by Linda Straker
- Salim Rahaman described Palestine/Israel tragedy as disregard for human life
- Rahaman’s sentiments endorsed by Senator Andre Lewis and Adrian Thomas, Leader of Government Business
- Palestine–Israel war makes Adrian Thomas recall 19 October 1983 on Fort Rupert
Salim Rahaman, Grenada’s first Islamic Member of Parliament, has called on the Government to do all within their power and influence to stop the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine which started on 7 October. He described the tragedy as a disregard for human life.
“I ask our government to do all within their power and influence, within Caricom and wherever possible, to keep calling for a stop to the ongoing bloodshed, and to do whatever you can, at the level of the UN and other areas of diplomacy, to save lives,” he said while speaking in Parliament on 26 October.
“Madam President, if we can save one life, it is as if we can save the whole of mankind. Hope, in peace, as opposed to conflict; in life, as opposed to death, is a cornerstone of our humanity,” Rahaman told the sitting which was broadcast live on radio, television and online platforms.
“I ask for our people to pay attention to what is going on in our world. Do your research, strive to be in the know and strive to be an agent for all that is just. No longer do we sit in distant corners of the world, only as observers,” he said, calling on the Members to observe a minute of silence for those who have lost their lives in the bombings.
Adrian Thomas, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, endorsed the statement of Senator Rahaman. “I have been following the news and seeing what is happening and it brings me right back to 19 October 1983, when I was on Fort Rupert then… our administration is in sympathy with the people, and we look forward to when there will be peace in that region,” he said.
Rahaman’s sentiments were also endorsed by Labour Senator André Lewis.