countries seek to achieve by establishing various rights and freedoms. She pointed out that the importance of social justice lies in being the necessary tool to reduce the gap between individuals within the same society, regardless of their levels, while also reducing global disparities in various fields.

Momani explained that the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) constitutes the major umbrella for human rights in these areas, ensuring justice among individuals. She noted that the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Declaration on Social Justice is an important international document in setting principles to ensure justice in work.

Moreover, she highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG) as among the most prominent international frameworks, aiming to eliminate poverty, provide good health, welfare, education, water, decent work, industry, innovation, and reduce various inequalities, ultimately establishing peaceful societies where no one is marginalized.

However, she noted, "this day comes this year in light of grave violations of justice in all its forms, in light of what the Gaza Strip witnesses of aggression that is primarily based on destroying the elements of life and causing disruption and a gap in the Sustainable Development Goals that would achieve the frameworks of social justice, actions that the occupying entity intentionally adopts as part of a series of war crimes it continues to commit.”

The Executive Director of ‘Tamkeen’ for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Linda Kalash emphasized, "In Gaza, there is no justice and peace," noting the extent of destruction and the weakened ability to access resources due to the complete blockade. She added that economic recovery in the Gaza Strip is unlikely in the foreseeable future after the end of the aggression, leading to the absence of social justice and deprivation of many rights, including work, health, education, and decent living.

An Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Mutah University, Dr. Zaid Mahmoud Al-Shamayleh highlighted that divine religions have urged the necessity of dedicating social justice due to its importance in enhancing individual rights, achieving balance in wealth distribution, improving the standard of living, ensuring equal opportunities, promoting citizenship and belonging, and creating harmony between individual and collective interests.

However, he lamented that the principles of social justice in all constitutions and laws worldwide are powerless in the face of the attacks carried out by Israel against the people of Gaza. "As if what is happening in Gaza is not related to humanity and to children, women, and the elderly, and all the legal frameworks in this regard are mere ink on paper in the archives of responsible countries for global justice."

When discussing justice, attention should be drawn to the significant humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza, where residents have endured immense suffering due to Israel’s actions. Basic necessities of life have been denied, and access to livelihoods has been severely restricted. The enforcement of international law has faltered, leaving vulnerable groups, including children, women, and the elderly, exposed to ongoing violence. In Gaza, the concept of justice appears distant, highlighting a critical need for intervention and resolution.

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