Sarajevo – Ars Aevi and the Grand Mufti

Serb forces targeted for the extinction of 40,000 Bosnian Muslims living in Srebrenic,” Justice Theodor Meron, a Polish-American Jew in Krstic Appeal Judgement.

In July 1992 – When the the city of Sarajevo was bombed by the Serbian forces and hundreds of thousands of Muslim men, women and children were butchered to death and tens of thousands of Muslim women and young girls were raped by the Serbian and Croatian Christians all over Bosnia-Herzegovina – a group of concerned intellectuals decided to create a Museum of Contemporary Art (sort of Israel’s Holocaust Museums) to remember the city as the hub of religious and ethnic diversity and tolerance under Muslim rule for several centuries in the past.

Muslim world was in shock by the brutal ethnic-cleansing of Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina by the Christian Yugoslav People Army, its militant Bosnian Serb collaborators and the West’s arm embargo against the Bosnia’s Muslim-dominated army while letting Serbs to recieve all kind of military arms and financial help from Russia, the US, Greece and several other Western countries, who could not digest the idea of an independent Muslim entity in the middle of Judeo-Christian Europe.

In a recent interview – Canadian MP Brain Masse (Windsor West, NDP) has asked pro-Israel government of Stephen Harper to recognize the worst mass killing on European soil since WW II as ‘Genocide’.

On February 26, 2007, the International Court of Justice declared that the forces of Serb Republic in Bosnia (SRPSKA) carried out ‘act of genocide’ in Srebrenica in July 1995. Every year, the survivors and family members of the Srebrenica genocide commemorate July 11 as Rememberance Day. On this day, the remains of those that have been found in the previous year are buried after formal funeral prayers (Janazah). The ceremony is held to act as a healing process for those that lost loved ones in one of the most gruesome acts of genocide in modern history of Europe since the Nazi era. However, this year the event has turned to the worst. Some war documents have shown that the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mustafa Ceric, collaborated with the secret service of the Yugoslav National Security Agency (UDB), controlled by Serbia. Hakija Meholjic, a survivor of the Srebrenic genocide, has demannded on May 13 that the organizing committee of the event that Grand Mufti should not be allowed to lead the Namaz-e-Janaza. Representatives of the Association of Mothers of Srebrenica and Podrinje have also given their support to Meholjic’s demand and have extended their boycott of all imams associated with the Islamic Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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