By Bayan Nalubwama
Ubuntu Nation Pan-African Initiative in partnership with the the Iranian community in Uganda have celebrated the 40th International Quds Day in support for the Palestinians to oppose Israelites and the Zionists.
The International Quds Day, is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan. The day was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel.
This year’s commemoration was held under the theme ‘the plight of the Palestinian people post COVID-19’ and was graced by H.E Cherif Oulid, the Ambassador of Algeria in Uganda, H.E Mehdi Salehi, The Iranian Ambassador, Iranian diplomats, government and cultural leaders.
In an event organized at Makerere University, Cedat conference Hall, Alhaj Aziizi Sennogga Tamuzade from Ubuntu Nation Pan-African Initiative said that they chose to partner with Makerere University, to show solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people and also respond to the call of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
“Palestine has a close relationship with Uganda. As you can all remember in 1976, Israelites came and destroyed Ugandan property as they were trying to rescue their people while president Amin was trying to negotiate on the Palestine -Israel issues. We also organized this day because since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Palestine deaths nolonger seem to be newsworthy. We as the pan-Africanists are here to make these deaths known again” He said
He also pledged to continue highlighting the Palestine cause in their monthly bonfire nights.
Meanwhile, Alhaj Abdollah Abbasi, the current Iranian cultural Consular said that International Day of Quds is a memorial to Imam Khomeini who coincided with the resumption of the Zionist occupation regime’s attacks on southern Lebanon.
He mentioned that Imam Khomeini had issued a message in support of the Palestinian nation and cause, calling the last Friday of Ramadan the International Day of Quds.
He noted that Al-Quds Day has been designated for Muslims to speak with one voice about the Holy Quds and the oppressed Palestine, and in these decades, it has played a role in this and will continue to do so.
“The usurpation of a country and the expulsion of people from their homes and ancestral lands forever, with the most heinous types of murders and crimes and the continuation of this historical oppression for decades, is truly a new record of the evil of human nature”, he added
He wondered why the UN human rights organizations and some Western states, falsely claim to be defending human rights, remain silent and fall asleep in the face of this oppression of the oppressed people of Palestine. Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, and must be governed by their will.
Professor Adam Ssebyala expressed delight for the success of the International Quds Day.
“The celebrations of this day started in the Iran but has spread to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, London, Canada and Uganda. This means that it has been effective. Time will come and it will have become a global cause that will suffocate Israel.” He said