Mindanawons join protests vs Israeli invasion in Gaza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)- The international outrage against Israel’s invasion in Gaza has sparked protest rallies in some parts of Mindanao.

Around 30 Muslim students joined by their Christian fellows from various universities here staged a protest rally at the Freedom Kiosk in Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City today (Saturday).

The students, some waving miniature Palestinian flags, urged the United Nations to stop the Israeli invasion in Gaza.

“We want the international community and the United Nations to see the injustice and violence brought by the Israeli invasion against the people in Gaza,” said Prof. Mehmet Derindag of Liceo de Cagayan University.

Last Thursday, Maranao youth burned an Israeli flag in Marawi City to show their outrage and support to the Palestinian residents.

Similar protests were also reported in the key Mindanao cities of Davao, General Santos and Cotabato over the week as the Israeli army stepped up their offensive along the Gaza strip where militants kept firing rockets to Israel.

“Innocent Palestinians fell victim to the violence. Children are dying,” Derindag said.

Jalani Pamlian of the Muslim Youth Center said the Muslim communities around the world cannot simply watch the Israeli army bomb the houses in Gaza.

Pamlian said most of those who died were not combatants but civilians caught in the crossfire.

“We can not leave Gaza alone. This Ummah (community) will not leave Gaza alone,” he said. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)