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AFIC cautiously welcomes UN call for Ramadan ceasefire in Gaza

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“The ceasefire is a welcome respite for the people of Gaza but it is not enough,”
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“We must ensure that this ceasefire is not just a temporary measure but a stepping stone towards a comprehensive peace.” 
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“We urge all parties to honour the ceasefire and allow for the much-needed humanitarian relief to reach the thousands of Gazans who have endured immense hardship". 
AFIC president Dr Rateb Jneid



AFIC cautiously welcomes UN call for Ramadan ceasefire in Gaza 
26/03/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) has cautiously welcomed a UN Security Council resolution for an immediate, albeit limited, ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan. 
This resolution, which was supported by all members except for a US abstention, is a significant step towards alleviating the suffering of the Gazan people, the AFIC said.
AFIC president Dr Rateb Jneid said that while they appreciate this step, it is only the beginning. 
“The ceasefire is a welcome respite for the people of Gaza but it is not enough,” he said. 
“We must ensure that this ceasefire is not just a temporary measure but a stepping stone towards a comprehensive peace.” 
He said it was imperative that the ceasefire leads to a lasting peace.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s statement that ‘failure would be unforgivable’ resonates with AFIC’s stance on the urgency of the situation, Dr Jneid said.
“We urge all parties to honour the ceasefire and allow for the much-needed humanitarian relief to reach the thousands of Gazans who have endured immense hardship. 
“The forthcoming report by a UN human rights expert, advocating for an arms embargo on Israel due to acts defined as genocide, is a stark reminder of the severity of the conflict.”
Dr Jneid said the AFIC stood in solidarity with the people of Gaza and called for immediate international action to prevent further atrocities.
He said the AFIC wants the Australian government and international bodies to enforce the UN Security Council’s resolution and to work towards a peaceful resolution.
“The people of Gaza deserve the right to observe Ramadan, and indeed live, in peace and security.”
Authorised: 
Dr Rateb Jneid, President
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