In a bold move to protest the ongoing conflict in Palestine, the Coalition of Muslim Organizations in Ghana (COMOG) has declared its intention to stage a picketing event in Accra and various regional capitals on Friday, October 27, 2023. The announcement was made in a press release by Hajj Abdel-Manan Abdel-Rahman, the President of COMOG, today.
COMOG is calling upon all peace-loving Ghanaians who sympathize with the plight of the Palestinian people to join them in demanding urgent United Nations (UN) intervention to halt the violence and loss of innocent lives in Palestine.
The organization expressed deep concern and resentment over the continuous attacks on the Palestinian people by Israel. COMOG firmly believes that the international community, as represented at the UN, must consider the conflict in Palestine a matter of utmost urgency.
Furthermore, COMOG is urging the UN to convene an Emergency General Assembly Session immediately to address the crisis. As per their statement, they echo UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ description of the situation as an “unprecedented human catastrophe in Gaza.”
COMOG strongly condemns the positions taken by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and other European Union (EU) countries, which have been largely supportive of Israel. The organization asserts that such unwavering support for Israel, which they perceive as the aggressor and occupier, is hindering the peaceful resolution of the over 75-year Israel-Palestine conflict.
They questioned the moral integrity of these nations in upholding the UN charter, highlighting the dire need for peace and justice as intended after World War II. COMOG raises concerns about the lack of international condemnation of the violence against Palestinians, including the killing of over 250 Palestinians earlier this year, even before the recent escalations.
In the midst of a volatile region plagued by terrorist and extremist activities, COMOG emphasizes that it is unwise for any single nation, especially the USA and EU allies, to openly support Israel while neglecting the right of Palestinians to self-determination.
Moreover, COMOG expressed its disappointment with Ghana’s recent abstention from the voting on a Russian resolution concerning Gaza at the UN Security Council on October 16, 2023. The organization deems this stance and abstention by Ghana’s Foreign Ministry as contradictory to the country’s established foreign policy.
COMOG’s call for a ceasefire, the release of hostages on both sides, access to humanitarian aid, and the safe evacuation of civilians in Gaza underscores the urgency of their demand for peace in the region.
The organization extended its condolences to the bereaved families in Palestine and offered its solidarity and prayers to the people of Palestine, affirming their unwavering support for the State of Palestine and its people.
As the date of the planned picketing draws near, all eyes are on the reaction of the Ghanaian public and the international community to COMOG’s call for peace and justice in Palestine.