Ilgar Ibrahimoglu, Zafar Bangash: Western Countries are Saudi Arabia's Silent Allies in Yemen War

The Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) takes an exclusive interview whit Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu,( the imam of “Juma” mosque in Icheri-sheher, the chairman of DEVAMM Centre for Protection of Conscience and Persuasion Freedom, President of the International Religious Liberty Association)and Dr Zafar Bangash, Islamic movement journalist and commentator in Toronto, Canada and the  Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT).

The air strikes also destroyed public and residential areas, historical and religious monuments, schools, hospitals, and many economic infrastructures. Even the food consignments have been attacked by Saudi fighters. As you are already aware, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has added the Saudi-led coalition to an annual blacklist of countries and armed groups that have violated children's rights in conflict for “killing and maiming” children in Yemen. According to a UN report, the Saudi-led military coalition is responsible for 60 percent of the total number of children killed or wounded in Yemen during the current year. During the attacks of the coalition forces 510 children have been killed and 67 maimed. According to the same report, the Saudi-led coalition is responsible for half of the attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen.
The Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) has always endeavored to preserve human values, peace and justice in the region and the world. , Dr. Davoud Ameri, the Secretary General of the IWPF All global humanitarian organizations are earnestly asked to collectively support the rights of the people of Yemen against the Saudi Arabia’s aggressions and war crimes to really safeguard world peace and security.
The Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) takes an exclusive interview whit Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu,( the imam of “Juma” mosque in Icheri-sheher, the chairman of DEVAMM Centre for Protection of Conscience and Persuasion Freedom, President of the International Religious Liberty Association)and Dr Zafar Bangash, Islamic movement journalist and commentator in Toronto, Canada and the  Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT).

Flowing is the text of this interview:
IWPF: Why the United Nations, despite slamming Saudi Arabia for its war crimes, does not take a serious action to prevent their war crimes?
Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu: Notwithstanding the importance of UN role, unfortunately we have to state the fact that such important organization has failed to achieve the status and format, which it is intended in essence. Therefore all efforts must be aimed to on improvement of the organization’s structure, in particular the Security Council. So, what we see today in Yemen actually is not the first time. Such approach we have observed and still see in case of occupation of Palestine and Karabakh.
Furthermore, UN heavily depends on the United States. And Saudi Arabia, along with the Israeli regime, is built in the United States policy as Middle East gendarme. And the fact that the UN began to criticize Saud indicates two points: first, the level of Saudi militarism’s crimes reached so huge critical point when not responding is very difficult; second, Saudi’s ruling top is trying to play its own set, and now the "suzerain" decided to slightly punish its "vassal".
Zafar Bangash: Unfortunately, the United Nations is not an independent body. It is beholden to big powers and the UN Secretary General often surrenders to the demands of these powers. This is again demonstrated in the case of Saudi war crimes that have been confirmed by the UN’s own report yet it is unable to take any action against the Saudi regime because of Saudi threats to withhold funding to various UN projects.
IWPF: Isn’t it time for the UN Security Council to send the Saudi Arabian case to the International Criminal Court?
Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu: Certainly it would be the correct decision. But today's reality demonstrates that is not realistic. Everything depends on international community’s position. It is important to highlight two vectors: democratic forces of West, first of all, human rights movements and individual parliament members, mass media; then community of Muslim countries; in the second category, unfortunately, there is huge disunity, discord, contradiction. Mainly it is a consequence of pro-imperial and pro-Israeli policies leaded by number of Muslim countries, and takfiri virus that has entered into the body of Ummah.
Zafar Bangash: Absolutely. The Saudi regime should be charged with war crimes at the International Criminal Court. Bu the UN Security Council will not do it because the majority of veto-wielding members—the US, Britain and France—are close allies of Saudi Arabia. They protect this terrible regime for their own interests. They sacrifice principles for personal interests.

IWPF: Why are the Western countries, particularly the United States, silent vis-à-vis the Saudi crimes and even support this country by sending weapons to them?
Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu: This is one of double standards demonstration. And it is not the first time when international community is watching such attitude. And, as noted above, Saudi built into the US Middle East policy, and mainly performs the functions that defined by US for them.
Zafar Bangash: Western regimes will not take any action against the Saudi regime they make money by selling the kingdom billions of dollars in weapons. France has contracts worth $12 billion; Britain has $20 billion in weapon sales while the US has $60 billion contract and more are in the pipeline to supply weapons to the medieval kingdom. When such vast sums are involved, the rights of the Yemeni children and people are considered dispensable.

IWPF: How can the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) and other Islamic organizations help the settlement of this crisis?
Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu; Unfortunately the OIC has become a body that promotes impunity behavior of Saudi regime. And this is a serious crisis for whole Muslim world. It is necessary to carry out large-scale educational work in regard Muslim community, in order to have some positive developments.
Zafar Bangash: Unfortunately the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) is not a serious body. Since its inception, it has not achieved anything. Instead of fostering cooperation, as its name suggests, the OIC has been used by some member-States to sow divisions. Since the Saudi regime exercises much clout in this organization, it has literally been reduced to a mouthpiece of the medieval kingdom. Since the Saudi regime is the main culprit in the crimes being perpetrated against the innocent people of Yemen, the OIC will not take any action.
As for other Islamic organizations, there aren’t any at the international level that one can point to that can play any effective role. This unfortunately reflects the sad state of affairs of the Muslim world.

IWPF: What role should the Muslim elites and ulama (scholars) play regarding this crisis?
Haji Ilgar Ibrahimoglu: We are in a world where new world order geometry is in process of forming. Islamic world should be at the forefront of this process, and strive to create a new Islamic civilization. Many of the problems, including the problem of Yemen occupation will be resolved from this viewpoint.
Zafar Bangash: The Muslim elites and ulama (scholars) have a very important role to play in this regard. In any crisis, the first thing is to create proper awareness of the situation. If the Muslim elites and ulama play their proper role, they would be able to make a major contribution to creating awareness about the injustices being perpetrated by the Saudi regime. Killing innocent people is expressly forbidden in Islam (Al-Qur’an; 5:32). The Qur’an also emphasizes upholding justice in all circumstances (5:08).
Based on these Qur’anic injunctions, the Muslim elites and ulama can be very effective in stopping atrocities against innocent Muslims. If the perpetrators do not desist from such actions, then Allah commands the committed Muslims to fight against the aggressors (49:09).

 

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