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Nigerian Muslims Protest 'Illegal' State of Israel
The cities of Zaria and Kano show solidarity for Palestinians
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2009-01-14 14:08 (KST)   

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It was last Tuesday morning when thousands of Muslims in Zaria, in northern Nigeria, took the streets chanting anti Israel slogans and demanding for immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

Thousand of Muslims on procession in Zaria
©2009 Bala Makosa
The thousands of Muslim Shiites, who walked in black attire, were composed of men and women and young children who were carrying placards disparaging the air attack mounted by Israel against the Palestinians.

The procession lasted about three hours during which all activity in the ancient city of Zaria ceased. Thousands of people stood by the side of the road and watched the procession, demonstrating their concern about the catastrophe in Gaza.

The leader of the Islamic movement in Nigeria -- Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky -- condemned Israel and its allies during his speech at the close of the procession. He said, "Jews are not the legal occupants of Israel, and thus they must leave it at the soonest."

A rally also took place in the ancient city of Kano, where Shiites took to the streets, chanting, "Can humanity today claim that justice prevails and the rights of all human beings are protected?"

"Sadly enough, the people of Gaza and Palestine are denied basic rights and even annihilated by the illegal state of Israel," they continued.

©2009 OhmyNews
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