Pasha International's Official Statement on the Violence against Palestinians
For the past couple of weeks we have seen numerous human rights violations taking place against the Palestinians in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in Gaza and in one of Islam's most sacred sites, the Al-Aqsa Compound. In typical fashion, the Zionist state of Israel used the holy month of Ramadan, one of the holiest times of the year for Muslims, to inflict pain and suffering on the Palestinians through the use of forced displacements of the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, and attacking worshippers in Al-Aqsa. As if that wasn't enough, Israel launched an aerial campaign on Gaza with the objective of killing innocent civilians, destroying hospitals and silencing media organizations reporting in the Strip.
It is time that we take more decisive action beyond our social media posts in any way we can. This is why we are donating 100% of our revenue from the last week of Ramadan to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. We highly encourage you to donate to these organizations and any other organizations that are aiding the Palestinian cause.
We strongly condemn all these acts of violence committed by Israel. Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians are nothing new. The illegal Zionist occupiers have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinians since their very inception. Until today, Israel has almost never been held accountable, and is instead encouraged by allies like the United States government, which provides Israel with $3.8 billion in aid every year, the largest recipient of US aid in the world.
Just yesterday, despite the targeted killing of civilians in Gaza, US President Joe Biden approved a sale of weapons to Israel for $735 million, part of a larger $38 billion in military aid promised to Israel between 2019 and 2028. While our government makes endless excuses to prevent giving minimal aid to millions of Americans suffering from the effects of the pandemic, Israel is receiving uncontested military aid in the billions in order to kill and suppress innocent civilians in the West Bank and Gaza.
We also encourage everyone to email and call their local politicians and exert pressure on those who have been silent or complicit in the face of all this violence. For far too long, the Muslim community has too easily given away votes to politicians who do not heed our calls. Our Senators and Congressman will visit our mosques and communities when election season is near, but have largely ignored our calls to condemn the actions of Israel.
Al-Aqsa is one of the holiest sites in Islam. It is our first Qibla (direction to which Muslims turn to pray), and the place of the Prophet’s ascension to heaven on the night of Al-Isra.
Al-Aqsa is our red line. It is non-negotiable. It’s high time we made that clear to the world.