Gaza war: Palestinian Ambassador calls for ceasefire, humanitarian aid


*Photo: Ambassador Shawesh*

The Palestinian Ambassador in Nigeria Ambassador Abdullah Mohammed Shawesh, has called for a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Ambassador Shawesh also made a passionate request for international aid for Palestinians.

Speaking in Lagos on Sunday at a Roundtable meeting with journalists to brief them on the ongoing war, the envoy said Palestinians were going through the worst kind of genocide in the hands of Israeli forces.

He appealed to Nigerians to shun the narrative that the war was a conflict between Muslims and Christians, saying this was a propaganda being fueled by Israel to divide international public opinion.

Shawesh said Israeli forces do not discriminate between Muslim and  Christian Palestinians as they go about killing them and often posting the videos online to catch fun.

He also said it was not a Muslim-Jew conflict as there were Jewish and Christians on the Palestinian side who were vehemently fighting the Israelis.

Ambassador Shawesh blamed western nations, particularly America for arming Israel and turning a blind eye to the atrocities being committed by its military.

Making a case for aid, he said “Humanitarian aid should come to Gaza. Starvation is a real issue in Gaza.

“Even the water in Gaza today is completely destroyed. So, we used to boil it to make sure that we could drink it, before it became a health issue.”

Secretary-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who was also at the Roundtable stated that religion was not at the centre of the war.

Professor Oloyede said the issue should rather be viewed  from the perspective of humanity, explaining that this explained why both Muslim and Christian journalists were invited to the session.

“It is not about religion but about justice and fairness.

“People who write or look at it from a religious angle have little understanding of the issue on the ground,” the NSCIA scribe said.


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