Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

In a recent statement, Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, Founder of the Gift of the Givers, expressed profound sorrow over the killing of Ahmed Abbasi, a dedicated aid worker, by Israeli forces in Gaza. According to Sooliman, Abbasi and his brother were targeted while returning from morning prayer.

Describing Abbasi as a “kind, gentle, warm human being,” Sooliman highlighted that both brothers were killed in the incident. Abbasi, a father of three, had been serving the people of Gaza since 2013, heading the Gift of the Givers office in the region. His notable contributions included implementing projects for orphans, widows, the elderly, and the ill.

Sooliman outlined Abbasi’s diverse initiatives, such as delivering water through desalination plants, distributing food parcels, providing hot meals, and renovating damaged homes. The aid worker, expressing deep concern, had recently remarked on the challenges faced by Gaza’s civilian population, opting to stay with his family and face the dangers with dignity rather than fleeing as directed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Gift of the Givers fully supports President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call to bring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and ethnic cleansing. The organization also backs the parliamentary motion for the immediate expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador and the severing of diplomatic ties with Israel.

Sooliman emphasized the need for Israel to be held accountable, urging the payment of war reparations for the reconstruction of Gaza and compensation for the families affected. The statement concluded with Ahmed Abbasi’s poignant words: “To the Almighty we belong, and to Him is our return. Rest in peace, my friend. You have served with distinction. Justice will be done, God’s wrath will descend, and Truth will be made manifest. Israel has already lost.”

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