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THE ARAB EUROPEAN LEAGUE(AEL) CONDEMNS RAGE IN THE WEST AGAINST ARABS AND MUSLIMS, ANNOUNCES PICKET 16 SEPTEMBER TO COMMEMORATE VICTIMS OF TERROR

Brussels 13 september, 2001
 

Only hours after the United States came under a series of horrifying attacks on 11 September which claimed the lives of thousands of innocent American and non-American civilians, millions of peaceful Arabs and Muslims residing in the West suddenly became legitimate scapegoats for those thirsty for revenge.

 
Despite tens of statements issued by Arab and Muslim Western organisations expressing their sorrow and horror at the attacks, and the appeals they made to the Western media, public opinion and decision makers to refrain from hasty reactions, Arabs and Muslims in the West are already paying the price for a tragic event they are not responsible for. Hundreds of harassment incidents have been reported across the US, the UK and Europe against Arabs and Muslims some of whom have been physically attacked, threatened and abused. Moreover, we are being deprived of our basic constitutional rights as residents and also citizens of these countries to express our sorrow and solidarity with the Palestinian people who are also victims of terror; Israeli terror. Next Sunday marks the 19th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre which claimed the lives of over 2,000 innocent Palestinian citizens residing there with the help of Israel during its invasion of Lebanon in 1982. And September 28 marks the first anniversary of the Palestinian Intifada, which claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians, killed by Israel. The situation in Belgium is that we are being denied our right to demonstrate peacefully and honor our victims too because, obviously, Arabs and Muslims after 11 September are viewed with suspicion and mistrust. But because we believe it is the duty of democratic communities to defend justice as a value, AEL-SSC will hold a picket on Sunday, 16 September to commemorate victims of terror and mark the 19th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, in Brussels at the “Port d’Anderlecht” area near the Brussels south (midi) station at 14:00h.

BE THERE.