Day: January 7, 2018

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Turkish air passengers up 11% in 2017

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Istanbul (UNA-OIC) – The number of passengers passing through Turkish airports increased by 11 percent in 2017, compared to the previous year, according to a report of the Transport Ministry, released on Saturday.Turkish airports served more than 193 m…

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NCCM urges Canadian PM to designate January 29 as a national day on Islamophobia

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Ottawa (UNA-OIC) – The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the government to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

Supported by a wide spectrum of Canadian Muslim organizations as well as community partners, the open letter comes in the lead up to the first anniversary of the devastating terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec (CCIQ) on January 29, that claimed the lives of six Muslim men, seriously injured many others and left six widows and seventeen orphans.

“The ongoing impact being felt within the Quebec Muslim community and more broadly, Canadian Muslim communities, one year after the attack speaks to the urgent need for our elected leaders to stand firmly against Islamophobia and the agents of bigotry,” says NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee.

“In light of the upcoming anniversary, we believe such a designation would enable Canadians to join together in remembering the victims of the attack, while also increasing public awareness about the threats posed by hate, bigotry, and Islamophobia to the Canadian social fabric,” says NCCM Public Affairs Coordinator Eve Torres.

Today’s open letter echoes a previous call for January 29 to be declared a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, which was made by a coalition of national and Quebec-based Muslim organizations, led by the NCCM, in the immediate aftermath of the Quebec mosque attack.

The NCCM which is a prominent civil liberty & advocacy organization, an independent non-partisan and non-profit organization that is a leading voice for Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

January 7, 2018 Off

NCCM urges Canadian PM to designate January 29 as a national day on Islamophobia

By Web Desk

Ottawa (UNA-OIC) – The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the government to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.

Supported by a wide spectrum of Canadian Muslim organizations as well as community partners, the open letter comes in the lead up to the first anniversary of the devastating terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec (CCIQ) on January 29, that claimed the lives of six Muslim men, seriously injured many others and left six widows and seventeen orphans.

“The ongoing impact being felt within the Quebec Muslim community and more broadly, Canadian Muslim communities, one year after the attack speaks to the urgent need for our elected leaders to stand firmly against Islamophobia and the agents of bigotry,” says NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee.

“In light of the upcoming anniversary, we believe such a designation would enable Canadians to join together in remembering the victims of the attack, while also increasing public awareness about the threats posed by hate, bigotry, and Islamophobia to the Canadian social fabric,” says NCCM Public Affairs Coordinator Eve Torres.

Today’s open letter echoes a previous call for January 29 to be declared a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia, which was made by a coalition of national and Quebec-based Muslim organizations, led by the NCCM, in the immediate aftermath of the Quebec mosque attack.

The NCCM which is a prominent civil liberty & advocacy organization, an independent non-partisan and non-profit organization that is a leading voice for Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

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Romania will not transfer its embassy to Jerusalem

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Amman (UNA-OIC) � Romania announced on Saturday that it would not transfer its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a statement issued by the Romanian presidency published on its official website.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed by phone on Friday with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis the issue of relocating his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after Romania abstained from a UN General Assembly vote, in December last year, on a draft resolution rejecting the change of status of Jerusalem.

The resolution recommends, inter alia, to UN member states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and to step up international efforts for a lasting, comprehensive and just peace in the Middle East.

According to this position, the statement said that the Romanian president stressed in the explanation of vote the need for a just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the implementation of the two-state solution.

It was also shown on this occasion that Romania’s position on the status of the city of Jerusalem remains in line with that established by the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly in the field, it added.

On December 21, the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 to declare US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency

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Jordanian King meets Arab ministerial delegation on Jerusalem

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Amman (UNA-OIC) � Jordanian King Abdullah II received here on Saturday an Arab ministerial team tasked with following up on the repercussions of a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American embassy to the city.

The team comprised the Foreign Ministers of Egypt Sameh Shukri, Palestine Riyad Al Malki, Saudi Arabia Adel Al Jubeir and Morocco Nasser Bourita as well as United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, and Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Aboul Gheit.

During the meeting which took place at Al Husainiyah Palace, the King underlined the need to ramp up efforts and coordinate Arab positions to support the Palestinians in safeguarding their solid historical and legal rights in the city of Jerusalem and their quest to set up their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The issue of Jerusalem, he stressed, should be settled within the framework of a final settlement and a permanent peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis based on the two-state solution and according to international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The King also emphasized the importance of supporting the steadfastness of Jerusalemites and safeguarding the Arab identity of Jerusalem and Islamic and Christian holy sites in the city, and the need to build on the international consensus regarding the legal status of Jerusalem.

The Jordanian King reiterated that Jordan, based on the Hashemite custodianship of Muslim and Christian holy shrines in Jerusalem, will exert utmost efforts to uphold its religious and historic responsibility to protect the sacred places.

The meeting tackled the best means to counter the implications of the US decision, which contradicts international legitimacy resolutions that affirm that the status of Jerusalem can only be determined through negotiations between the parties concerned. It was also agreed that efforts should be intensified to find a political horizon towards ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on bases that meet the Palestinian people’s right to freedom and to set up their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The meeting was attended by the Royal Court chief, the minister of foreign and expatriate’s affairs and the director of the King’s office.

The Arab League has earlier announced the formation of a minor Arab ministerial team of the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as the Arab League chief to follow up on the negative consequences of the US decision on Jerusalem and explain its seriousness in view of the historic and religious status of Jerusalem for Arabs and Muslims.

The ministerial delegation was named upon Arab League division 8821, which was issued in an Arab League Council meeting called for by Jordan and Palestine last month.

Source: Interantional Islamic News Agency