AHRC condemns Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters, calls for UN intervention:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) is deeply troubled by Israeli violence against unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. At this juncture, we call for immediate international intervention and investigation into Israeli crimes.
Israeli shooting at unarmed protesters has led to more than 200 deaths and over 2000 injured- among them children, women and elderly. The Israeli armed forces' actions are blatant violations of human rights and international law. Israel must be held accountable for these crimes. The suffering of the Gazans has been ongoing since 1967. The withdrawal of the Israeli occupation army was replaced with a siege that has turned Gaza into an open-air prison.
We believe that the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, one day before the Palestine Nakba 70th anniversary today, is a major setback to peace in the region signaling that the Trump administration has abandoned all pretenses to honest brokering of the peace process.
AHRC affirms that no peace can be achieved or reached under occupation or under siege. Peace can be only achieved through granting Palestine their basic human and political rights. We believe that the conflict, despite Israeli power and the unlimited American support, is far from over. The world has long indicated what a viable peace looks like. Israel, with American support, has been able to defy the whole world, thus prolonging violence and suffering.
"We urge individual state action and international action on Palestine," said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "We salute states that have withdrawn their ambassadors from Israel and the efforts at the UN to hold Israel accountable," added Hamad. "Israel, as a UN member, is bound by the UN Charter and what it is doing in Gaza violates the spirit and letter of the Charter and the Declaration," concluded Hamad.
AHRC wishes all Muslims a blessed Ramadan:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) board of directors, staff and volunteers extend their greetings to all Muslims on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. The Islamic calendar, like the Jewish calendar, is a lunar calendar and the start of the month changes from one year to the next. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, it is the month in which Prophet Mohammad started receiving revelations from God. Aside from fasting, the holy month of Ramadan is a month of self-reflection, sharing, caring and giving. This Ramadan comes amidst true humanitarian tragedies that those several Muslim countries with wars, divide and conflict violating the spirit of the message of peace, gatherers, unity, love and coexistence. The ongoing tragedies in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Burma, across Africa and most recently the escalation of violence by Israeli occupied forces against the Palestinians in Gaza cast a shadow of sadness and mourning.
This year's Ramadan comes on the heal of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, an occupied city that is holy to the three Abrahamic faiths.. Mr. Trump's decision helped add fuel to the fire of the escalating confrontations resulting in a great toll on innocent Palestinians. The crisis continues.
"We wish the Muslim community, here and abroad, a very blessed Ramadan. May the fruits of fasting, prayers and almsgiving among other good deeds during the blessed holy month of Ramadan enrich our lives and bring about peace and prosperity." said Imam Mustapha Elturk, AHRC Founding & Executive Board Member.
"Faith is a great gift and the free exercise of religion is a fundamental human right," said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "We are lucky and we are blessed to live in a country where the fundamental human right to free exercise of religion is respected and honored," added Hamad. "We wish our Muslim friends and supporters a blessed month," concluded Hamad.
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