Tehran Condemns The Latest Israeli Air Raids On Al-Aqsa Mosque

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, during a press conference held on Monday, has condemned Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“This violation, which took place on the eve of Eid al-Adha, is strongly condemned and the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its disgust with it,” Khatibzadeh said.

He added that Iran will do everything to defend the Muslim world from what he describes as an “Israeli aggression”.

Against this backdrop, Israeli forces are ramping up their efforts to abort the Palestinian Intifada. Iran’s condemnation came in response to the latest provocative actions against Muslim worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday.

The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported that the Israeli forces, along with Israeli settlers, attacked worshipers at the holy sites, in addition to detaining many of them. The Agency added that the Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas against the Palestinians.

The Israeli officers have locked the southern main building inside the holy site, leaving thousands of Muslim worshipers locked inside.

The official spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez has condemned Israeli aggression and called on Israel to halt its provocative actions.

Hafez affirmed Egypt’s rejection of any aggression against the holy site.

It’s worth mentioning that the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is known for his anti-Arab rhetoric. The new coalition, ostensibly, is inclusive. But in reality, it’s far from that. The United Arab List supported Bennett on the grounds that he is a lesser evil.

Bennett, on the other hand, needed Arab support to oust Netanyahu. But we have doubts that the government will survive in the long term.

In one of his speeches, he said it explicitly that the Palestinians have no rights in the West Bank. “There was never a Palestinian state here. Our forefathers and our descendants will not forgive an Israeli leader who gives up our country and divides our capital,” Bennett said.

Bennett has repeatedly attacked the Palestinian government, opposing any attempts aimed at securing symbolic rights for the Palestinians in the West Bank.

In 2014, Bennett attacked Netanyahu for a proposed peace deal that aimed to leave Jewish settlers under Palestinian rule in the West Bank.

“Do you know why, why Jews cannot live under Palestinian rule, why Palestinians can’t rule over Jews? Because they will kill them,” Bennett said at a conference in Tel Aviv.

For years, Bennett has been the “enfant terrible” of the government. During Israel’s 2014 war with Gaza, he demanded an offensive against Hamas.

“His so-called “cratering plan” consisted of prolonged, targeted airstrikes along with pinpoint commando raids,” Ben Caspit, a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse.

The so-called only democracy in the Middle East is cracking down on independent journalists who expose the dirty work of the Zionists.

Though the US has shown little interest in the ongoing Israeli aggression, a survey conducted in the US shows that a satisfying number of Americans perceive Israel as an apartheid state.

Among respondents to the survey commissioned by the Jewish Electorate Institute, a group led by prominent Jewish Democrats, 34% agreed that “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to racism in the United States,” 25% agreed that “Israel is an apartheid state” and 22% agreed that “Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians.”

Israel continues to breach international law, especially resolution 242, which demands Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967.

The United Nations and the European Union have condemned Israeli ill-treatment of Palestinians. However, no real change has happened on the ground. Israel announces every week its plan for constructing new settlements. In other words, increasing the number of Jews, while decreasing the number of Palestinians, is the main priority for Israel.

According to Amnesty International (2019), Israel has committed war crimes: the illegal detention of Palestinians, the unlawful killing of innocent civilians and children, in addition to enforcing its blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Earlier this year, the ICC’s Chief prosecutor stated: “There is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed in the context of the 2014 hostilities in Gaza” by Israel.

Nonetheless, US Vice President Kamala Harris criticized the ICC for opening war crime investigations against Israel. Likewise, President Joe Biden, despite his normative rhetoric, said that Israel remains a key ally to Washington.

All in All, we have doubts that the international community will do anything to protect the rights of innocent Palestinians. Hence, activists like Mohamed El-Kurd and his sister Mona El-Kurd have nothing to do but resist.

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