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Nominating Jacinda for the Nobel Prize

20 مارس 2020 - 02:45

  

‏From the heart of the Islamic world... We nominate Jacinda for the Nobel Prize

‏On the first commemoration of the mosque massacre, or the so-called Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, we should pay tribute to the role that the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern played and her firm and brave stand in the face of the massacre that Muslims were exposed to in their mosque while performing the duty of prayer... We also stress that the world has become in an urgent need for leaders like Jacinda to seriously stand up in the face of racism, whose calls are alarmingly growing and appearing in many regions of the world.

‏We must mention today all the measures taken by the youngest prime minister in the world in the face of the most serious crisis facing her country, especially as it expresses racist tendencies that are growing and it is indeed important to make her behaviour in the face of the crisis present while we face all forms of racism and identity killing in any society and anywhere in the world.

‏I would not be exaggerating if I say that many of the world’s leaders urgently need to learn from Jacinda's behaviour and benefit from her leadership of the crisis, and especially her management of her community, to which she said from the first moment: “They are us”... We must also teach our children the act of this young woman and the uniqueness of her behaviour, which many governments and the leaderships of big countries have failed to make.

‏As a Muslim who lives in the heart of the Islamic world and follows the growing hatred in the world against Islam and all that is Islamic with subjective motives or for reasons related to surrendering to poisoned propaganda or direct exposure to the mistakes of some Muslims whose actions cannot be attributed to all Muslims or rather to Islam as a whole, I can only salute the Prime Minister for her prompt condemnation of the crime from the very first moment and all forms of solidarity with the Muslim victims, as a ruling authority responsible for its citizens and for the prevalence of security and the protection of all citizens, regardless of their nationality, belief or colour.

‏At the end, I would like to stress that “Hello My Brother” initiative launched by the Hurriyat Center for Political Studies in April 2019 - to call for coexistence between civilizations and confrontation of all manifestations of racism, identity killing and calls of clash of civilizations - on the occasion of its praise of the New Zealand example (government and people) in dealing with the massacre of the two mosques, has today launched, on the first commemoration of the massacre, a new campaign nominating Jacinda Ardern for the Nobel Peace Prize in order to draw the world's attention to her good leadership behaviour in the face of a complicated problem that has many implications.

‏We also consider that it is important for the Islamic world to endorse this nomination in order to encourage the governments of the world to emulate it and to point out to the seriousness of what other governments are committing through not taking decisive measures in the face of racism or identity killing, which are even adopted and encouraged by other parties so as to open the doors for them through which these governments transmit their toxic ideas in societies.

‏We are also required in our Islamic world to find good examples like Jacinda, her government and her society in dealing with all forms of racism, bullying and killing on identity, especially since our values, jurisprudence and law have taught us before others how to protect followers of other religions and consider that aggression against their rights as an aggression against the state and society. In addition, Islam launched a strong campaign against racism and condemned, even prohibited, all of its manifestations.

‏Tarek al-Zomor

‏Head of Hurriyet Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Istanbul
‏Former leader of Building and Development Party