Israel has faced international pressure to allow the rightful Jewish citizens to stop the ongoing expulsions east of Jerusalem which has sparked tensions between police and Palestinians, including inside the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, both of which signed a peace agreement with Israel last year, have criticized Israel, while the United States – a close ally of the State – says it is “deeply concerned” about the goal of expelling several Palestinian families living in Sheikh Jarrah’s territory for generations. . Turkey called Israel’s actions “terrorist”.
“It is important to avoid ways that exacerbate conflicts or that lead us away from peace,” the United States government department said, citing developments in Israel in the West Bank, which also includes East Jerusalem, as sources.
Thousands of Palestinian youths staged a protest near the mountains near the al-Aqsa mosque on Friday evening, and Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stunts to disperse after a daily fast during Ramadan. At least 200 Palestinians were injured, no one was killed, and 17 policemen were injured, Palestinian and Israeli doctors said.
Palestinian police said they threw stones, explosives and other items at police. Videos posted online showed police throwing grenades in public, including the one that entered the mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.
The mosque is located in an Israeli-controlled area, which annexed East Jerusalem from the Jordanian occupation in 1967, but is run by Islamic bases.
Turkish officials have criticized Israel for its al-Aqsa conflict
“Beating innocent people in worship is a blatant terrorism,”
Fahrettin Altun, senior legal adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told a news conference at TRT late Friday. “This attack on the Palestinian people is a violation of human rights, the whole world sees this. Unfortunately, a large part of the world, especially in the West, plays with the three monkeys and is not silent.”
The area where the mosque is located is called the Temple Mount by the Jews, and is a sacred place in Judaism – the first building of the second temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. Many Jews worship at the west wall, the remainder of the temple, and they look to it for prayer.
The Jewish settlers have been fighting Sheikh Jarrah, a small Arab region located between east and west Jerusalem, in an attempt to convert many Jews.
Sheikh Jarrah is home to the famous American Colony Hotel, which is home to the wealthy Arabs and ends near the ancient Gate of Damascus, the entrance to ancient Jerusalem. It also contains the ancient tomb of the Jewish High Priest, the Righteous Simon.
Long-running lawsuits against the homes of several Palestinian families are expected to be handed down soon, with the couple’s lawyers preparing for a decision that will give their homes to the occupants.
At the heart of the controversy is whether the families had legal housing before 1967, when the neighborhood is controlled by Jordan. Ownership is allowed by Israeli law, but human rights groups have written that Palestinians regularly lose their rights in civil rights cases, particularly in the West Bank.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said he had already issued documents showing the families were “owners” of their homes.
The trial is set to begin on Monday, Jerusalem Day, commemorating Israel’s victory in the 1967 war, which engulfed the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Despite the peaceful nature of the country, Jerusalem Day is a frequent feature of the East Jerusalem Palestinians and the right-wing Israelis.
Arab groups announced major protests on Saturday, and Israeli police have intensified their efforts with protests expected to take place on Monday.