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October 26, 2023

Islamic community urges city council for cease-fire in Gaza with passionate appeal

Yepoom Hong
In the Coppell City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Islamic community members gathered to discuss the cease-fire resolution. The meeting also included conversations about Coppell’s Smart City initiative.

During the Jan. 23 Coppell City Council meeting, community members came forward to advocate for the council to make a proclamation in favor of the cease-fire resolution in Gaza. 

Last month, the United States vetoed the United Nation’s call for a cease-fire of the violent conflict in Gaza, a Palestinian city at the forefront of the Israel-Hamas war. Furthermore, the U.S. has continued to provide military support to Israel. These decisions have received criticism from the Islamic community in Coppell.

“The request for a cease-fire is ultimately for the preservation of life,” Minister Abdullah Obduro said. “There’s nothing like hearing or seeing a family member pass away.” 

The U.N. proposed the cease-fire resolution in fear of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The resolution mandates that both Israel and Palestine stop all violent action and release all hostages. 

“By endorsing the cease-fire resolution, we send a powerful message that echoes the values instilled in Coppell educational institutions,” Coppell High School 2019 alumna Saja Saleh said. “We declare our commitment to promoting peace and maintaining the highest standards of integrity within our local and global community.”

One community member had first-hand experience in the Israel-Hamas conflict. Hadil Shaat is a former resident of Gaza and worked at UNICEF for 14 years. 

“In the middle of 2014, around 8 p.m., I received a phone call asking us to evacuate,” Shaat said. “I held my few weeks old baby boy and my 3-year-old daughter, and I ran. Us people who were asked to displace had nowhere to go. No food, no water, no electricity, no safe place. I was lucky. I was displaced only once. My children and I survived, but there were 2,000 who didn’t.”

NPR reports that at least 25,000 civilians in Gaza have died since the beginning of the war. The city’s Islamic community members hope to promote non-violence by encouraging the city of Coppell to take a stand.

“Elementary and secondary schools have been bombed in Gaza,” Saleh said. “Coppell prides itself on a wonderfully diverse community and top education. I urge you to think about your child or grandchild’s classmates, the ones named Mohammed, Hasan and Meia. Are they not worthy of an education? Are they not worthy of life?”

Anum Hasan, a practicing physician assistant in Coppell, is in favor of the resolution due to her worries about the severe medical landscape for Gaza citizens as a result of warfare. 

“There’s a new medical acronym unique to Gaza, WCNSF: Wounded child, no surviving family,” said Hasan. “Children are dying from heart attacks due to constant fear of bombardment and lack of sleep. This has nothing to do with politics. This is about humanity. Please do not use my tax dollars to kill patients that could have been my own.”

The city council meeting concluded with the mayor addressing the statements made by the community members. 

“We need some time to process what we heard,” Mayor Wes Mays said. “The citizens were very, very passionate in their presentations. That was very impactful.”

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Manasa Borra
Manasa Borra, Staff Designer
Manasa Borra is a junior and staff designer at The Sidekick. She loves playing badminton and reading mystery novels in her spare time. You can contact her at [email protected].
Yepoom Hong
Yepoom Hong, Staff Photographer
Yepoom Hong, a sophomore at Coppell High School, is a first year staff member of The Sidekick newspaper, and an aspiring photographer. Originally from Busan, South Korea, was born on June 6th has a curious wit. In her free time, you can find her listening to music, and drawing. A few artists she admires are New Jeans, Stacy, Stray Kids, Charlie Puth, and Taylor swift, all of which perform and write for the Pop genre. She currently lives with her mom, dad, and three siblings; two younger sisters, younger brother, and to complete the household, and her 7 birds! Although a well prepared meal often sparks up her appetite, she would never refuse sushi or Korean Barbecue. Her favorite subjects are English and math, but she’s not the most fond of Spanish. After taking media in eighth grade and being a part of AV tech in freshman year, she took interest in being a part of The Sidekick after some of our staff advertised it. In the summer, she and her family make trips around the country, such as Houston, but recalling her favorite destinations being the state of Colorado and Utah. You can expect some great work this year from her and the rest of our team! Feel free to contact her by [email protected]

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    SameehaJan 25, 2024 at 7:50 pm

    Fantastic coverage, great job Manasa!