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Amidst senseless attacks on Palestinians in Jerusalem, Erdoğan argues Israel is a “terror state”

In a sign of its ever-increasing position on the world stage, the Republic of Turkey has swiftly responded to the events of the past few days where police officers and other armed personnel have launched a tirade of senseless attacks on Palestinian Muslims in the third-holiest site of Islam, al-Aqsa. [1] [2]

 

 

According to the latest figures, there have been in excess of 700 injured in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza since Israeli occupation forces raided the al-Aqsa compound once again last Friday, [3] whilst making indiscriminate use of stun grenades, tear gas, skunk water [4], and rubber-coated metal bullets against worshippers, many of whom have been attacked during prayer. It is worth noting that despite dozens of mainstream media outlets likening the situation to mere “clashes”, the reality of the attacks could not be farther from the truth. [5]

Bone-chilling scenes from video footage show prayers resolutely taking place whilst stun grenades and panicked voices are heard in the distance. Such has been the disregard by the Zionist regime for al-Aqsa, a place that is supposedly also revered by Jews. [6]


    • The civil rights protests—held in retaliation against an imminent Israeli supreme court ruling that will determine whether settlers can essentially rob the homes of Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem—have been growing in number in the penultimate days of the blessed month of Ramaḍān. However, events came to a head when, on 7th May—the last Jumu‘ah of Ramaḍān—Israeli riot police began assaulting worshippers and peaceful protesters alike.

After a united global stance amongst not only Muslims but also non-Muslims, including heads of state, ‘Israel’ has postponed the court hearing that was pencilled in for 10th May. It remains to be seen when the hearing date will be rescheduled, in an extension to the bitter decades-long legal wrangling between Palestinians living in Sheikh Jarrah and Israeli settlers who wish to eject the Palestinian residents. [7]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called out the Zionist regime of ‘Israel’ for its unjustified and excessive show of force against innocent unarmed Palestinians who have been peacefully demonstrating against the apartheid state’s intention to illegally evict Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah in order to pave the way for Israeli settlers to swoop in and rob the native people of their homes and property.

In a powerful statement, President Erdoğan said that “the cruel Israel, terror state Israel is mercilessly and unethically attacking Muslims in Jerusalem.” The Turkish leader stated that diplomatic channels had been engaged, noting that the government “immediately launched the necessary initiatives to get the United Nations, Organisation for Islamic Cooperation and all relevant institutions to take action.” [2] In relation to the planned Sheikh Jarrah evictions, President Erdoğan said:

“Otherwise, we will do everything we can to ensure the cruel are sentenced to the fate they [the aggressors] deserve.” [2]

History repeats itself. As with the foundation of the United States—which saw the displacement and genocide of the native population largely in the late 18th and early 19th centuries—the disturbing pattern in the 20th and 21st centuries is that ‘Israel’ has and continues to plan on doing the same to the Palestinians.

‘Israel’ is engaging in what many argue to be ethnic cleansing by evicting the Palestinians who have made Sheikh Jarrah their home for generations. The incoming Israeli occupiers and ‘settlers’ have, according to the majority of the international community, no legal right to gatecrash and boot out the Palestinians.

Indeed, Khaled Meshaal, the former long-time leader of the Hamas political organisation, argued on 9th May:

“What’s happening in Sheikh Jarrah is ethnic cleansing by expelling families that have a history in this neighborhood … The Ummah will prevail and its enemies will be defeated despite all the suffering it is going through and attempts to divide it.” [8]

During an event held in Morocco titled Jerusalem and the Promise of the Hereafter, organised by the Moroccan Association for the Support of the Ummah Causes, Meshaal further elaborated:

“There is no life for us without Jerusalem … Jerusalem is not a political, religious, spiritual, and civilizational capital, but rather it is the past, present, and future, and it is the land that God has promised us to be the land of decisiveness with the Zionists in the first and last round.” [8]

Across the globe, condemnations have been pouring in against the Zionist regime for its extreme use of force against unarmed and non-confrontational demonstrators who oppose the expansion of Israel’s decades-long illegal settlement programme.

Despite this, ‘Israel’ has responded by ramping up the violence. The apartheid state has launched airstrikes against targets in Gaza after Hamas released an ultimatum seeking to defuse tensions by calling on ‘Israel’ to withdraw its soldiers from the al-Aqsa compound and from Sheikh Jarrah. After the Israelis refused to take heed of these demands, rockets were fired into ‘Israel’ in a largely symbolic move, considering the strength of the Israeli Iron Dome anti-rocket defence system. [9] ‘Israel’ responded by launching airstrikes that have so far claimed the lives of 26 Palestinians, including nine children. [10]

In the UK, the only leader of the four home nations to have publicly spoken out against the Israeli aggression has been the SNP leader and recently re-elected First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. In comparison, the silence from the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been deafening. [11]

In an expression of European unity against Israeli settlement building, the governments of Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the UK released a brief joint statement on 6th May concerning the advancement in building 540 new settlement units in Jabal Abu Ghneim (also called Har Homa in Hebrew) in the occupied West Bank. However, the British Prime Minister has yet to speak on the issue directly to the British people.

The statement begins:

“We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance the construction of 540 settlement units in the Har Homa E area of the occupied West Bank, and to cease its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Settlements are illegal under international law, and threaten prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” [12]

In referencing the ongoing Sheikh Jarrah protests, the press release also adds:

“This move … and continued evictions in East Jerusalem, including in Sheikh Jarrah, also undermines efforts to rebuild trust between the parties.” [12]

 

Across the Atlantic, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar slammed Jerusalem deputy mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum for her inflammatory remarks as being a description of “ethnic cleansing”. Along with another Jerusalem deputy mayor, Aryeh King, Hassan-Nahoum has dismissed the concerns about the illegal evictions in recent days. [13]

Hassan-Nahoum claims:

“This is a Jewish country … There’s only one. And of course there are laws that some people may consider as favoring Jews—it’s a Jewish state. It is here to protect the Jewish people.” [13]

In addition, King has said that “of course” a plan exists in which “layers of Jews” will be implanted in East Jerusalem. King also suggested that policies aimed at forcefully evicting Palestinians are “the way to secure the future of Jerusalem as a Jewish capital for the Jewish people.” [13]

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.islam21c.com/news-views/al-aqsa-israeli-police-injure-hundreds-of-palestinians-during-protest-in-jerusalem/[2] https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/turkey-accuses-israel-terror-over-palestinian-clashes-al-aqsa-2021-05-08/

[3] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jerusalem-protests-live-israel-news-b1844779.html

[4] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34227609

[5] https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/sheikh-jarrah-western-media-outlets-are-whitewashing-israeli-colonialism-46593

[6] https://www.islam21c.com/politics/the-temple-mount-deceit/

[7] https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/09/middleeast/jerusalem-sheikh-jarrah-unrest/index.html

[8] https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/sheikh-jarrah-evictions-ethnic-cleansing-meshaal/2234482

[9] https://news.sky.com/video/israels-iron-dome-shoots-down-rockets-from-gaza-12303195

[10] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/10/hamas-fires-rockets-into-israel-in-dispute-over-jerusalem-mosque

[11] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-jerusalem-labour-starmer-israel-palestine-sheikh-jarrah-aqsa

[12] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-by-france-germany-italy-spain-and-the-united-kingdom-on-israeli-settlements

[13] https://www.newsweek.com/ethnic-cleansing-ilhan-omar-responds-jerusalem-officials-remarks-amid-conflict-over-evictions-1589881

Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed for the third consecutive time on Monday night following pitched battles the day before that saw hundreds injured.[1] The ancient sacred site was stormed by heavily-armed Israeli police fully clad in riot gear, turning what should be a sacred place of prayer into a battlefield. Whilst most Western media will characterise the Israeli assault on the mosque as a “clash”, there is no parity of arms; one side attacks with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades under the cover provided by many in the international media, whilst the other side defends itself and its holy site with stones, video testimonies, and global pleas to the Divine.

Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque earlier this week in preparation for the Jerusalem Day march in which right-wing Israelis traditionally parade through Arab parts of Jerusalem taunting and baiting Palestinian residents. In the face of universal condemnation, including uncharacteristically choice words from the US administration criticising Israel’s actions in Sheikh Jarrah, and international protests held across western cities such as London, Berlin, and Chicago, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered a further incendiary raid on unarmed worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque in an effort to appease his extremist base.

Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed and worshippers were attacked whilst extremist Israeli settlers were seen singing and dancing beneath a tent that flew the Israeli flag in full view of the homes of Palestinians threatened with forcible eviction.[2]

Pope Francis also spoke out and said: “I invite everyone to seek shared solutions, so that the multi-religious and multi-cultural identity of the Holy City might be respected and that fraternity might prevail.”[4]

Following the distressing scenes in Al-Aqsa, protests have ignited across Palestine, which were met with a heavy-handed police response. Hamas, together with the resistance in Gaza, issued the right-wing Israeli government with a warning: cease the aggression and withdraw forces from Al-Aqsa Mosque, or face the consequences.

