3. Action required
Policy makers and media outlets have been creating an increasingly hostile environment regarding the Middle East. Such an atmosphere will inevitably lead to fresh conflict in the region as the only viable result. To condemn such actions and express concern, signatories are being added to a letter entitled “Drums Beat for Another War in the Middle East”.
The letter to condemn more war in the Middle East is as follows:
Drums Beat for Another War in the Middle East!!
We, the undersigned, are concerned by the ever escalating policy, language and rhetoric of demonisation, which has been pivotal in fostering an environment in which war and destruction is the only possible inevitable result.
This policy will only have an effect of benefitting those who already have a vested interest in causing war in the Middle East as an effective diversion intended to distract from their failed policies. It seems that we have learned nothing from the slippery slope that had led us to the death and destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, which still continues to this day to result in the death of innocents, with no bright future in sight.
We are also extremely concerned with the increasing prevalence of the tactic of assassination and extrajudicial killing, whether by assassins or impersonal drones, and the language and rhetoric that has had the effect of legitimising and normalising this kind of abhorrent behaviour. This behaviour endorses taking the lives of innocent people as the preferred tool for promoting ‘democracy, freedom and justice’. Of urgent concern also is the legitimatisation of the above through apathy and lack of commitment to identify, expose and hold to account those who commit these barbaric acts.
We urge the British government and the international community to put an end to the acceptability of this kind of irresponsible rhetoric of war, which has the effect of legitimising, promoting and giving the green light to third party action that has the potential to unleash more misery, war and destruction. The colonial mentality behind such conduct must be abandoned and all issues of concern should be negotiated through means of diplomacy and mutual respect. If you wish to add your name/organisation to the list please contact us on 020 8904 4222 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nooruddin Ahmed, Agroni Research, UK
Zaid Al-Hasani, Abrar Islamic Foundation
Samir Al-Haidari, AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM), UK
Ali Baghdadi, Arab Journal
Lauren Booth, Broadcaster and Journalist, UK
Les Levidow, Campaign Against Criminalising Communites, UK
Soraya Boyd, CEO and Founder of Facilitate Global, UK
Mahmood Bhogadia, Chair of Trustees- Mahmood Bhogadia Charitable Foundation, UK
Richard Haley, Chair Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC), UK
Arshad Gamiet, Chairman, Islamic Welfare Association of West Surrey
Mohideen Abdul Kader, Citizens International Penang, Malaysia
Shakir Ahmed, Editor of Passion Islam, UK
Moazzam Begg, Ex Guantanamo Bay Detainee, UK
Salma Yaqoob, Former leader of Respect Party, UK
Brenda Heard, Founder, Friends of Lebanon
Selma James, International Jewish anti-Zionist Network, UK
Massoud Shadjareh, Islamic Human Rights Commission, UK
Raza Kazim, Islamic Human Rights Commission, UK
Kamran Fathi, Islamic Student Association Chairman, UK
Roger Higginson, Israeli Committee Against House demolitions (ICAHD) and Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU), UK
Abu Talib, Jamatt Al Muslimeen, Brooklyn, USA
Steve Atherton, Justice and Peace, Liverpool Archdiocese, UK
Jeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament, UK
John Hemming, Member of Parliament, UK
John McDonnell, Member of Parliament, UK
Roger Gordon, Member of the Public and the Methodist Church, UK
M.H. Jawahirullah, MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly), Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, State of Tamilnadu, India
Said Zulficar, Network for Colonial Freedom, UK
Ramon Grosfoguel, Professor, UC-Berkeley, USA
Barbara Kentish, RC Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace Commission, UK
Richard Haley, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, UK
John Rees, Stop the War Coalition, UK
Mona AbuSharekh, Wefaq Association, UK
Anjum Anwar, Woman’s voice
Abdool Rashid Hemmuth
Abdul Hamid Slatch, Secretary General, Young Muslim Association, Kenya
Agathe Chamous Larisse
Bonnie Jones Shinneman
Bruce Kent, Activist
Canon Garth Hewitt
Derek F Wharton
Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Dr Elaheh Rostami-Povey
Dr. David Marchesi
Dr. David Toorawa
Dr. Mohamad Nasrin Nasir, Islamic Science University of Malaysia
Hasanain F.A. Hameer, Tanzania
Johnny Roberts, Individual Human Rights Activist
Mamadou Lamine Mane
Mohamed Bokreta, Freelance writer
Mohamedali Harunany, Kenya
Mohamedarif M. Jagani
Mrs M. Harris
Professor Abbas Edalat
Professor Caroline Rooney
Professor Hamid Algar
Professor Mona Baker
Professor Norman Finkelstein
Professor Syed Masood
Ramzy Baroud, Author and Journalist
Reverend Enid Gordon
Reverend Stephen Sizer
Reverend Tony Graham
Sayyid Hassan A. Badawy Al-Husseiny
Seyed Mohammad Marandi
Sharen Green, Human rights activist
Sharifa Maosufa Karima
Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, Islamic Lecturer
Suleman Ismail Limbada
Syed Farrukh Ehsan Bokhari
Tahera Hameed Shaykh
Yusuf Umer Abdulrehman
3. Action Required
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