United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on Israel to show utmost restraint and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, ahead of an emergency session held today to discuss the situation in occupied Jerusalem, amid ongoing confrontations between the occupation forces and Palestinians stationed in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
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Today, Monday, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency session to discuss the situation in the occupied city of Jerusalem, while the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference will hold two sessions tomorrow, Tuesday, to discuss the situation in the city.
Diplomats said nearly two-thirds of the council’s 15 member states requested the session.
The issue is related to Tunisia (the only Arab member in the council), Ireland, China, Estonia, France, Norway, Niger, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines and Vietnam.
In a message distributed, the Chinese mission to the United Nations – which is in charge of presiding over the work of the Security Council for this month – said that an emergency session on developments in Jerusalem will be held at ten in the morning New York time (15:00 GMT).
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the international community to assume its full responsibility to stop the aggression against the Palestinian people and their sanctities, and to provide them with protection, holding the occupation government fully responsible.
‘Deep’ American Anxiety
On the other hand, the White House said in a statement that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan expressed in a phone call with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben Shabat on Sunday his “deep concern” about the clashes that took place in Jerusalem in recent days.
“Mr. Sullivan also reiterated the deep concern of the United States about the possible expulsion of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood,” the White House added, reading the transcript of the conversation between Sullivan and Bin Shabat.
He said that the two “agreed that the rocket attacks and incendiary balloons (launched) from Gaza against 38
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For his part, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday, Sunday, that the Secretary-General of the Organization, Antonio Guterres, expressed his belief that Israel should adhere to “the utmost restraint and respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly,” in light of the high tension in East Jerusalem and the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary-General “expresses his deep concern about the continuing violence in occupied East Jerusalem, and also about the possibility of expelling Palestinian families from their homes … He urged Israel to stop the demolition and expulsion.”
He added that the Secretary-General urged that the status quo in the holy sites be preserved and respected.
Two emergency meetings
The General Secretariat of the League of Arab States announced the holding of an extraordinary session of the League Council at the level of foreign ministers tomorrow, Tuesday, and an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be held on the same day.
The Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ambassador Hossam Zaki, said that the meeting will be presided over by the presidency of the State of Qatar, the current chair of the League Council, and confirmed that it comes at the request of the State of Palestine, which was supported by several Arab countries.
Zaki pointed out that the decision to raise the level of the meeting to the ministerial level instead of the level of permanent delegates came in proportion to the seriousness of the Israeli attacks on worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
The ministers will discuss Israeli crimes and attacks in occupied Jerusalem, Islamic and Christian holy sites, and plans to seize the homes of Jerusalemites.
In Jordan, the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Chargé d’Affairs to the Israeli embassy in Amman yesterday, Sunday, to protest the “continuous Israeli violations” in East Jerusalem, at a time when hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in the Jordanian capital to demand the abolition of the peace treaty with Israel and the closure of its embassy in Amman.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Chargé d’Affairs to the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday, to confirm the Jordanian government’s protest and condemn the continuous Israeli violations against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the recent attacks on the Temple Mount and the worshipers, especially Jerusalemites in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. .
Jordan sent an official memorandum to Israel in which it rejected its attempts to displace the residents of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes, and stressed that this is a violation of international humanitarian law.
According to the memorandum – which was directed to the Israeli Foreign Ministry – the Jordanian Foreign Ministry stressed that Israel has no right to forcibly displace Jerusalemites from their homes.
The memo warned of the consequences of continuing violations, stressing the need for Israel to abide by its obliga
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Al-Kazemi denounces it
In Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that his country condemned Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people and prevented Muslims from accessing their holy sites.
Al-Kazemi called for protecting and defending the Palestinian neighborhoods that were historically theirs.
He added, “If normalization does not secure the rights of the Palestinian people, then it is not acceptable to us.”
Positions condemning the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem were issued by many Arab countries, and called on the international community to pressure Israel to stop its violations in the city.
Demonstrations in several countries
Several cities in various countries of the world witnessed stand-ups and demonstrations in support of the people of occupied Jerusalem, and the participants chanted slogans denouncing the Israeli violations and the attempts to displace the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood from their homes.
In Denmark, hundreds of Arab communities participated in denouncing the displacement of the people of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes.
In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a number of Arab and Turkish activists participated in a protest against the Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem.
And in Milan, Italy, Arabs, Muslims, and human rights activists gathered to stand by the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and support them staying in their homes in Jerusalem.
Demonstrators in London to impose sanctions on the Israeli government for its involvement in what they described as practices of ethnic cleansing and apartheid amounting to crimes against humanity.
Activists from the “Friends of Al-Aqsa” organization and the Muslim League in Britain accused the British government of colluding with the Israeli government.
In Chicago, the United States, the demonstrators raised the Palestinian flag, banners with Arab Palestine, and other banners calling for an end to forced displacement, and chanted Palestinian songs in solidarity with Jerusalem and its people.
Violations and protests
At the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan, settler groups announced their intention to carry out a major storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Ramadan 28 (Monday), on the occasion of the so-called Hebrew Jerusalem Day in which Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967.
Since the beginning of Ramadan on April 13th, Jerusalem has witnessed escalating attacks by the Israeli police forces and settlers, especially in the Bab al-Amud and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods.
On the evening of last Friday and the first yesterday, Saturday, Israeli attacks on worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem in general resulted in the injury of about 300 people, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
The Palestinians complain of intensive and continuous Israeli operations to obliterate the identity of Jerusalem and Judaize it, as Israel claims that the city, in its western and eastern parts, is a unified and eternal capital for it.
The Palestinians adhere to East Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for state based on international legitimacy resolutions, which do not recognize Israel’s occupation of the city in 1967 or its annexation in 1981.