5/9/21

Israeli police attacks in Masjid Al Aqsa

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis strongly condemns Israeli police attacks in Masjid Al Aqsa, while the worshippers were busy praying at one of the three most revered holy places for Muslims. It took place on one of the holiest days of the year; the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.

The Palestinians have been protesting for days over the forcible eviction and seizure of 6 families from Sheikh Jarrah. The forcible eviction and seizure of the property per the International Law are illegal, as East Jerusalem is considered an Occupied territory and inhabitants cannot be evicted. During these protests, scores of Palestinians have been injured. Most of them have sustained injuries to the face with serious consequences.

The scenes of Israeli Police in tactical gear running and firing in the mosque are deeply painful and considered sacrilegious by millions of Muslims across the globe. Respect for each faith’s holy places is a cornerstone of international norms.

We urge global powers to jumpstart the peace process so that this flashpoint does not spread. We ask the Biden administration to take the lead on this issue and use its voice and influence to prevent Israel from proceeding with these unnecessary attacks against innocent Palestinians.

Ghazala Hayat, Chair Public Affairs Committee
Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
517 Weidman Road,
Ballwin, MO 63011

 

07/09/21

St. Louis Minority Communities Statement Against Racism

The minority communities of St. Louis strongly condemn racism in any form, and any setting, including in civic forum discourse involving varying political opinions and beliefs.

We are very concerned to learn that St. Louis County Health Director, Dr. Faisal Khan, was subjected to racist attacks during and after his presentation to the St. Louis County Council on July 27, 2021. Regardless of anyone’s political beliefs or viewpoints, the COVID-19 pandemic affects all citizens and residents of Missouri and the United States, and there is no place for racism of any kind in our political discourse. The AAPI and South Asian American communities have been subjected to racist attacks and violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it must stop immediately.

We are calling on all of our elected officials and political leaders including the St. Louis County Executive and all members of the St. Louis County Council to clearly and emphatically denounce racism including in our political discussions, forums, and disagreements.

  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis
  • Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis
  • Mound City Bar Association
  • South Asian American Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Pakistani American Association
  • Muslim Bar Association of Missouri
  • Missouri Asian American Bar Association
  • OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates of St. Louis
  • St. Louis Chinese American News
  • St. Louis Vietnamese Community
  • Chinese Service Center
  • Institute of Tamil Performing Arts
  • Korean American Association of St. Louis
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis
  • Jewish Community Relations Council