London, UK, November 27 2007 – Although this week’s Middle East conference at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis is being attended by more than 40 countries and organisations, including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Indonesia, it has no legitimacy whatsoever.
Commenting on the Annapolis conference, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "We do not believe that the US and her subservient tyrants in the Middle East, have any right to determine the fate of Palestine. It is this very colonial intervention in the region that has never addressed the real grievances of its peoples and has led to the breakdown of peace, tranquility and security. From the crime of usurping the land of Palestine to create the Israeli state, to the present day, Western intervention in the region has been an abject failure."
"Many rightly question how it is that the warmongers of our era can bring peace to the Middle East. How can George Bush whose hands are soiled with the blood of over 650,000 civilians in Iraq and who just a year ago supported Israel’s brutal onslaught on civilians in Lebanon talk about peace? It is also right to question the motives of the US administration which seem more focused on Bush’s legacy than anything else."
"The Annapolis conference, like those before it, seeks to legitimise the existence of Israel and normalise relations between it and the Muslim world. However, a crime remains a crime even after 60 years of brutal occupation and the state of Israel is no more legitimate today than it was 60 years ago."
"For centuries, Jews, Muslims and Christians lived side by side in peace under the justice of the Islamic Caliphate. Hizb ut-Tahrir continues its political work to re-establish the Islamic Caliphate in the Muslim world. The Islamic Caliphate will end the era of unelected dictators and tyrants and establish a society where Jews, Muslims and Christians of the region will live in peace under the just laws of Islam."
Notes to Editors:
1) On the 27th November 2007, Hizb ut-Tahrir in Palestine will be holding large demonstrations in Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus and Bethlehem against the Annapolis conference.