CIOG condemns Israeli attack on Palestine
The Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) has initiated a position of peaceful and positive action in the wake of the Israeli Government’s constant offensive on the Palestine people, which has resulted in the deaths of over 300 people, and injuries to more than 800.
The CIOG, the representative body of Muslims in Guyana, in a release issued yesterday, condemned the attack, which it regarded as a “massacre of the highest order…carried out especially against innocent people, including helpless women and children who are simply seeking their legitimate rights.”
According to the release, the devastating episode can only go down in Islamic History as another “Israeli Massacre on Muslims.”
The CIOG is as a result calling on the outgoing United States Government to eliminate the prejudices held against the Palestinian people, and that President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming Government treats the issue no differently.
Further, the Islamic entity highlighted the CAIR report and, accordingly, welcomes the fact that the European Union (EU), Russia, the UN Secretary-General, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and other international bodies are all urging Israel to end its attacks.
It was noted, too, that Middle East Envoy Tony Blair deplored the “tragic loss of life,” while French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Israel’s “disproportionate use of force.”
EU Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, also in condemnation, has said that the Israeli attacks were “inflicting an unacceptable toll on Palestinian civilians, and will only worsen the humanitarian crisis as well as complicate the search for a peaceful solution.”
However, the CIOG stressed in the release that much more has to be done other than just condemning.
For this reason, the CIOG has initiated a position of peaceful and positive action, and has advocated a number of measures.
Among these are the reduction/removal of the arms arsenal and a withdrawal of further arms support; an immediate inventory of all arms arsenal by an international body; immediate removal of the humanitarian blockade that is causing tremendous pain and suffering to a civilized nation, and which led to the recent breakdown of the ceasefire; agreement to find a solution to the land issue; discontinuance of the humiliation that is presently meted out to Palestinian people, the appointment of an International Peace Keeping mission to make periodic visits and to ensure that the arsenal audit is maintained; and immediate financial support from major donor institutions with a view to restructuring the lives of the Palestinian people.
The Muslim organization also urges that President-elect Obama must demonstrate his commitment to change the current American Middle East policy by speaking out and doing what is in favour of peace and justice for all parties to this decades-long conflict, and that world leaders must take direct action to end Israel’s counterproductive and wildly disproportionate attacks.