The day of solidarity with Palestinians was observed on an appeal of Palestine Foundation of Pakistan that has launched a weeklong campaign on the anniversary of Nakba Day.
The supporters of the PLF and JUP staged a demonstration outside of Memon Masjid Bolton Market after Friday prayers. The protestors raised slogans against the Zionist regime of Israel and its allied states such as United States and European Union countries.
Allama Qazi Ahmed Noorani, Mehfooz Yar Khan, Sabir Karbalai, Allama Shabbir Abu Talib, Maulana Shukat Mughal, Waheed Younus, Nasir Rizwan and Allama Jafar Raza of the PLF and JUP spoke to the demonstrators.
They said that the Zionist terrorists brought thousands of racist Jews to Palestine and began massacring Palestinians due to which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had to leave their abodes. Since then, United Nations had recognized their legitimate right of return to their homeland Palestine.
The speakers urged the international community to play their active and effective role to ensure that more than 5 million Palestinian refugees are brought back to their land that has been occupied and renamed as Israel. They said that the PLF and likeminded pro-Palestine organizations had launched a campaign to support the Palestinians right to return Palestine.
They demanded the International Criminal Court to file war crimes against the Zionist regime of Israel for its crimes against humanity, stressing that the siege of Gaza should also be brought to an end by forcing the Zionist forces to desist from the siege.
Meantime, the Society for the Defense of Palestinian Nation in a statement slammed the Arab countries for their silence on the crimes committed by the Zionist regime against the Palestinian nation, reminding that the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day is the beginning of the Muslims and the entire world's problems.
"The Nakba Day in Palestine is the Nakba Day for the Arab nations and the Nakba Day for the human society," the statement said on Sunday on the occasion of the May 15, 1948 occupation of Palestine, known as Nakba Day, which means Day of Catastrophe in Arabic.
The statement blasted the silence of the Muslim and Arab world on the Palestinian issue as "unacceptable", and said today Palestine is a test for the Muslim world.
"Its firm reaction to the crisis will foil the western powers' plots and its silence will bolden the arrogant powers," it reminded.
It said that Palestine belongs to a 1.6-billion-strong Muslim community with different military, industrial, agricultural and economic resources "as the Muslim world can paralyze the West and the international system by boycotting them".
Israel recently ramped up settlement construction plans, approving thousands of homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to the Palestinian Authority's successful gambit to gain non-member observer state status from the UN in November.
Israel considers East Jerusalem part of its sovereign territory, but had imposed a de facto construction freeze in 2010 after the US balked at building plans there.
In December, the government said it would go ahead with the construction of some 3,000 homes in parts of the city lying over the Green Line, as well as pushing ahead with plans to build on a controversial strip of land east of the city known as E1.
The US joined much of the rest of the world in strongly condemning the move, which critics say will cut off Palestinian neighborhoods and make a contiguous Palestinian state in the West Bank nearly impossible.