Following a landmark meeting with the OneVoice movement at the London
Muslim Centre (LMC) in Whitechapel, increased efforts are to be made promoting
Palestinian products in the UK.
OneVoice, which works with both Israelis
and Palestinians to promote peaceful dialogue and a two-state solution in the
Holy Land, appeared at a discussion last Friday (1 March) hosted by LMC
chairman Muhammad Abdul Bari. At the meeting, OneVoice and LMC tenant MADE in
Europe agreed to boost sales of Palestinian products in the UK, and to promote
inward investment into the Palestinian private sector.
Speaking to an audience including Jews
and Muslims, as well as local MP
Rushanara Ali and Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Chairman of the East London Mosque
Trust, John Lydon, Global Chief Operating Officer for OneVoice, said:
"Ending this conflict is going to take an
enormous effort on the part of Israelis and Palestinian, but also internationals.
We all have a role to play in building a two-state solution, and we at OneVoice
are thankful to the London Muslim Centre for hosting a discussion that allows
us to explore ways in which British Muslims can lend their support to those in
the region working to achieve peace."
OneVoice calls for an end to settlement
building on Palestinian lands, as stated by the UN Human Rights
Council. Over 298,000
Palestinians along with 334,235 Israelis have signed the OneVoice mandate,
making it one of the largest grassroots campaigns for peace in the region of
its kind. The movement states that "violence by either side will never be a
means to end the conflict."
Rushanara Ali expressed her support for
the movement and praised how they had taken steps towards helping the
reconciliation process. She said she would be working hard to highlight the
issues raised in a national and international capacity.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, who supports the
objectives of the OneVoice movement, said: "People in Palestine and Israel are
desperate for peace. The civil society in both these lands should be more
assertive in putting pressure on their politicians for peace. The world community,
with movement like OneVoice and the US taking the lead, should push for a
long-lasting peace settlement, based on justice, in this holy land."
- OneVoice is
an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of
mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their
elected representatives toward the two-state solution. Further information
can be found here: http://www.onevoicemovement.org/
- MADE in
Europe is a Muslim-led movement of young people who want to see our
community leading the fight against global poverty and injustice. http://www.madeineurope.org.uk
- The East
London Mosque & London Muslim Centre is in the heart of Tower Hamlets,
a diverse borough with a rich history, and home to the UK's largest Muslim
community. For further
information contact: Salman Farsi - Communications Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
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