Shiites, the members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, have said they set the flags of Israel and the United States of America ablaze to protest “the continued oppression of the Palestinians”.
Speaking with Vanguard on Sunday, the Secretary, Academic Forum of IMN, Abdullahi Musa lamented the death of civilians during the relocation of America’s Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
He said: “America is the first country to move its capital from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem in order to provide support to Israel in its plot to take over and occupy Jerusalem which is the ancestral homeland of the Palestinians.
“But unarmed Palestinians protested the take over of their land by the Jews, leading to the death of about 90 people, and over 200 others injured by gun bullets.
“We see such oppressions as tyranny by Israel with the support of America.
“The last Friday in the month of Ramadan was declared as a day of solidarity for Palestine by the late Ayatollah Abdullahi Khomeini; calling on all sympathizers to show support for the oppressed Palestinians.
“Because the call was against tyranny and oppression which are human tendencies the IMN is also against, we decided to heed the call. The protest held in over 24 cities in Nigeria and across the globe including Israel and America.
“We burnt the national flag of Israel to show the Jews that we are totally against what they are doing to the Palestinians.
“Americans are complicit in the killings in Jerusalem and the demolition of properties owned by Palestinians in order to pave way for Jewish occupation.”