Israeli forces continued their aggression on unarmed worshippers, with video footage showing an unarmed man cowering on the floor in the foetal position while being stamped on by Israeli soldiers. At 6pm local time, Hamas began firing rockets into Israel claiming sustained Israeli aggression against worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood during the holy month of Ramaḍān, which ignited the most recent tensions.

In recent days, the Israeli military police has violently cracked down on protests in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, including in what would in any other city in the world be considered police brutality, reminiscent of the treatment meted out on the late George Floyd.

The right-wing Israeli government’s response was both predictable and deadly. Air raids followed indiscriminately, dropping bombs on Gaza. The current death toll stands at 28 Palestinians killed and 2 Israeli’s.  An Indian woman working in the country was also killed.  Scores more Palestinians have been injured.[5]

Gaza is one of the most densely packed regions in the world, so it came as no surprise that a series of Israeli air strikes killed scores of civilians, including nine children.[6] Eyewitness reports state that a man on a motorcycle (a suspected Hamas member) was riding through the civilian area when Israeli airstrikes targeted him twice.[7],[8] Two children also died in the Israeli air strike on the suspected armed group member.

“The children were playing with their cousins in front of the house when a man on a motorcycle passed by, and the occupation targeted him twice,” said Youssef al-Masri, the father of two of the children killed in the Israeli attack.[9]

The mourning father explained how his only children, Marwan aged 7 and Ibrahim aged 11, liked to play outside just before the iftar meal. The heart-broken father said: “My children were martyred. I cannot find any justification whatsoever for targeting someone passing through overcrowded civilian neighbourhoods where dozens of children usually play.”[10]

The extended al-Masri family lost five members that day, as further Israeli air strikes hit while families were preparing their iftar meal. Marwa al-Masri from another branch of the family said:

“I was coming back home from work when two explosions rocked the neighbourhood. The dust and the smell of blood and death filled the place in a moment, and children were bleeding on the side of the street.”

“I saw my cousin hugging her children and screaming. All of this happened in just one moment. I still cannot imagine that this happened.

“It makes my heart bleed. While people were preparing for their iftar in Ramadan, we were holding the coffins of our children killed in cold blood by the occupation.”

In response to attempts to justify the killing of children, political activist and artist Lowkey tweeted: “As a parent, to witness people who consider themselves extremely civilised and may even be parents themselves, justifying the killing of children trapped in an open-air prison, deeply hurts my soul. What wounds could have coarsened your senses to this extent?”

In a concerning sign of escalation on Tuesday, a newly formed organisation of armed groups in Gaza called the Joint Chamber of Military Operations for Palestinian Factions released a statement:

“As a part of operations, a military armoured vehicle belonging to the occupying forces in northern Gaza was hit and a rocket attack was carried out on Jerusalem.

“We have accumulated our military experience in a bid to defend our people, whom we will never abandon. Our weapon is the weapon of all our people.

“The time when the coward enemy can attack Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and Al-Quds without being held accountable is over.”[11]

Netanyahu, who is under increasing political pressure at home in light of corruption proceedings against him and the ensuing political turmoil, has vowed to increase the frequency and intensity of the attacks.  He declared on Tuesday “It was decided that both the might of the attacks and the frequency of the attacks will be increased.”[12]

In a sign that Netanyahu does indeed intend to increase the scale of the attacks, Israeli troops have been mobilised at the Gaza border and approximately 5000 reservists have been called up.  US President, Joe Biden, has called for de-escalation but there is little evidence that his call will be heeded.[13]

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.middleeasteye.net/live/israel-palestine-sheikh-jarrah-jerusalem-update

[2] https://www.middleeasteye.net/live/israel-palestine-sheikh-jarrah-jerusalem-update

[3] https://pakobserver.net/pakistan-celebrities-call-out-israeli-atrocities-against-palestinians/

[4] https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-appeal-jerusalem-palestinian-clashes.html

[5] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/11/dead-in-gaza-after-jerusalem-violence-spreads

[6] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-gaza-children-killed-air-strikes

[7] https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/children-among-24-killed-as-israel-hits-gaza-after-west-bank-violence-46611

[8] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-gaza-children-killed-air-strikes

[9] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-gaza-children-killed-air-strikes

[10] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-gaza-children-killed-air-strikes

[11] https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/children-among-24-killed-as-israel-hits-gaza-after-west-bank-violence-46611

