Gaza Siege – Statement to the Arab Embassies in London
بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ
This week hundreds of Muslim men, women and children were driven out when trying to cross the Gaza-Egypt border at Rafah, to escape the brutal strangulation of Gaza by Israeli forces. This follows months of laying siege to Gaza by the Zionist occupiers of Palestine resulting in food and medical shortages and the death of many Palestinians in numerous Israeli raids.
We call for the following:
1. The immediate cessation of the criminal and ugly normalization of relations between the Arab regimes and Israel and the severing of all ties.
Only weeks ago at Annapolis, the Arab rulers met and negotiated with the Zionist regime who are committing these atrocities. Any failure to severe relations indicates nothing less than complicity in this current aggression.
2. The immediate dispatch of humanitarian aid – food and fuel – for people in Gaza and those fleeing the region.
Gaza has become a giant concentration camp to exact a slow and harsh punishment from people who simply defend themselves from Israeli occupation.
3. For the armed forces to defend the innocent Palestinian people and liberate the land from oppression, instead of defending and securing the Israeli apartheid entity.
We call upon the armed forces in the region to immediately come to the aid of our Palestinian brothers and sisters as a duty from Islam. Western governments intervene militarily for colonial reasons in foreign lands like Iraq and Afghanistan, citing humanitarian intervention. Islam does not consider Palestine as foreign land, but Muslim land; the blessed and holy land of Al-Aqsa, and the resting place of the Prophets (may Allah’s peace and blessings be on them all). Yet despite the noble aim, the capability, and the support of the people, the Arab regimes refuse to fulfill the duty from Islam to make such a Jihad and send their troops to liberate Palestine to end the suffering.
4. The people of the region to overthrow the spineless Arab rulers who watch the brutal oppression upon the people in Palestine, change the system to establish the Khilafah which will be the shield that protects the Ummah, and from behind which it fights.
We believe that it is only through the establishment of the Khilafah that the oppression of the women and children of Palestine will be lifted. It is only the Khilafah that can unify the Muslim lands, bring strength where there is weakness and return hope where there is desperation.
Allah and His Messenger (saw) have promised its return, the Muslims believe that, and even western colonial governments are preparing for that time. The time of oppression, occupation and colonial rule are ending. The time for Islam, for hope and security, will be coming soon by the will of Allah. Anyone that works for it will be promised the eternal reward of the Akhira, and anyone who works to oppose it will be humiliated in this world and the next.
وَمَا عَلَيْنَا إِلاَّ
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain
26th January 2008