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AFIC boycotts NSW Iftar dinner, says it will donate funds for its own dinner to UNRWA instead

AFIC boycotts NSW Iftar dinner, says it will donate funds for its own dinner to UNRWA instead
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l:The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) has decided not to attend any Ramadan Iftar events hosted by the NSW Government.
With Ramadan due to start on March 11 or 12 and given the current political landscape, the AFIC said they found it “impossible” to sit down to communal meals with (NSW Government) leadership that exhibits duplicity.
“The NSW Premier must learn that he is a premier for all NSW and represent people that are suffering and in pain about the genocide in Gaza’ said Dr Rateb Jneid, president of the AFIC.
The AFIC will also not hold its own annual iftar dinner but will donate funds for Iftar to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
“AFIC believes that in these times of collective mourning and distress, it is more appropriate to channel our efforts and funds towards providing relief and support to those in dire need rather than convening for public events,” Dr Jneid said.
“We encourage our community to spend this time in contemplation and prayer for the well-being of individuals across the globe.
“Ramadan is a sacred period devoted to spiritual growth, reflection, and the reaffirmation of our commitment to life’s sanctity,” Dr Jneid said.
“This month, we call upon everyone to reflect on the importance of preserving life and to advocate for an end to the violence and suffering inflicted upon innocent people. We urge for accountability and action from all parties involved to halt the indiscriminate loss of life and to strive for peace and justice in these challenging times.”


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