Jerusalem: Lucy Aharish, an Israel’s first Arab news presenter termed the Aleppo onslaught a “genocide,” a “holocaust” and said that ‘Nobody is doing anything to stop it.’
On Thursday, in the middle of a broadcast of her show called Sichat Hayom on Channel 2, Aharish switched from Hebrew to English to deliver a powerful words about a powerless community to viewers around the world.
Using the Arabic pronunciation of Aleppo, Aharish said,
“Right now, in Halab, Syria, just an eight-hour drive from Tel Aviv, a genocide is taking place.”
“You know what? Let me be more accurate: It is a holocaust. Yes, a holocaust.
“Maybe we don’t want to hear about it or deal with it, that in the twenty-first century, in the age of social media, in a world where information can fit into the palm of your hand, in a world where you can see and hear the victims and their horror stories in real time, in this world, we are standing and doing nothing while children are being slaughtered every single hour.”
“I’m an Arab. I’m a Muslim. I’m a citizen of the State of Israel. But I’m also a citizen of the world, and I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed as a human being that we chose leaders who are incapable of being articulate in their condemnation and powerful in their actions. I’m ashamed that our world is being taken hostage by terrorists and murderers and that we are not doing anything. I am ashamed that the peaceful majority of humanity is irrelevant once again.”
She concluded her broadcast with an Albert Einstein quote:
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
According to the BBC, “thousands of cold and hungry civilians remain stranded in the rebel-held east, waiting to be picked up.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said of the situation, “Aleppo is now a synonym for hell.”