Mus­lims united in con­demn­ing mosque at­tack

The Mercury - - OPINION -

WORDS have power and any­one read­ing the head­lines “Ter­ror At­tack at Mosque” would have felt the im­pact in their gut, even though “Ter­ror” was in in­verted com­mas as it is based on con­jec­ture.

The me­dia needs to con­sider the con­se­quences of the man­ner in which news is pre­sented – this will im­me­di­ately alarm ev­ery­one and in­crease sales, but at what cost?

We are at a crit­i­cal point where we can open the door through con­jec­ture

Vi­o­lence is not the route to take

IT WAS re­ported in The Mer­cury of May 14, that “Churches bombed in In­done­sia”, leav­ing 13 dead and 41 burnt.

In­done­sia is a Mus­lim coun­try and it seems Chris­tians are per­se­cuted by face­less peo­ple, as we see happening in South Africa in the town of Ot­tawa near Veru­lam.

Last week, we saw a bloody at­tack at the Imam Hus­sein mosque, and soon af­ter, a bomb dis­cov­ered in the mosque.

If the bomb ex­ploded, it would have had a dev­as­tat­ing effect. It seems who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for plant­ing the bomb and the ear­lier at­tack, had a deep ha­tred for the Shia faith.

Killing Shias, and the in­ten­tion to bomb the mosque, won’t solve prob­lems – Shias are based all over the world. Their mother coun­try, Iran, and strong­hold of the Shias won’t be shattered over a few killings and want­ing to bomb a mosque.

They must get it straight in their heads that turn­ing to vi­o­lence is not the way to go – it is a wrong route taken. Tol­er­ance is the right way, with re­spect and dig­nity.

Ev­ery­one has the right to prac­tise their faith in which­ever way they want. There should be no in­tim­i­da­tion or at­tacks made on any religious faith.

Peo­ple turn­ing to vi­o­lent ways are in­deed cow­ards. They have per­verted minds. It is dis­gust­ing that they stoop to at­tack­ing peo­ple and plac­ing a bomb in the mosque. They are sick and need treat­ment.

I re­gard the at­tack on the Ot­tawa mosque as ter­ror­ism, there is no other way to de­scribe it.

What has taken place in In­done­sia and Ot­tawa is the work of peo­ple with warped minds. IS­MAIL MOOLA


Iso­late mur­der­ous Is­rael for its crimes

SEVENTY years ago, Bri­tish im­pe­ri­al­ists implanted the set­tler colo­nial­ist Is­raeli regime into Pales­tine, the heart of the Arab and Mus­lim world. They were aided by France and Ger­many, and fol­lowed later by the US, which has now opened an em­bassy in oc­cu­pied Jerusalem in fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law.

Thou­sands of un­armed Pales­tini­ans have been in­jured and killed in protests, plead­ing to the world to recog­nise their le­git­i­mate right to re­turn to their homes.

Eighty per­cent of the Pales­tini­ans in Gaza are refugees from what is now “Is­rael”. The UN, and other in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, co­erced and pres­surised by Western pow­ers, in­clud­ing Russia, have dis­mally failed to de­liver justice to the hap­less Pales­tini­ans.

The Arab regimes, ruled by tyrants or il­le­git­i­mate monar­chies like Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE, have joined the West in plung­ing their dag­gers deep into the backs of the en­slaved Pales­tini­ans.

Twelve mil­lion Pales­tini­ans are now un­der siege and starv­ing in Gaza, or op­pressed in the West Bank, or are per­se­cuted un­der an apartheid Is­raeli regime or lan­guish in wretched and mis­er­able refugee camps in the di­as­pora.

Coun­tries that have trade, mil­i­tary, sport­ing, cul­tural or diplo­matic re­la­tions with Is­rael, a na­tion com­mit­ting heinous crimes against hu­man­ity and ex­e­cut­ing mas­sacres with im­punity, can­not be re­garded as part of the civilised world.

This brutal en­tity has to be iso­lated. Is­rael has been re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing an­ar­chy and may­hem, with their weapons of de­struc­tion tested on the im­pris­oned Pales­tini­ans, through­out the world.

With­drawal of the am­bas­sador, while a step in the right di­rec­tion, will be akin to pulling back an inch of a 10-inch dag­ger from the bleed­ing back of the Pales­tini­ans. Words and fear, or shut the door by fo­cus­ing on the wide­spread and united con­dem­na­tion by the Mus­lim com­mu­nity of this atroc­ity.

How we han­dle this will de­ter­mine how we view each other. The con­se­quences start here.

