Arab world condemns Israel Police for violent Temple Mount clashes
Israeli riot police clash with Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem Old City on May 7, 2021.
(photo credit: JAMAL AWAD/FLASH90)
"Every time Israel challenged sovereignty in al-Aqsa Mosque, it lost – and so it will be this time as well."
Arab bodies throughout the Middle East widely condemned Israeli police violence during clashes with worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday. The Islamic Movement in Israel condemned the actions of Israel Police and demanded that they immediately retreat their forces from the Temple Mount region after violent clashes between police and worshippers at the Aqsa Mosque led to the injury of 17 police officers and 205 Palestinian demonstrators during the final Friday prayers of Ramadan. The movement urged Palestinian families to increase their travels to the mosque in the coming days, and especially on day 28 of Ramadan, which began on Saturday evening.It said the "Israeli establishment" carries responsibility for the results of the recent attacks and provocations by settlers in Jerusalem's northern Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, an extra-parliamentary organization that represents Arab-Israeli citizens, called for protests in all Arab cities tomorrow against the "terror of the occupation in Jerusalem."The secretary general of Islamic Jihad said Friday that "it is impossible to tolerate what is happening in Jerusalem, and the enemy must expect our response at any moment."Hamas also put out a statement Friday warning Israel about potential repercussions of the clashes at the Temple Mount. The terrorist group's leader Ismail Haniyeh sent a direct message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling him "not to play with fire. This is a struggle that you, your army, your police and your whole country cannot win. We will defend Jerusalem no matter what sacrifices we must make," Ynet reported.Hamas' military wing also strongly condemned Israel and praised the violence in Jerusalem according to Ynet News, saying in a statement that "We salute our strong men in Jerusalem and [at] the al-Aqsa Mosque, and tell them that [Hamas} Commander Muhammad Daf has promised - and he will not break his promise."Last Tuesday, Daf warned Israel in a rare statement that his organization "will not stand idly by unless the aggression against the Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is stopped." Daf said that "Israel will pay a heavy price for this," and stressed that "this is a clear and final warning."Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas said that he called on the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations to demand the UN Security Council convene to discuss the situation in Jerusalem, including these clashes and those in Sheikh Jarrah, Walla reported.The UAE, which normalized relations with Israel last year, "strongly condemned" the clashes and the potential evictions, in a statement by the UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalifa al-Marar, and urged Israeli authorities to reduce tensions."The UAE the need for Israeli authorities to assume their responsibilities in line with international law to provide necessary protection to Palestinian citizens," the statement, carried by state news agency WAM, read.Jordan's foreign ministry condemned the entrance of Israeli forces to the Temple Mount, and their "animalistic attack" of worshipers there.On Sunday, Jordan warned Israel from "continuing its barbaric behavior at Al-Aqsa," adding that the country will increase its pressure on Israel, N12 reported. Qatar also denounced the entrance of Israeli security forces in wake of the clashes, calling it "provocation for millions of Muslims around the world," Ynet reported. The Gulf state went on to call for the international community to act to stop Israeli harming of the Palestinian people.The Egyptian Foreign Ministry also condemned the violence in Jerusalem and said that "Israel must stop all measures that harm the sanctity of the al-Aqsa Mosque." It added that "building new settlements or expanding existing ones, expropriating land or deporting Palestinians - this is a violation of international law and reduces the chance of reaching a two-state solution."According to Dubai-based Saudi network Al Arabiya, a Palestinian official alleged that Egypt was mediating between the two sides, working to reach a compromise. The official added that this could be seen in how the clashes on Saturday were less severe than the ones on Friday, crediting the change to Egyptian involvement. Turkey criticized Israel and accused it of unleashing "terror" on Palestinians after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday.The clashes at Islam's third holiest site and around East Jerusalem, which injured 205 Palestinians and 17 police officers, came amid mounting anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.As the clashes flared, several Turkish officials criticized Israel and called for other countries to voice condemnation, while a Foreign Ministry statement urged Israel to "immediately end its provocative and hostile stance and act with reason.""Shame on Israel and those who keep silent in the face of disgraceful attacks," Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter late on Friday."We call on everyone to stand up against the policies of occupation and aggression of this apartheid state," he said.Turkey's communications director Fahrettin Altun told state television Israel was violating human rights and would "pay the price," as opposition parties echoed the government condemnation in a rare sign of unity."Attacking innocent people praying is clearly terror," Altun said. "We see that these attacks on Palestinians are against the most fundamental human rights."Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also condemned Israel on Saturday over recent events in Jerusalem, saying in a tweet written in Hebrew that "We strongly condemn Israel's heinous attacks against our first qibla #AlAqsaMosque, which unfortunately take place every Ramadan.""As Turkey, we will continue to stand by our Palestinian brothers and sisters in all circumstances," Erdoğan added. Former allies Turkey and Israel have had a bitter falling-out in recent years despite strong commercial ties, mutually expelling ambassadors in 2018.Ankara has repeatedly condemned Israel's occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians, calling the issue a "red line."Last month, Turkey also condemned what it said was Israel's "systematic attempt at evicting Palestinians," referring to the long-running legal case that Israel's Supreme Court will hold a hearing over on Monday.Tags Temple Mount al-aqsaJoint List Balad Party
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