21 May 2004
The Muslim Council of Britain denounces with the utmost force Israel’s criminal slaughter of Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territories.
“We have time and again warned that Israel’s murderous leadership would exploit the US presence in Iraq to escalate its ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Now the evidence is incontrovertible. What we are seeing is a creeping genocide of the Palestinian people. It is palpably clear that the Israeli campaign is calculated and deliberate. Most of the Palestinian children killed in recent days bore the marks of sniper bullets to their heads,” said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
The MCB calls to the attention of all concerned that silence in the face of genocide is an act of ‘complicity’, which is itself a crime under Article III of the 1948 Genocide Convention. While we welcome the unanimous condemnation of Israel in the Security Council (UNSC Resolution 1544, 19 May 2004) we assert that the time for verbal condemnations have long passed. In particular, we urge the British government to come off the fence and go beyond words and take a clear stand against Zionist brutality and the dehumanisation of the Palestinian people.[Ends]
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