While we are busy with our own affairs, it is important for us as a Muslim to locate our time to know what is happening around the world especially to the recent situation in Palestine. Last Thursday, I attended the Durham County Palestine Solidarity Campaign organised by the PSC at Town Hall, Durham City Market Place. The PSC is a human right movement in Durham which is actively promoting awareness amongst the public regarding with the issues of Palestine.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip faced a sharply deteriorating humanitarian situation as Israel tightened its closure of the border crossings. No food, medicine, utilities or other vital supplies have been allowed into Gaza that is home to 1.5 million Muslims. An estimated 70 percent of the Gaza Strip has experienced lengthy power outages as Israel has cut off fuel supplies to Gaza’s power plant which is affecting seriously condition in the Gaza’s hospital.
This time, the PSC invited Yvonne Ridley a well known journalist as a special guest speaker who is also an eyewitness account of the Free Gaza Movement boats that in August this year broke the Israeli blockade. Furthermore, 2 Palestinian students, Mr. Iyad and Mr. Mahmoud also shared their experience and recent information on Palestine in which they concluded it as a sheer genocide of Palestinian by Israelis. Although, the International agencies and officials, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have condemned the violation of international humanitarian law by Israel but there is no sign of relief as everybody knows that Israel does not respect the international law at all.
Let us pray to Allah the Almighty for our Muslims brothers in Palestine. Perhaps, we also could donate a certain sum of money for them by depositing into the interpal account at https://www.interpal.org.uk/donate/donate.aspx/. Interpal is a non-political, non-profit making British charity that works with international funding partners on the ground to provide relief and aid to Palestinians in need, mainly in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.
With Yvonne Ridley and Mr. Mahmoud of Palestinien Student of Durham University.
Yvonne Ridley is a British-born, award-winning journalist and well known in the Muslim world for her outspoken views and defence of Islam. She reverted to Islam 30 months after making international headlines when she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan.