South Africa’s Muslim leaders slam Israel, express solidarity with Palestinians

2023-10-09 18:02:55

Several hundred members of the Muslim community in South Africa have voiced solidarity with Palestinians as the Hamas resistance movement launched an unprecedented military operation against the Israeli regime.

The gathering to express support for the Palestinian people was held on Sunday at the Al Quds mosque in Cape Town.

"Recently, we saw how the Zionists act against Christians, so it is not only a muslim issue. It’s a matter of human rights. It’s a matter of where the rights of others are being violated and to the extent where they cannot live freely their religion" says Moulana Abdul Khaliq Ebrahim Allie, President, United Ulema Council South Africa.

Operation al-Aqsa Storm, which got underway by the Gaza Strip-based resistance factions on Saturday, is the biggest operation launched by Palestinian groups against the occupying entity in years.

Israeli media outlets say more than 800 Israeli settlers and troops have been killed as a result of the operation. Some 2,560 Israelis have also been injured.

In a phone conversation with Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, on Sunday, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi said the “steely resolve” of the Palestinians heralds the final victory over the Israeli regime.

"South Africa's liberation movement "was also forced... to take up arms to have an impact" said Shaykh Shahid Esau, a former member of the South African parliament.

During the apartheid era, "the world community was called on to have sanctions against South Africa and we find the very same Western countries that supported South Africa during the apartheid regime...they are the very same people that are now supporting Israel against the Palestinian people," he added.

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