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Reactions Trail Israeli Police Clash With Palestinians 

There have been outpouring of reactions from different countries and international communities in general over clash which has left over 200 people injured following Israeli Police attack on Palestinians at Jerusalem Mosque.

There has been growing anger over Israeli plans to evict Palestinian families from occupied East Jerusalem in Sheikh Jarrah, which is claimed by Jewish settlers.

On the final Friday of Ramadan, many Palestinians stayed outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque to protest against Israeli orders for them to vacate their homes. Israeli security forces, however, attacked the Palestinians with skunk water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades and arrested dozens.

In its reaction, Qatar condemned the Israeli police’s “storming” of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the “attack on worshippers”, saying it was a “provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, and a severe violation of human rights and international accords.”

Qatar, in a statement by its Foreign Ministry, called on the international community to work to end “repeated Israeli aggression” against the Palestinians and Al-Aqsa.

It reiterated its support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people’s right to establish an independent state based on the 1967 borders.

Turkey also criticised Israel and accused it of unleashing “terror” on Palestinians after Israeli police fired rubber-coated rounds and stun grenades.

A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry 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.

“We call on everyone to stand up against the policies of occupation and aggression of this apartheid state.”

Turkey’s Communications Director, Fahrettin Altun, told state television Israel was violating human rights and would “pay the price.”

“Attacking innocent people praying is clearly terror,” Altun said. “We see that these attacks on Palestinians are against the most fundamental human rights.”

On its part, Saudi Arabia rejected the planned evictions of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

“Saudi Arabia rejects Israel’s plans and measures to evict dozens of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and impose Israeli sovereignty over them,” the kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

While the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “strongly condemned” the clashes and the potential evictions, in a statement by the its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khalifa al-Marar.

UAE urged Israeli authorities “to assume their responsibilities – in line with international law – to provide necessary protection to Palestinian civilians’ right to practice their religion, and to prevent practices that violate the sanctity of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Similarly, the United Nations‘ rights office urged Israel to call off any forced evictions and warned its actions could amount to “war crimes”.

“We wish to emphasise that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law applies,” spokesman Rupert Colville said, adding that transferring civilian populations into occupied territory is illegal under international law and “may amount to war crimes.”

Reactions Trail Israeli Police Clash With Palestinians 

Likewise, the Foreign Ministry of Iran “condemns the attack on Al-Aqsa mosque … by the Quds [Jerusalem] occupier regime’s military.”

The Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh in a statement said: “This war crime once again proved to the world the criminal nature of the illegitimate Zionist regime.”

Also, Russia denounced attacks on Palestinian civilians and urged both sides to refrain from escalating violence.

“This development of events is perceived with deep concern in Moscow. We strongly condemn attacks against civilians,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“We call on all parties to refrain from any steps fraught with the escalation of violence.”

Egypt also criticised Israel’s attempt to forcibly evict Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

A statement by the Foreign Ministry said: “The displacement of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood is a violation of resolutions of international legitimacy and the international humanitarian law.”

Also lending it voice against the attack, Kuwait said the Israeli authorities will be held responsible for any escalation and consequences that may follow the incident.

Jordan said “Israel’s continuation of its illegal practices and provocative steps” in the city is a “dangerous game”.

“Building and expanding settlements, confiscating lands, demolishing homes and deporting Palestinians from their homes are illegal practices that perpetuate the occupation and undermine the chances of achieving a just and comprehensive peace, which is a regional and international necessity,” Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Ayman al-Safadi tweeted.

While the United States expressed deep concerns about the events and called on all sides to work to de-escalate them. It also expressed concern about the evictions.

“It’s critical to avoid unilateral steps that would exacerbate tensions or take us further away from peace. And that would include evictions, settlement activity, and home demolitions,” US State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter told reporters in Washington.

Pakistan has also “strongly” condemned the “attacks on innocent worshippers in Al-Aqsa mosque by Israeli occupation forces”.

The Foreign Ministry noted in a statement that such attacks, particularly during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, are against all humanitarian norms and human rights laws.

“We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured, reiterate our steadfast support to the Palestinian cause, and once again urge the international community to take prompt action to protect the Palestinian people,” it said.

The European Union (EU) faulted the violence and urged authorities to quickly calm tensions.

“Violence and incitement are unacceptable and the perpetrators on all sides must be held accountable,” a EU spokesman said in a statement.

“The European Union calls on the authorities to act urgently to de-escalate the current tensions in Jerusalem.”

The statement added that “acts of incitement around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif must be avoided and the status quo has to be respected.”

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has hailed the Palestinians in Jerusalem for being “persistent in the face of repeated Israeli aggression against the al-Aqsa mosque and the people of Sheikh Jarrah”.

IUMS’s Secretary-General, Ali Qaradaghi who “strongly” condemned the Israeli police’s actions, charged Muslim world to support the Palestinian cause materially and morally and to consider such support as a religious duty and necessity.

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