The an­gle to the story is the story. When Dy­lan Roof killed nine black wor­ship­pers at the Charleston Church and wore an old South African flag there was no men­tion of the word ter­ror or ter­ror­ist in the head­lines, of con­dem­na­tion no longer suf­fice.

The ar­gu­ments raised by pro-Zion­ist lob­by­ists that South Africa dis­plays dou­ble stan­dards does not hold wa­ter.

As pointed out by a Ra­dio 702 talk-show host, it is as if one can only im­prison or charge a rapist if all the other rapists are caught and pros­e­cuted.

If an ab­so­lute and to­tal iso­la­tion with the mur­der­ous Is­rael en­tity is not in­sti­tuted forth­with, then all of us must be re­garded as be­ing com­plicit in the mur­der of the un­armed Pales­tini­ans. FIROZ OSMAN Gauteng

US needs to ex­am­ine role in op­pres­sion

THIS isn’t the first time Is­rael has vi­ciously treated Pales­tini­ans; it’s been a com­mon oc­cur­rence for about a half-cen­tury, in both Is­rael it­self and the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries that Is­rael con­trols.

These ca­su­al­ties in­clude chil­dren, jour­nal­ists, peo­ple pray­ing, medics as­sist­ing the wounded, and peo­ple run­ning away and be­ing shot in the back.

The on­go­ing treat­ment of the Pales­tinian peo­ple by the Is­raeli state is dis­crim­i­na­tory, de­hu­man­is­ing, op­pres­sive, brutal, and re­plete with breaches of in­ter­na­tional law.

These are the ex­pressed views of such re­spected ob­servers as Hu­man Rights Watch, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional, UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, De­fence of Chil­dren In­ter­na­tional, Yesh Din, B’tslem, and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Since 1948 the Pales­tini­ans have been told that they are the ag­gres­sors and ter­ror­ists, and the peo­ple that dis­pos­sessed them the in­no­cent vic­tims.

The Pales­tini­ans have been crushed, dis­pos­sessed, tor­tured, and killed in ter­ri­ble num­bers.

Is­rael is an­swer­able for the killings them­selves, but the US needs to ex­am­ine its role in al­low­ing their ally to con­tinue to op­press the Pales­tinian peo­ple. Is­rael can claim it is or a story of ex­trem­ist ten­den­cies in the Afrikaner com­mu­nity.

The fo­cus was on the lo­cal Afrikaner con­dem­na­tion of the mur­ders.

The lo­cal Mus­lim com­mu­nity has been united in its con­dem­na­tion, yet the fo­cus has not been on that but on spec­u­la­tion which will in­crease di­vi­sions in so­ci­ety.

It is hard not to feel pained by the stereo­typ­ing which is com­ing through in the main­stream the real vic­tim and the Pales­tini­ans are ob­struct­ing peace all they want, but it does not re­ally help their cause when they fire at pro­test­ers from be­hind a buf­fer wall. NAAZNEEN MO­TALA


City billing sys­tem a thou­sand-fold er­ror

LAST week The Mer­cury had a head­line that the eThek­wini mu­nic­i­pal­ity was owed mil­lions by house­holds, busi­ness and govern­ment that are not pay­ing their ac­counts.

I am not sure what the cor­rect fig­ure is, but if the ac­count for the small, sec­tional ti­tle com­plex where I live is any­thing to go by, the eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity will not know the true fig­ure.

They made such a hash of con­vert­ing us to the new sys­tem that our lat­est monthly ac­count re­flects an out­stand­ing bal­ance of over R16 000, but the true fig­ure is that eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ac­tu­ally owes us over R10000. This prob­lem has been go­ing on since Novem­ber 2016.

In the week­end news­pa­per, the city had the au­dac­ity to say that the new sys­tem had been suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented and there had been no com­plaints – I go to the Hill­crest of­fice ev­ery month to com­plain!

I am sure that we are not the only body cor­po­rate in this position. DON COCHRAN


Sky Car at­trac­tion more like pie in sky

READ­ING Andrew Dale’s let­ter to­day (City debts due to slow billing sys­tem, May 14) has me re­mount­ing my hobby-horse again.

To my mind, eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity seems in­ca­pable of get­ting any­thing done prop­erly or, more im­por­tantly, cost-ef­fec­tively and a mas­sive wake-up is needed – at ev­ery level in ev­ery sphere of gov­er­nance.

Dys­func­tional mud­dling seems me­dia.

