Ambassador Hussein Haridi, a former assistant to the Egyptian Foreign Minister, said that the role assigned to Arab governments today is to re-read the normalization agreements signed by some Arab countries, adding that there are great discrepancies between the agreement’s promises and what we see in terms of Israeli brutality against defenseless Jerusalemites.
He stressed – during a live interview on Al Jazeera – that the prayer of 90,000 Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque last night is a message to the whole world that the Palestinian steadfastness continues and that the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is inevitable and there is no compromise over it.
On the role of the Arab League, he said that the Arab League as a regional organization is oppressed by many and held by many more than it can do on the ground regarding Jerusalem and Palestine.
He explained that the Arab League is a regional organization with its limited capabilities and capabilities, but on the other hand it reflects the will of the Arab collective, and if this collective will is not at the level of the event, then we hold the League more than it can do.
Hussein Haridi, the former Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt: We are unfair to the Arab League as a regional organization and carry it more than it can do pic.twitter.com/iIDbUDRWnb
– Al Jazeera Mubasher (@ajmubasher) May 8, 2021
Haridi emphasized that “the main role here is entrusted to the Arab governments, and let me link the events of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem these days with what we heard last September in the White House about the Abraham agreements.”
And he added, “The paradox today is very great between the bright promises that we listened to when signing these agreements and the understandings that followed on the same level, and what we see in terms of Israeli brutality and racism on the ground.”
“We, the Arabs, are at a crossroads, and we cannot continue talking about peace with Israel while it persists in its attacks on the Palestinians and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.
# Watch | The occupation forces attack the people in solidarity with the people of # Sheikh_ Jarrah neighborhood in # Occupied Jerusalem #Save_Sheikh_Jarrah neighborhood #SaveSheikhJarrah pic.twitter.com/4JYkPVMCXW
– Al Jazeera Mubasher (@ajmubasher) May 9, 2021
Confrontations and prayers
Yesterday, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs confirmed that 90,000 worshipers performed the night of the twenty-seventh of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque despite the Israeli restrictions.
After the prayers, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a number of Palestinians in the Bab al-Amud area, and prevented ambulances from reaching the injured, while other units of the Israeli army arrested a number of Palestinian activists in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Online solidarity campaigns are still at the forefront of global communication platforms with the people of the neighborhood.
The Palestine Red Crescent Authority reported that more than 205 Palestinian civilians were injured during confrontations with the occupation forces in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Jarrah and Bab Al-Amud.