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Growing Criticism of Israeli Assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque

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World leaders and global organizations expressed their concern and condemnation of the Israeli violence against the Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday, with some warning that it could further escalate tensions in the region.

Germany urged both sides to “do everything in their power to calm the situation.”

The Arab League condemned the “assault on believers” and called for an emergency meeting.

In a statement issued after an emergency meeting regarding the incident, the association condemned what it described as “crimes committed by the Israeli occupation forces against defenseless worshipers” in the mosque.

It added that the raid, which took place before dawn, threatened to “ignite a spiral of violence that threatens security and stability in the region and the world.”

It called on the United Nations, including the Security Council, to assume its legal, moral and humanitarian responsibilities to stop the Israeli aggression and to provide international protection for the Palestinian people.

Jordan, which runs the mosque, denounced its “break-in” and called on Israeli forces to leave the compound immediately.

The United Arab Emirates and Morocco, which established relations with Israel in 2020 as part of the US-brokered agreements, have also strongly condemned the work of the Israeli police.

A statement by the UAE Foreign Ministry rejected all practices that “threaten further exacerbation of escalation.” She also criticized the congregation who “barricade themselves”.

The Foreign Ministry in Rabat stressed the need to “avoid measures and violations that would harm the chances of peace in the region.”

The Gulf emirate of Qatar, which does not recognize Israel, warned that Israeli practices “will have serious repercussions on security and stability in the region, and will undermine efforts to revive the stalled peace process, if the international community does not act quickly.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern about the violence, but failed to condemn the violence.

“We are deeply concerned by the inflammatory rhetoric coming out of the Israeli government,” Trudeau said in the budget announcement.

“It is the holy month of Ramadan and Easter together, and Israeli and Palestinian families alike deserve to celebrate in peace and security,” he said.

Trudeau said: “We are concerned about the violence around Al-Aqsa Mosque during this holy month. We need to see the Israeli government change its approach.” “We need to see a de-escalation of violence and people should live in peace and prosperity in the region.”

The United States also expressed concern about the ongoing tensions in occupied East Jerusalem and urged “all parties” to exercise restraint, failing to condemn the violence.

“We remain deeply concerned about continued violence and urge all sides to avoid further escalation,” John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, told reporters during a briefing.

“It is now more necessary than ever that Israelis and Palestinians work together to de-escalate this tension and restore a sense of calm,” he added.

Asked why the United States did not condemn the Israeli attack on Palestinian worshipers, Kirby responded by saying, “I think we have a very strong record of speaking out against violence around the world, and the deaths and injuries of people of all faiths.”

The Secretary-General of the United Nations is “appalled” by the violence of Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his “horror” at the violence practiced by Israeli forces against worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Stephane Dujarric said Guterres was “shocked and horrified by the images he saw this morning of acts of violence and beatings by Israeli security forces inside the Al-Qibli Mosque in Jerusalem at a time sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.” at a press conference.

“This must be a time of peace and non-violence,” he said.

Dujarric echoed a statement by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wiensland, who urged political, religious and community leaders on all sides to reject incitement, inflammatory rhetoric and provocative actions.

Wiensland said leaders should act responsibly and refrain from steps that could escalate tensions.

He stated that the United Nations is in close contact with all parties concerned to de-escalate the situation.

Tensions escalated today, Wednesday, in the occupied West Bank, after the Israeli police arrested about 350 worshipers from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Academics and the Syndicate of Muslim Authors condemn the Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa

Muslim academics and a Turkey-based authors’ union also condemned the Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“We strongly condemn the latest Israeli raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque. We believe that this attack, which was carried out on April 5, 2023, during the holy month of Ramadan, justifies once again defining Israel as a ‘terrorist state,’” Prime Minister Fatih Safshan, of the Iber Union, said in a statement. .

“It is understood that with such attacks, which Israel is accustomed to during the month of Ramadan, it not only terrorizes Palestinian Muslims, but also aims to insult and discredit them and all Muslims around the world,” he added.

The statement indicated that Israel continues in the occupied territories to violate all kinds of human rights with its most extreme actions.

“While it saddens humanity that these human rights violations remain unpunished for the time being, the day will surely come when high-ranking Israeli officials and those on the ground who perpetrate these violations will be held accountable,” she said.

It also urged Muslim countries to conduct criminal investigations against those involved in these and similar acts, and the need for all NGOs to initiate judicial proceedings by submitting a request to the relevant national and international authorities.

A group of Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the Al-Qibli prayer hall in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday after Jewish settlers called for a raid on the mosque. They tried to prevent the police from entering by closing their doors.

And in the vicinity of Al-Qibli prayer hall, the occupation police climbed to the roof of the mosque, smashed some windows, and initially intervened with stun grenades against the worshipers inside. Some people in the mosque tried to resist the police by throwing fireworks.

Palestinian witness Abdel Karim Ikram, 74, accused Israeli police, armed with batons, tear gas and smoke bombs, of storming the mosque by “force” and “beating the women and men” praying there.

A video clip widely circulated on social media showed policemen hitting people with batons on the ground inside the mosque.

The Palestine Red Crescent said it had treated 37 people, some of them after their release.

Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir expressed his “full support” for the police and their “swift and decisive” actions.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the third holiest site in Islam. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying it was the site of two synagogues in ancient times.

East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move not recognized by the international community.

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