Days of Palestine - Doha
Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s Cheif, called for firming political and diplomatic positions on the Arab, Islamic and international levels to prevent the Israeli occupation from continuing its “barbaric” attacks against the Palestinians, their land, and their sanctities in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In a message sent to the leaders of Arab and Islamic countries on Sunday, Haniyeh stressed that the escalation of the Israeli aggression had crossed all red lines and provoked the feelings of the Arab and Islamic nation.
He expressed hope and confidence that the Arab and Islamic countries would be unified in confronting the Israeli occupation’s crimes and would support the steadfastness of the Jerusalemites.
The Hamas leader concluded his message by saying, “The Palestinian people in Jerusalem who have been defending the land and holy sites on behalf of the entire Arab and Islamic nation for more than 50 years will not stop and will continue until the achievement of liberation and the establishment of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”
More than 200 Palestinians were wounded outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and stun grenades towards rock-hurling protesters.
Tens of thousands of worshippers had earlier packed Islam’s third-holiest site on the final Friday of Ramadan and many stayed on to protest against Israeli plans to evict Palestinian families from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Palestinians have staged a series of sit-ins in the area in recent days denouncing Israeli orders for them to vacate their homes. Israeli security forces have attacked the sit-ins using skunk water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and shock grenades. Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested.