Great response to Wajahat Ali. I’m glad this post was written and I really hope he reads it (I doubt it though).
I hate to nitpick, but the point the author makes about the “similarities” between Pakistan and Israel is quite simplistic and inaccurate. The reasons for their creation are vastly different and I would encourage people to read up on their history. What stands out with Israel is that it was founded as a settler-colonial state, continuing the West’s long history of colonialism and importing Europeans while violently driving out the indigenous population. Yes, partition in South Asia resulted in brutal atrocities, there’s no denying that. Just saying the contexts of what led to the creation of Pakistan were different and it’s overly simplistic to compare this to the creation of Israel. Let’s not perpetuate harmful narratives while speaking out against injustice and oppression. If anything, comparisons should be drawn between Indian occupation of Kashmir and Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
Also, I wouldn’t appeal to Wajahat Ali’s Pakistani identity. He is more invested in U.S. assimilation politics and comes off as someone who identifies primarily as an “American Muslim” more than anything. Him and MLI perpetuate the U.S. savior complex through the notion that it is “American Islam” and the “American Muslim” leadership that will “save” other Muslims.