For the attention of - Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General, MCB.
I just like add to the following, quoted from your recent press release:-
"Rather than starting a new inferno in Iraq, our energies would have been better spent in extinguishing the existing fire in Palestine. Palestine only requires a resolute and honest implementation of all the relevant UN Resolutions and not "roadmaps" and endless zigzagging."
The arrogance, ignorance and brutality of Israeli government is the long standing and the only problem that should have warranted military action against it by the UN or US long ago. Instead, it's being taken on Iraq and it's people in the name of removing Saddam, who could not come anywhere close to what Israeli government has been doing and still continuing - unopposed.
I don't understand why the Muslim leaders, or even so called Muslim organisations - namely MCB, have not, or could not, put up a case to the UN with regards to the Palestines issue and pursue this firmly.
So many times we see on TV the non-Muslims put up questions that should have been already put by us to the people concerned. Like last night on BBCs 'Question Time' someone asked that Saddam defied UN resolutions for 12 years but Israel has been breaching them for over 40 years, not even a word is heard about that? The reply he got from the panel is that the UN never required Israel to disarm. No proper answer! They don't let you come up with further question or clarify the matter concerned.
If I had the chance, or if I was in a position where I could question these so called intelectual, intelligent political Leaders, PM or President, if they can come out on open public debate I would question:
Why Israel is so different to Iraq when both are in breach of UN resolutions? May be disarmament was not what UN required but whatever has been required were not complied, why is Israel let loose?
Last year, Israel recklessly denied UN to investigate what happened in Jenin. Why? How are they able to deny UN and still get away with it?
Saddam is doing nothing near to what Israeli government has been and is doing. Saddam is portrayed highly as a dictator when the crimes and continuous barbarism of Sharon and Israeli regime is being covered up day to day, why?
Why is America so much in defence of Israel?
Why does America ignores and overlooks Israels barbaric and criminal actions against Palestines?
Why should Israel be untouchable and unaccountable to the UN?
What is so secret about Israel to America?
The UK and USA say that this war with Iraq is for liberation of it's people. If they are true liberators, why haven't they taken this sort of step against Israel to free the Palestines first before moving on to Iraq?
Palestines are the ones in desperate need of liberation. Israeli occupation is the one and only obstacle to the Middle East peace process. If this was sorted out, the so called terrorism (I don't believe it's terrorism - it is retaliation) will disappear. Why is this fact overlooked and ignored?
And finally, the USA has come up with a road map thing and even that with more time to implement. This kind of promise was given as they were going to attack Afghanistan that the Palestine issue will be sorted urgently. From Afghanistan they have moved on to Iraq, over one year gone - now they come out with just a map plan, is this a joke or a game they are playing? What is their ultimate plan?
Although some of the questions above, one way or the other, are asked often but not to any satisfactory answer. They will not, not that they can't, discuss clearly. Otherwise, they would have to do something, which they don't want to, about this issue.
But,if every Leaders in the Middle East came out together with these questions - there would have been serious pressure on the West. It's our problem that we won't, not that we can't, unite and are letting them on to us without standing up for the rights. This is devastating to our future.
I am a normal person with no recognisable position that I can make my points heard. I hope you at the MCB could do something to make these known to everyone so that everyone can put up these questions to the government demanding clear answers.