By Gerry Salapuddin
As a concerned Muslim and a peace loving human being, I am deeply and conscientiously affected by the excessive force used by Israel against worshippers inside Masjid Al-Aqsa, the first Qibla and third holiest masjid of Islam and bombardments of Palestinian enclaves in the thickly populated Gaza Strip and barbaric and open dispossession of Palestinian homes and lands in East and West Jerusalem coupled with the continuous construction of illegal settlements for non-Middle Eastern Europeans and Americans. It’s pure and shameless land grabbing!
The Zionists comprising of Askhenazi and Khazaris from Europe and their American counterpart, who are not true Jews and are neither descendants of the Prophets, are the sources and causes of the problem between Palestinians and the true Jews. But the bigger problem is the unconditional support and continuing use of its veto power in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) by the US which derailed or rendered any and all Resolutions for Palestine null and void in the past.
The international community must call upon the United States to reign on Israel and support and spearhead the initiative to resolve the Palestinian issue once and for all. The US must not miss the opportunity to have “a date with history” by using the “force of diplomacy,” together with the four other permanent members of the UNSC, i.e. UK, Russia, China and France.
As a start, the UN must declare a cessation of hostilities from both sides and send UN International Peacekeeping Force to prevent any farther violence. We also would like to call on our beloved President Duterte as the chief architect of Philippine foreign policy to tell the UN that our government is ready to send a peacekeeping contingent with other peace loving UN Member countries, comprising of the veteran and courageous Bangsamoro Forces from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi (BASULTA) Islands as part of the Philippine peacekeeping contingent. In that way, we can show to the world that while our people are fearless in war, they are also dedicated peacemakers.
The author, ABDULGHANI “GERRY” A. SALAPUDDIN is the Administrator/CEO of Southern Philippines Development Authority