The Claremont Main Road Masjid (CMRM) has given its support for the ‘International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people’, set to take place on Saturday 29th November. The landmark day comes during heightened tensions in the West Bank, stemming from several incidents of illegal settlers desecrating Masjid al-Aqsa. It also comes as Israel moves to expand its grip on the region, with expansions of its settlements on occupied territories, as well as a recent move to declare the state Jewish.
In a statement issued on Friday, the mosque sought to reaffirm its stance that those in the conflict-stricken region had the right to resist the illegal occupation of their land. The CMRM emphasised the worsening situation of Palestinians, accusing Israel of “embarking on a campaign of ethnic cleansing”. The masjid has also slammed the continued siege on the Gaza Strip, which has led to a severe deterioration of living conditions for its people.
“The United Nations Human Rights Council has since its inception in 2006, passed 47 resolutions condemning the actions and policies of Israel. And yet, Israel continues to act with impunity in the expansion of its occupation of Palestinian land,” read the statement.
Most alarming however was that Israel remained a member state of the United Nations (UN), despite the councils multiple condemnations.
The CMRM stressed that a nation guilty of racial discrimination against innocent Palestinians, who refused to allow refugees to return to their homes, and that refuted repeated calls for an end its settlement expansion, need not be allowed to maintain its UN status.
“What Palestine needs from the world today is not just a condemnation of the injustice and gross human rights violations perpetrated in Palestinian massacres, but also a de-legitimization of the Zionist ideology that produced this policy, and justifies it morally and politically just as the racist ideology of apartheid was de-legitimized,” the statement read.
Initiated by the UN on 1977, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people seeks to highlight the level of atrocities committed by Israel against innocent Palestinian citizens. The CMRM urged the international community to help bring about an end to the free reign given to the controversial state, in committing its ‘Zionist agenda’.
“On this Day of International Solidarity with the Palestinians, we call on the international community to recognize its failure to honour its commitments and to implement its resolutions on Palestine.” VOC (Mubeen Banderker)