[12] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/11/dead-in-gaza-after-jerusalem-violence-spreads

[13] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/11/dead-in-gaza-after-jerusalem-violence-spreads

Al-Aqsa: Israeli police injure hundreds of Palestinians during protest in Jerusalem

Armed Israeli police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday night whilst worshippers were observing prayers. Troubling video footage showed the solemn sound of the evening prayer echoing through the ancient streets of the sacred compound punctuated by stun grenades and rubber bullets.[1]

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that Israeli police deployed rubber bullets and stun grenades on unarmed worshippers, injuring at least 200 Palestinians. Dozens of worshippers were hospitalised after suffering injuries to the face and eyes from rubber bullets, as well as shrapnel wounds from stun grenades.[2]

 

 

Earlier in the day, hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the final Friday prayer of Ramadan. Some remained to peacefully protest against the unlawful eviction of families from their homes in Israeli-occupied land. Some in the crowd could be heard chanting a refrain common at such protests: “With our soul, with our blood, we will redeem you O Aqsa!!!

Among the protestors was Bashar Mahmoud who said:

“If we don’t stand with this group of people here, [evictions] will [come] to my house, her house, his house, and to every Palestinian who lives here.”[3]

The peaceful protestors, many of whom were women and children, were violently dispersed by Israeli police.[4]

Israel captured East Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza territories, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Israel annexed and occupied East Jerusalem in contravention of international law and considers the entire city to be its capital. Palestinians view East Jerusalem, within which Al-Aqsa mosque is located, as the capital and heartbeat of its future state.

Israel’s supreme court is due to hold a hearing on the internationally condemned Sheikh Jarrah evictions on Monday – the same day that Israel will celebrate its capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 war, known as Jerusalem Day.

The court will determine if the Palestinian homes, which as conceded by Jalina Porter of the US State Department that the Palestinians have “lived in for generations”,[5] can simply be given to Jewish settlers.

Israel’s unprecedented, disproportionate, and violent crackdown on unarmed worshippers and assault on a sacred mosque has drawn widespread condemnation.

 

Ned Price, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said:

‘We are extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah. We call on Israeli and Palestinian officials to act decisively to deescalate tensions & bring a halt to the violence.’[6]

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for human rights went further to add:

“We call on Israel to immediately call off all forced evictions. We wish to emphasise that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which international humanitarian law applies.”

Colville added that the “occupying power … cannot confiscate private property in occupied territory”, and insisted that Israel cease actions that may lead to a “forcible transfer” which “may amount to war crimes.”[7]

Israel’s actions were also condemned across the Muslim-majority world, including Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan, Jordan, and Kuwait.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu tweeted:

“Strongly condemning the attack this evening on al-Aqsa Mosque, our first Qibla. It is inhumane for Israel to target innocents praying during Holy Ramadan.”

Jordan’s Foreign Minister, Ayman al-Safadi, weighed in:

“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.”[8]

Perhaps the most surprising intervention came from Saudi Arabia, which has been cosying up to Israel under the Trump administration. Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said: “We reject Israel’s plans and measures to evict Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and to impose Israel’s sovereignty on them.”

Iran also made a characteristically unhinged comment calling for “armed resistance.” Many observers have become wary of Iran using the Palestinian people as a pawn in its long-running confrontation with Israel and the West.

Prominent British Muslim cleric and academic of Palestinian heritage, Dr Haitham al-Haddad, has urged Muslims across the world to raise their voices in protest at the Palestinian plight and Israeli aggression on Islam’s third-holiest site.

Many commentators have said that the assault on Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s first qibla and the third-holiest site, is a patent provocation as it comes during the final Friday of Islam’s holiest month, which many Muslims consider to be the most sacred in the year.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/israeli-police-wound-dozens-of-palestinians-in-al-aqsa-mosque-raid-46546

[2] https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/israeli-police-wound-dozens-of-palestinians-in-al-aqsa-mosque-raid-46546

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/07/israeli-police-clash-with-protesters-over-palestinian-evictions

[4] https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem-israeli-forces-attack-palestinian-worshippers-protesters-sheikh-jarrah-injured

[5] https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/israeli-police-wound-dozens-of-palestinians-in-al-aqsa-mosque-raid-46546

[6] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/7/jerusalem-dozens-of-palestinians-hurt-in-al-aqsa-clashes

[7] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/7/jerusalem-dozens-of-palestinians-hurt-in-al-aqsa-clashes

[8] https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/israeli-police-wound-dozens-of-palestinians-in-al-aqsa-mosque-raid-46546

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