Statement of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman on Israel-Palestine Crisis
We strongly condemn Israel’s ruthless offensive against the helpless people of Gaza and call for an end to its military occupation of Palestinian territories.
Now on its third day, the Israeli air strikes have already killed at least 98 Palestinians, including women and children. We join other nations in urging Israel to stop its military aggression and for Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel. Both parties must exercise utmost restraint and resort to dialogue or peaceful negotiation to defuse the present crisis. Either side must avoid further hostilities.
Israel must, once and for all, uphold international laws and stop escalating its mounting war crimes. Its illegal occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people continue to fuel an endless cycle of violence.
The Moro people stand in solidarity with Gazans, all Palestinians and other innocent people victims of war. We urge everyone, especially the faithful ones, to include in their prayers the defenseless civilians who have to endure the perils of Israeli air strikes even as they observe the blessed month of Ramadhan. Let us also offer a prayer to those who have perished and to the parents who will never see or hold their children again.
We call on the United Nations to act and stop further destruction and loss of life on either side. We call on the international media to amplify the voices of the oppressed and not turn a deaf ear. We call on world leaders to take a stand and not to take a double standard in this crime against humanity.