PRESS STATEMENT – 16 MAY 2018
Claremont Main Road Masjid Mourns the Death of Palestinians
The Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM) joined Palestine solidarity groups in Cape Town to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day on Tuesday 15 May 2018. This was a day after more than 60 Palestinian protesters were callously shot and killed by Israeli snipers while protesting on the borders of Gaza. They include 13 children shot by Israeli forces and a baby who was overcome by teargas inhalation. The World Health Organisation reports that 2,771 people were maimed in protests on Monday 14 May 2018. CMRM prayed funeral prayers in abstentia (salatul janazah gha’iba) for all those killed in Gaza, on Tuesday evening 15 May 2018.
For the past six weeks Palestinian refugees have been peacefully protesting in what was called the ‘Great March for the Right to Return’, and every week they have been met with gunfire from Israeli soldiers. It is unconscionable that the Zionist State of Israel continues to hold thousands of Palestinians as prisoners in Gaza and the West Bank and acts with impunity to counter any resistance with brutal force. The world can no longer stand by and watch the genocide of the Palestinians in silence.
CMRM commends the South African government’s decision to recall its ambassador to Israel. But it needs to do more. The ANC led government needs to expel the Israeli ambassador in SA and cut all diplomatic and trade ties with Israel. The SA government should be leaders in the international movement to implement boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel. They should be leaders in calling for the political, economic and cultural isolation of Israel until they concede to the Right of Return of every Palestinian refugee. They should be leaders in calling for justice for Palestinians and the right for them to return to their lands.
At this sacred time of Ramadan we should intensify our prayers for the oppressed people of Palestine and Gaza and for all people living in poverty. Supplication is the undefeatable weapon of the believer, and while we should increase our acts of solidarity with Palestinians, we should never fail to remember them in our prayers.
Imam Dr. Rashied Omar
OBO CMRM Board