SLMMF condemns Israeli attacks on Palestine
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF) President and senior journalist Al-haj N. M. Ameen yesterday (17) said that his organisation vehemently condemns the attacks by Israelis on the Palestinians and media institutions. Ameen added that Israeli Government has been unleashing its anarchic activities against unarmed Palestinians for the last several decades and engaging in the massacre of people to wipe them out from their own land.
He said that the present waves of brutality by Israel started with the attacks on worshippers at Al-Aqsa mosque during the latter part of holy month of Ramadan and it was followed by the attacks on residential areas and office buildings in the Gaza Strip, which is a self-governing region of Palestine, massacring innocent unarmed civilians. This has been continuing for nearly two weeks under the guise of targeting enemy points. “Carrying out unprovoked attacks on Palestinian civilians every year during the holy month of Ramadan has become a routine practice of the Israeli forces.
Owing to the air strikes by the Israeli Air Force more than 180 Palestinians, including 50 children, have been killed while more than 1,000 have sustained critical injuries in the Gaza region so far. The attempt by Israel to conduct ground attacks on Gaza has further created a tense situation in that area,” Ameen said. He lamented that for the past few weeks Israel has been trying to forcibly expel hundreds of Palestinians from Jarrah, an area neighbouring Jerusalem to establish Jewish settlements. He also lamented that a 13-storey building in which the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera offices were functioning, in Gaza, was completely damaged in an air strike by the Israeli Air Force.
Several Palestinian journalists who were reporting from the battle field were also critically injured in the shooting by Israeli forces Ameen said that he was perturbed at the silence of the so-called superpowers towards this savagery and the inaction of the world bodies such as the UN Security Council. “The Palestine problem remains the longest unresolved issue. Hundreds of thousands innocent civilians, including children and elders have been massacred so far. So many resolutions have been passed against Israel for its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, but none is respected by the Zionist regime.” He said that the attacks by Israeli forces against the Palestinians were increasing day-by-day.
“While condemning such attacks we call upon the international human rights watchdogs, including the United Nations Organisation as well as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to act fast to put a full-stop to this continuing savagery by Israel. He also claimed that the action being taken by the social media institutions to remove the posts being uploaded to their sites supporting the condemnation of Israel’s brutality are also reprehensible. Ameen said that the SLMMF considers this as an attempt to suppress the voices raised against the violation of human rights. “We call upon the Muslims all over the world, including Sri Lanka, to pray for the immediate recovery of the Palestinians who were critically injured and undergoing treatment with poor facilities and for the restoration of peace in Muslims’ holy land of Palestine,” Ameen added.