Drums Beat for Another War in the Middle East!

Drums Beat for Another War in the Middle East!

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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.

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
Ella Rule, International Secretary, Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
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
Dr. Ghoncheh Tazmini Instituto de Estudos Estrategicos e Internacionais, Lisbon, Portugal
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
Naeem Darr, Muslim Directory, UK
Said Zulficar, Network for Colonial Freedom, UK
Ramon Grosfoguel, Professor, UC-Berkeley, USA
Ouissem Satouri, Président de EMF idf
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
Abbas Merali
Abdool Rashid Hemmuth
Abdul Hamid Slatch, Secretary General, Young Muslim Association, Kenya
Afsha Butt
Agathe Chamous Larisse
Ahmed Aqyl
Akeel Merali
A.L. Junid
Ali Merali
Aliyah Rajan
Amer Riaz
Antony Brown
Asma Chaudhry
Beeana Faridi
Bernard Kilroy
Bonnie Jones Shinneman
Bruce Kent, Activist
Canon Garth Hewitt
Catherine Dyer
Christopher Eldridge
Cynthia McKinney
Daud R Matthews
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
Eileen Osmond
Ema Choudhury
Ernesto Paramo
Fawziah Rita
Fazle Ali Syed
George Fernee
Gulamabbas Sikiladha
Hadayai Majeed
Hamja Ahsan
Harfiyah Haleem
Hasanain F.A. Hameer, Tanzania
Imad Undre
Ismat Abdulla
Janine Kilroy
Jean Franklin
Joanna Brown
Johnny Roberts, Individual Human Rights Activist
Kashif Ahmed
Karam Nishapuri, Deputy Pir and Murshid, Ghamkol Shareef (Birmingham)
Kazam A. Rashid, Karachi Pakistan
Khalid Sulaiman
Layla Russell
Leperchois Stephane
Mamadou Lamine Mane
Maryam Hafezji
M.B. Siddiqui
Miriam Margolyes
Mohamed Bokreta, Freelance writer
Mohamed Dewji
Mohamed Khalfan
Mohamedali Harunany, Kenya
Mohammed Nazir
Mohamedarif M. Jagani
Mrs M. Harris
Mubeena Azam
Nadeem Akhtar
Naseema Mall
Nisar Dean
Nizar Boga
Nourallah Chakroun
Professor Abbas Edalat
Professor Caroline Rooney
Professor Hamid Algar
Professor Mona Baker
Professor Norman Finkelstein
Professor Syed Masood
Rachid ID Yassine, Sociologist, Anthropologist
Ramzy Baroud, Author and Journalist
Rashida Dean
Raza Panju
Refet Yonsel
Reverend Enid Gordon
Reverend Stephen Sizer
Reverend Tony Graham
Reza Saidi
Rima Fakhry
Robert Griffiths
Sajjad Govani
Sakinah Merali
Sami Joseph
Sanjeeva W.
Sayyid Hassan A. Badawy Al-Husseiny
Semalie Hila
Seyed Mohammad Marandi
Sharen Green, Human rights activist
Sharifa Maosufa Karima
Shehnaz Merali
Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, Islamic Lecturer
Sheila Brown
Sukaina Hirji
Sukaina Panju
Suleman Ismail Limbada
Swaleha Kassim
Siraj Desai
Syed Bukhari
Syed Farrukh Ehsan Bokhari
Tahera Hameed Shaykh
Tariq Shabazz
Tamzin Jans
Teimour Azarpay
Turab Shah
Youssef Boussoumah, decolonial activist, Paris, France
Yusuf Umer Abdulrehman
Zahra Husain
Zahra Zinab
Zainab Zahra
Zarook M.C.M.
Zuzana Naqvi

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