Muslims united in condemning mosque attack
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
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