‘Israeli peace calls false’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 13, (Agencies): Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim has labelled Israel’s ongoing raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque “brutal,” saying the latest assault once again demonstrates that the “occupational entity’s calls for peace are false.” Several Palestinian worshippers were injured on Sunday after being attacked by Israeli police, who were guarding 450 Israeli settlers as they reportedly broke into the mosque on the first day of the Islamic Eid Al-Adha festival.
“It is utterly woeful and shameful to leave Jerusalemites facing their enemy alone, without any support or backing,” the chief lawmaker said in a statement. He urged the need for comprehensive Arab, Islamic and global action across political, human rights and cultural forums worldwide to put pressure on an “occupational entity that knows only the logic of oppression and power.”
“If our military conditions are unfavorable, this does not prevent daily action on the political, cultural and human rights spectrums,” he added. Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul-Gheit decried on Sunday the attack by Jewish settlers and militants on Al-Aqsa mosque during Eid Al-Adha prayers.
“The incident that happened under eyes of the occupation troops and with their insinuation is in line with a continuing Israeli policy aimed at normalizing the Jewish presence in the compound of the mosque and trimming the Muslims’ presence even during the blessed days during which the Eid rituals and prayers are held,” Abul-Gheit said in a statement. He held the Israeli government responsible for the systematic and dangerous escalation for sake of appeasing the militants, noting that such “a reckless and barbaric policy foments fanaticism in the region and threatens to touch off a religious strife in Jerusalem.”
The Palestinian Presidency condemned Israeli troops’ attack on Al-Aqsa mosque during Eid Al-Adha’s prayers. The presidency spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah, said in a statement that the Israeli government was responsible for the attack on the mosque and the faithful, warning that such an act would aggravate tension and threaten to “bring the region back to the square of violence.” Abu Rudainah added that President Mahmoud Abbas held contacts “with all the parties to halt the dangerous Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people and their sanctities.” He added that the president called for “urgent Arab and international intervention to deter the aggression and Israeli arrogance.”
Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Jews refer to as the Temple Mount. Police said at least four officers were wounded. Witnesses said at least two people were arrested. Clouds of tear-gas swirled and stun grenades thundered across the stone-paved esplanade as masses of worshipers skirmished with police in the worst bout of fighting at the contested holy site in months. The clashes came amid heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, just days after an Israeli soldier was killed south of Jerusalem. On Saturday, Israeli troops killed four Palestinian militants who attempted to cross the Gaza border fence.