ABUJA – Nigerian Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims; has kicked against the recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel by U.S President Donald Trump, urging Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria to withdraw an Israeli security company training Nigerians troops.
MURIC while joining other groups and personalities to condemn recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States of America President, Mr. Donald Trump noted that “Trumps 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.”
In a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC maintained that “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.”
Akintola in the statement said “Israel 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.
“Israel 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 children unchallenged.
“Trumps 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.
Akintola then urged Federal Government of Nigeria to withdraw the Israeli’s security company training Nigerians troops.
“MURIC appeals to the Federal Government to withdraw the Israeli security company training Nigerian troops on the protection of our waterways immediately.