Prominent citizens, leaders addressing an online PC on Palestine.
New Delhi, 19 May 2021: Prominent citizens and religious leaders of India denounced Israel’s massacre of innocent Palestinians, in an online press meet under the banner “Indian Friends for Palestine”. They issued a joint statement today in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.
Addressing the press conference, former MP Mr K.C. Tyagi and member of the Executive Committee of Parliamentarians for Al Quds (Jerusalem) said: “We should look at this issue from a humanitarian perspective, not a religious one. The current conflict and Palestinian protests in Jerusalem are due to Israel’s aggressive expansionist policies and actions on the ground. The current unrest erupted when the Israeli government, in violation of all international laws and treaties, launched a campaign to forcibly evict the Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighborhoods near Al-Aqsa Mosque. We welcome the announcement by Mr. TS Tirumurti, India’s Representative to the UN Security Council, that India fully supports the just cause of Palestine”.
Acting General Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, who also convened the PC, pointed out that: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy place for Muslims all over the world and their religious sentiments are associated with it. The city of Al Quds (Jerusalem) is important for three major religions of the world. Therefore, Israel has no authority to change the demography or status of the city and its structures”.
President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Syed Sadatullah Husaini urged: “All justice-loving countries of the world should not merely condemn this blatant aggression, but also to take all the steps that the United Nations Charter entitles them for seeking appropriate action against hostile and lawless nations. They must pressurize Israel and impose strict economic and diplomatic sanctions against it. The Zionist rulers and soldiers of Israel must be indicted and put on trial for war crimes in the International Court of Justice for their atrocities in Gaza and other Palestinian territories”.
Fully endorsing the position of ‘Indian Friends for Palestine’, former parliamentarian and General Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani said: “The main reason for most of the Palestinian protests and intifadas (resistance movements) are the unprovoked attacks on Gaza by Israel, its daily atrocities against Palestinian civilians, and its covert and open diplomatic activities in the Middle East. Israel has been violating many UN resolutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Even in bilateral agreements, Israel has a history of backtracking on its commitments. Israeli political class and its rulers intensify their aggression from time to time to subvert focus from their local political problems”.
Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Sajjad Nomani pointed out that: “These heinous acts are being concealed from the world and attempts are being made to publicize the Palestinian resistance operations unilaterally. The way journalists are being targeted and their offices being demolished to keep the world unaware of the truth and facts on the ground is a serious challenge to the whole free world. I call upon all justice loving countries including the Arab world to take the lead in resolving this crisis as soon as possible”.
General Secretary of All India Milli Council Dr. Manzoor Alam said: “The immediate solution to this problem is to swiftly end the Israeli occupation of Al-Quds and other occupied Palestinian territories and to force Israel to stop all its cruel and aggressive intentions and actions. The United Nations must play its role in stopping Israel. Israel’s actions are illegal, against all international treaties and equivalent to war crimes against the whole world”.
Addressing the press conference, rector of Darul UloomWaqf Deoband Maulana Muhammad Sufyan Qasmi has said that he supported the stand taken by the group and hops that the Palestinians get justice and are liberated from the illegal occupation of Israel.
Others who also addressed the online press conference include Maharishi Goswami SushilJi Maharaj, Dr. M D Thomas, General Secretary of Press Club of India Mr. Vinay Kumar, and senior journalist and commentator Mr. Santosh Bhartiya.
The signatories to the joint statement include, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Acting General Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (Convener), Mr K. C. Tyagi, Member of Executive Committee of Parliamentarians for Al Quds, Maharishi Bhrigu Pithadhishwar GoswamiSushil Ji Maharaj, National Convener of Bhartiya Sarva Dharma Sansad, Dr. M D Thomas, Founder Director of Institute of Harmony & Peace Studies, New Delhi, Mr. Syed Sadatullah Husaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, MaulanaMahmoodMadani, General Secretary of JamiatUlema-i-Hind, Maulana Muhammad SufyanQasmi, Rector of Darul UloomWaqf Deoband, Dr. Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council, Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani, Director, Imam Shah Waliullah Academy, Mr. Vinay Kumar, General Secretaryof Press Club of India, Mr. Santosh Bhartiya, Senior journalist and commentator.