By Tajudeen Adebanjo
The Nigerian Office of the International Muslim Women Union (IWMU) has called on the United Nations to grant full membership status to Palestine.
IMWU made this remark during a briefing in conjunction with various Islamic organisations at Alausa, Ikeja.
The organisations include Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Muslim Awareness International (MAI), Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) Organization, Guild of Muslim Professionals (GMP), Pristine Cactus, Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit, and Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque (LSCCM).
IWMU Head of Nigerian Office Dr. Khadijah Olaniyan-Shobowale urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately commence prosecution of Israel government for war crimes.
“We also call for the boycott of Israel and companies supporting their heinous crimes against the Palestinians. Countries should to be stern on Israel and review their policies with Israel. The United Nations should as a matter of urgency rebuild infrastructure destroyed in Palestine and provide financial support for the basic human needs of Palestinians,” she said.
Dr. Khadijah Olaniyan-Shobowale enjoined the UN to go beyond condemnations and take all the necessary steps to stop Israel from its continued illegal occupation and forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes.
“Palestine predates Israel but the latter is really out to wipe out Palestine. The powers that be have watched Israel maim, kill, and commit war crimes on innocent civilians in Palestine. We align with the conditions of the ceasefire given by the Palestinians. Israel must desist from further occupations of East Jerusalem, illegal settlement building on Palestinian land, Al-Aqsa Mosque hostilities and continued siege and invasions of Gaza,” she said.
MURIC Director Prof Lakin Akintola said the United States should be held responsible for the Israel crimes against humanity.
He said: “Israel is the greatest apartheid country in existence today. The South Africans who segregated blacks from the rest of the community and who compared blacks to dogs have been vanquished. Apartheid has fallen in South Africa.
“But we are surprised that around the same time that South Africa’s apartheid fell, Israeli aggression and marginalisation against the Palestinians who own the land just started, with more vicious wickedness.”
He noted that many Americans with “good conscience” have demonstrated against the Israelis and the US government.
He also corrected the wrong impression among Nigerians that the Palestine-Israel crisis is a religious issue.
“It isn’t religion. This is clearly ethnic cleansing. There are Christians in Palestine, with 27% population, and yet, the world is keeping quiet against the right of this minority, as they, alongside Palestinian Muslim population were strangulated by Israel for 11 days,” he said.
Amirah of Al-Mu’minaat in Lagos State, Hajia Bushrah Adeagbo-Jubril, called on the world leaders to stop Israeli’s persecution of Palestinians.
A lawyer and member, Board of Trustees, Pristine Cactus, Mrs Mutiat Orolu-Balogun, said under the international law, Israel has committed the most vicious crimes against humanity.
She, however, said despite all the crimes, the apartheid regime is enjoying unconditional and unwavering support from the western power, especially, with the misuse of veto power by the United States.
“If the holocaust wasn’t okay, apartheid in South Africa wasn’t okay, genocide not okay in Rwanda, why is the holocaust, apartheid and genocide in Palestine okay?” Orolu-Balogun asked.
Representative of MAI Mrs. Sherifah Atoyebi, said the world cannot continue to keep quiet while lives and properties of the Palestinians are being trampled upon.
Hajia Jelilat Abdul Hamid, a member of GMP’s Board of Trustees, said Palestine should be returned to the world map.