Through the lens: Photo exhibition focuses on Israeli brutality

Visitors call for immediate end to conflict in Gaza.

Mahwish Qayyum August 18, 2014


A day-long exhibition titled ‘Israeli terrorism and barbarism’ was organised by Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) on Monday to shed light on the plight of Palestinians.

Photographs stated to be of Palestinian women and children bathed in blood and weeping over the death of their loved ones were on display, evoking a strong emotion from visitors.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development and Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Inayatullah Khan said tens of thousands of innocent Palestinians, including children, have been killed while many more have been disabled or rendered homeless in the ongoing Israeli aggression.

Condemning the brutal killing of the people of Gaza, Khan said his party organised rallies in Karachi, Islamabad and other parts of the country to mobilise people for the cause.

He added efforts to muster international support in order to end the carnage were in full swing, claiming they have written a letter to rulers of Muslim nations, asking to convene a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Alluding to a heart-wrenching photo of two girls clinging to a woman and weeping, visitor Adnan Malik said the Israeli brutality was “shameful”. Criticising what he termed biased media coverage, he added it portrayed Israelis as soldiers and Hamas as terrorists. “Hamas are not terrorists. They are freedom fighters, defending their country from foreign aggression,” he said.

“United States of America is supporting Israel. We demand that the world declare Israel a ‘terrorist state’,” said Sohaib Kaka Khel, provincial president of IJT, which is the student of wing of JI.

Abidullah Shaheen, a student present at the exhibition, said, “Palestinians are being killed indiscriminately through a conspiracy.” He added Israel wanted to possess the entire Arab region. “We wish to go help Palestinians now. If the government allows, we are ready to assist the jihadi wing of Hamas.”

Visitors unanimously demanded the international community and United Nations play an effective role to halt the “Palestinian holocaust” and establish a truce in Gaza.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th,2014.

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