UK Muslim scholars issue open statement slamming Israel as an illegitimate state

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Gaza Post – Agencies//

A group of Muslim scholars from the UK has issued a powerful statement slamming Israel as an illegitimate state and calling for the return of all Palestinian lands to their people, the Palestinians. 

The statement which was spearheaded by Shaykh Asrar Rashid from Birmingham has also called for an end to the Israeli occupation of the entirety of Palestine. 

They wrote in their statement, "We, the undersigned, do not recognize Israel as a legitimate state. It must return the entirety of Palestinian lands."

"Palestinians have no link to the Holocaust and the crimes of the Second World War against the Jewish people." the statement added.

The scholars clarified that they condemn the continued fascist Israeli oppression which has cost the Palestinian people their freedom, homeland, and lives for over seventy years. 

The statement added, "Islam does not promote anti-Semitism and Arabs are also a Semitic people. On the contrary, the second Caliph of Islam, Hadrat Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) took charge of the Church of the Sepulchre and commanded Muslims to take care of it and give Christians their full rights to worship which were curtailed prior by sectarianism."

The caretakers of this Church have been a Muslim family since the arrival of Islam in the seventh century. Jews, Christians, and Muslims coexisted in peace and security in Palestine until the Zionist occupation ended the mutual tolerance that had existed for over a millennium.