A consortium of Non Governmental Organisations in Nigeria have called on the United Nations to investigate Israel’s use of excessive force against Palestinian protesters during the closure of Muslims third holiest Mosque, Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.
The siege lasted for two weeks.
The groups – Muslim Awareness International (MAI), Centre for Global Peace Initiative (CGPI), Al-Muminaat Social Advocacy Project (SAP) and many others gave this charge over the weekend at a world press conference held in Lagos, southwest, Nigeria.
They also want the global organisation to sanction the state of Israel for using lethal weapons and brutal force to humiliate the Palestinians and suppress peaceful demonstration.
Scores of lovers of Palestine who turned out for the press conference were seen displaying placards with different inscriptions: ‘Save Aqsa, Free Palestine’, ‘Hands off al-Aqsa’, ‘Want Peace? End the illegal settlements’, ‘I can’t keep calm because Palestine is bleeding, Al-Aqsa is under siege’ among others.
The MAI Director, Engr. Abdulwaheed Atoyebi said the restriction is a satanic plot to deflect the world attention from the Israeli continuous illegal settlements and blur in uproars and confusion the historical facts about the ownership of the land.
“The Israeli soldiers were disappointed and shocked! They never expected the world would unite and show unflinching support for Palestine. Protesters came from different parts of the world to protest the closure of their Mosque despite Israeli’s continuous use of brutal force.
“Over 1300 people sustained injuries of varying degrees, over 300 arrested and some reported cases of deaths (3 young Palestinians). This included a raid on a Palestinian hospital to capture injured persons. But this didn’t stop the Palestinians from protesting for the rights.
“What happened at the end? The Zionist state was forced to remove metal detectors with the cameras and lift the barrier which was meant to prevent Palestinian youth to challenge their illegality in the region”, he stated.
In another remark, the Director of the Centre for Global Peace Initiative CGPI, Comrade Shakiru Yekinni praised the Palestinian youths for their bravery which he said was essentially responsible for the Israeli decision to end the continuous closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
He said: “Although there are reports that Saudi Arabia held a talk with the Israeli’s Prime Minister behind the scene to open Al-Aqsa. Likewise Jordan’s intervention, all these might be a factor but what’s obvious is the resistance spirit of the Palestinians in the face of Israeli oppression. The contributions of the Muslim organisations and human rights bodies across the world have global effects. Israel was faced with pressure from home and outside.”
Comrade Yekinni also commended the UN for probing into the death of the three Palestinians, urging that Israel should be punished for this and several atrocities committed against the defenseless Palestinians.
He said: “UN and UNESCO have been consistent in condemning Israeli atrocities although incapacitated to impose sanctions due to favourism the Tel Aviv gets from the United States. I think, the bodies should be praised for taking a bold step to acknowledge Israeli evils by documenting them, perhaps in the future, Israel will be persecuted for the crimes against humanity in Palestine.
Hajia Sherifah Yusuf-Ajibade of Al-Muminaat Social Advocacy Project (SAP) called on the Muslim women to join the #BDS movement and boycott all enemies’ goods, saying it’s one of the ways of supporting Palestinian people.
According to Hajia Sherifah, it is important for all right thinking people particularly women to know that the growth of this crisis is borne more by the children and women.
“I call on all women because we are the managers of the homes to boycott all items of the supporters of Israel and all products of Israel. We should make sure that we buy into the bds movement (boycott, divest and sanction) from all of Israeli products and all of their allies. So it is important that by the time they start feeling the economic brunt,they will also know that we have the voice”, she concluded. http://www.mai.org.ng
By Rasheed Abubakar