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Middle East Conflict discussed at AMU, Aligarh

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Aligarh: AMU students with the support of the newly elected students union organised a public meeting on 13 February at JF Kennedy Hall on Middle East and the origin of Israel. It was addressed by Dr. Obaidullah Fahad of AMU and Omair Anas of JNU. The two speakers covered current events in Egypt and its greater implications for the Arab and Islamic worlds.

Omair Anas spoke about how Israel is a country which has caused major conflicts in the region. Despite the fact that Israel has been violating international laws, United Nation Security Council resolutions, Geneva charter and every international norm on human rights, the occupier country has full diplomatic and financial support of every so-called responsible country like the United States, Europe, Russia and India. “I believe that every Palestinian killed or injured by Israeli guns has support from India and United States. Our bilateral relations are not transparent and not responsible and I feel my country, by having second largest defence deal with Israel, bears a direct responsibility for each and every killing of Palestinians,” he said adding that now people of the region are fed up of their rulers’ unfulfilled promises and they are asking why their huge natural, human and financial resources are not bringing respect and dignity and why their people are being killed by imperialist and colonial powers? He said that Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions mark the beginning of a new world order in which Arab and Muslim world will be given due respect in every international forum.

Dr. Obaidulla Fahad of AMU’s department of Islamic Studies exposed the Egyptian rulers’ ruthless anti-people policies and their continued suppression and torture from Gamal Abdel Nasser to Hosni Mubarak. He said that this revolution is the best tribute to Sayyid Qutb and all those who were killed, assassinated, and illegally tortured at the hands of Nasser, Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. He introduced the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egyptian politics and how its people have greatly contributed in the development and progress of the Egyptian society. How can a party whose leaders are Arab world’s best doctors, engineers and academicians, be fundamentalists and extremists? This is all because people like Hosni Mubarak have always tried to appease their western leaders only to protect their small interests in return.

JF Kennedy Conference Hall was full of students who raised slogans to salute the Egyptian revolution. Union president and other office-bearers also addressed the meeting.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 5

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