26th April 2001
The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Mr Yousuf Bhailok, today returned from an International Conference on the Palestinian Intifadah held in Tehran, Iran on April 24-25th 2001.
In his conference speech Mr Bhailok, on behalf of the Muslims in Britain, extended their moral support for the just cause of the long suffering of the Palestinian people. “The MCB fully supports the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in holding this much-needed conference. The Palestinian people have been suffering for far too long. The world’s 1.2 billion Muslims are calling upon the leading powers to actively help the Palestinian people to regain their rights which are being so blatantly trampled upon by the Israeli authorities,” said Mr Bhailok. He called for less rhetoric and more action. He noted the double standards and hypocrisy of the International community in relation to this issue and called for all UN, Arab League and OIC conference resolutions to be implemented.
Mr Bhailok further stated that “Muslims in Britain have a clear position in respect of Palestine and Bait-al Muqaddas and Al-Quds. We certainly show solidarity with the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people and hence our conference attendance. Conferences now and in the past have made declarations and resolutions but the international community has not had the will to find a just solution to this enormous human tragedy. Gatherings of this nature give some moral and some practical support to the cause and reiterate previous positions adopted.”
“Britain and the European Union should use its economic leverage over Israel to urge it to dismantle its illegal settlements and withdraw from the occupied territories. They should also send an armed observer force to the occupied territories to help prevent further wanton Israeli killings of Palestinians,” said Mr Yousuf Bhailok.
The conference was attended by the Heads and members of parliaments, and leading political, scientific and cultural personalities from across the Muslim world.