World Bulletin / News Desk
NIDA, an Islamic political party based in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, is seeking to pair the city with Gaza in a demonstration of solidarity and support.
Speaking to OnIslam, one of two of NIDA's Rotterdam city council members Nourdin El Ouali said “we really want to reach out to the people in Gaza and support the rebuilding of their city,” shortly after the party organized a pro-Palestine protest in the city, attracting up to 10,000 people - both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
“During the second world war, the city of Rotterdam was occupied by German forces and bombarded repeatedly until it was fully destroyed. From a historical perspective, we can relate to what the people in Gaza are going through,” El Ouali said.
El Ouali, who was part of the aid flotilla that attempted to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza in 2011, told OnIslam, “NIDA is right now working on a proposal to accept Gaza as a sister-city of Rotterdam, like many other cities are. This would mean we commit ourselves to supporting the rebuild of Gaza for the upcoming years.”
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