We have lived here in harmony for cen­turies and, hav­ing lived through apartheid, we just want our chil­dren to live lives free of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The am­pli­fi­ca­tion and an­gle of the story have al­ready re­sulted in as­so­ci­a­tions be­ing made. As Al­bert Ca­mus cap­tured it, “To love life is to de­spair of life”.

In the con­se­quences, I feel for our chil­dren, for the di­ver­sity of to be the pre­dom­i­nant fac­tor.

Mr Dale, do not ex­pect any joy­ful res­o­lu­tion of your par­tic­u­lar gripe.

Not when, as a sim­ple ex­am­ple, our so-called City Mother and Fathers go on record in a Sun­day paper, as laud­ing last week’s Travel Ind­aba and high­light­ing, in par­tic­u­lar, the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium “Sky Car” as a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion.

In my opin­ion, this ut­ter waste of money is the brain­child of a per­son with ques­tion­able cra­nial abil­ity, and an equally ques­tion­able mo­tive for self-en­rich­ment.

This, if for no other rea­son than that it seems to have been closed “for main­te­nance” since the last week of De­cem­ber.

In other words, a dead as­set earn­ing sweet noth­ing for most of the last sum­mer through Easter and un­til only those who know when.

I chal­lenge Mrs Mayor to de­liver mean­ing­ful ar­gu­ment against my com­ments. DAVID CARTWRIGHT Hill­crest

Pri­ori­tise the poor, not life in Space

I RE­ALLY do un­der­stand that we should learn some­thing new ev­ery day and that it is im­por­tant to con­tin­u­ally strive for knowl­edge.

But hon­estly and truly, is it re­ally worth spend­ing mil­lions or even bil­lions on try­ing to as­cer­tain whether there is life on Mars or other plan­ets when we can­not even feed and ed­u­cate the peo­ple who try to sur­vive on the planet Earth?

My heart breaks when I hear about space­ships set­ting out to find new fron­tiers some­where out there maybe in about 10 years’ time; and in the same news I hear about mil­lions of chil­dren dy­ing daily of star­va­tion and mal­nu­tri­tion.

Surely we should try to keep the peo­ple on this earth alive be­fore look­ing for more peo­ple or so called “aliens” else­where? AN­GELA PETERS

Wood­haven our rain­bow na­tion and just for the beauty of nor­mal hu­man re­la­tions across bor­ders and per­cep­tions.

Let us re­mem­ber that we have some­thing beau­ti­ful and unique which has never ex­isted in the world be­fore.

We have risen above stereo­types to be­come this rain­bow na­tion. We are be­cause of each other. ZAHIDA KHAN


AfriFo­rum needs a con­struc­tive guide

WHILE AfriFo­rum is cor­rectly rais­ing is­sues such as land se­cu­rity and farm at­tacks, the ques­tions I have for them are whether only white farm­ers are at­tacked, suf­fer losses, or face ex­pro­pri­a­tion?

And are the at­tack­ers black, or is the black govern­ment tak­ing away their land only? Are any rep­re­sen­ta­tions made re­gard­ing black farm­ers that are at­tacked or suf­fer losses?

Does ev­ery AfriFo­rum sem­i­nar start with how blacks were dis­pos­sessed and com­mu­ni­ties up­rooted? Also, what has AfriFo­rum done to pro­mote black farm­ers and as­sist blacks in buy­ing land?

If you see the Farm­ers Weekly or Land­bouweek­blad, ev­ery week there’s plenty of reg­is­tered land sales and blacks are both buy­ers and sell­ers. Not too long ago a sugar farm changed hands in Is­nembe (a for­mer In­dian area) to a white buyer at (my as­sess­ment) a good price. Does AfriFo­rum talk about this? Why doesn’t AfriFo­rum host a web­site of­fer­ing farms for sale on a first come, first served ba­sis and show this to the govern­ment? Rather than play­ing the race and sym­pa­thy card, AfriFo­rum should come up with con­struc­tive solutions. MUHAM­MAD OMAR

Dur­ban North

Sharks team: please pull up your socks

WILL the head coach, or the cap­tain of the Sharks squad, please em­ploy a mea­sure of dis­ci­pline and in­sist that our team abides by our tra­di­tional habit of wear­ing their kit in the re­quired man­ner?

The past two matches have seen the en­tire Du Preez fam­ily, num­bers 7, 8 and 10 plus our hooker (2) and right wing (14) wear­ing their socks in a loutish fash­ion around their an­kles, showing a lack of pride in our colours. ER­ROL HICKS Hill­crest

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