Gaza carnage wake up call for Muslim unity: Mirwaiz

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday questioned the silence of the Muslim world over the Gaza carnage. He urged the Muslim countries to use their influence in stopping the Israeli aggression in Palestine. 
Addressing a massive Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here to mark Jumat-ul-Vida (last Friday of Ramadan), Mirwaiz said it is unfortunate that the Muslim world has adopted criminal silence over the brutal massacre of at least 850 people in Gaza by the Israeli forces. “Despite the fact that Muslims comprise one-fourth of the world population, the Muslim countries seem to be feeling helpless before Israel,” he said. 
 “There are 57 Muslim countries in the world. Some estimates suggest that 70 percent of world’s energy resources are in the Muslim countries,” Mirwaiz said and added that Muslim countries should have been economically, intellectually and politically strong enough to prevent atrocities against the Muslims. 
He urged the leaders of the Muslim countries to rise to the occasion so that Israel is restrained from naked aggression in Gaza. “This is high time that we unite against Israel. We must prove our mettle and take Israel head on. We can do it only when we stand united,” Mirwaiz said. 
He said Muslims across the world have got entangled in “sectarian divide and disunity”. “We must unite for the cause of our brethren in Palestine and Kashmir,” he said. “If we don’t introspect, forces like Israel will continue to crush us. The present crisis in Syria, Egypt, and Palestine and even in Pakistan should act as an eye-opener for us and it should become a reason for the unity of Muslims across the globe.”
Mirwaiz also slammed the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and Arab League for acting as mute spectators to Gaza genocide. 
The Mirwaiz said that Palestine and Kashmir have almost similar goals and the two “nations” are fighting against the “illegal occupation.” “Both places have suffered immensely over the past three decades by the military might used by Israel and New Delhi. I must put it on record that genuine voices can’t be muzzled though military might,” he said. 
Mirwaiz said on July 24, Israeli forces attacked an UN-run school in northern Gaza which reflects that Israeli forces have no respect for human life. “The attack left 15 people including some women, children and even some members of UN staff dead,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz read and later passed a resolution calling for end to killings in Israel. 
He condemned the act of Israeli army for preventing 50 elderly people from entering the Al-Aqsa Masjid for evening prayers. “This is the worst form of barbarism. On one hand people are being massacred and on the other, they are not being allowed to offer prayers,” Mirwaiz said.

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