This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, December 7, 2017
MURIC CONDEMNS TRUMP’S RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL
7th December, 2017
CONDEMNS TRUMP’S RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL
president, Donald Trump, yesterday gave official recognition to Jerusalem as
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this latest move by Trump. It
is arrogant and provocative.
is being built on the blood of thousands of innocent Palestinians, including
women and children. How can we be talking of peace where there is no justice? The
Zionist state has carried out more than nineteen (19) massacres since its
controversial and forceful establishment in 1948. Yet a world super power that
prides itself in the principles of democracy, liberty and rule of law is the
same country giving Israel all the backing it needs.
Israel’s atrocities are uncountable.
The first was the Yehida Massacre on 13th December 1947 where more
than 15 unarmed Arab civilians were brutally killed. Khisas massacre which
occurred on 18th December, 1947 claimed the lives of 10 Arab
civilians while Sharafat Massacre of 7th February 1951 also claimed
10 lives, just to mention a few. But the worst massacre of Palestinians in history
was that of Deir Yassin where 250 unarmed Palestinians were killed. 25 pregnant
women were bayoneted alive in the stomach thereby brutally killing both the
mothers and their unborn children. 52 children were maimed.
and its leaders have been unrepentant and belligerent even in recent times. We
recall the unprovoked destruction of the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osilak in
June 1981, Netanyahu’s desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the constant
defilement of same by Israeli settlers. Palestinian homes are bulldozed at will
while Israeli soldiers continue to kill vulnerable and unarmed women and
latest pronouncement has merely poured salt on open wounds and confirmed the
world’s suspicion that he does not want peace in the Middle East or elsewhere
for that matter except in his personal bedroom. All the promises made to
Palestinians have always ended unfulfilled and the actions of the super powers
tend to deflate hopes and aspirations. The world seems unprepared for peace as
justice has become a very scarce commodity.
MURIC appeals to the Federal Government
to withdraw the Israeli security company training Nigerian troops on the
protection of our waterways immediately. Those who bayonet pregnant women and
shoot young children can only transfer a mentality of brutality to our own
soldiers if they are allowed to train them. You can only give what you have.
What Israeli soldiers have is tyranny and barbarism. In addition, both the
Federal and state governments should avoid entering into any bilateral
agreement with Israel until the Zionist state stops its infringements on
Allah-given fundamental human rights of the Palestinians.
charge individual Nigerian Muslims and Islamic organisations to boycott all
American programmes scheduled to take place in Nigeria in protest against
Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Nonetheless, we
urge Muslims to eschew any feeling of bitterness against American citizens. Trump
must be recognized for what he is: an uncommon American leader whose action
should not be used to judge the average American official. Neither should we
judge the average American citizen by the actions of the American government as
represented by Trump.
assure all Western citizens in the country of the good conduct of Muslims
towards them. Aggression is not in MURIC’s character. Neither do we encourage
its transfer. No foreigner should therefore be made to taste Trump’s pudding.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)