5/18/2023–|Last updated: 5/18/202311:29 PM (Mecca time)
Arab countries and organizations have condemned the Israeli “flag march” in occupied Jerusalem, and the attack on Palestinians in the city.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation denounced the settler and extremist groups, including ministers in the Israeli occupation government and Knesset members, who stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the protection of the occupation forces, and performed their racist rituals in its courtyards.
In a statement on Thursday, it considered this “an extension of the repeated violations of Israel, the occupying power, of the sanctity of holy places and freedom of worship, and a flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law.”
The organization also condemned the “flag march” organized by settlement associations in the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem.
The Arab League
The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, condemned the Israeli authorities for allowing a provocative demonstration by the Israeli right.
He stressed that such “reckless actions, which are taking place under the protection of the Israeli government and with the participation of some of its symbols, are adding fuel to the fire and pushing the situation to the brink of explosion in the occupied territories.”
The Arab Parliament warned of the repercussions of the “flag march,” considering it a provocation to the feelings of Muslims and Palestinians, and a dangerous escalation of the situation in Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.
In a statement, Thursday, the Arab Parliament condemned allowing a member of the Israeli government and members of the “Knesset” to storm the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and held the occupation fully responsible for the repercussions of these provocative marches and racist practices in the city of Jerusalem and its sanctities.
Egypt has condemned the storming of a number of Israeli government officials, parliamentarians, and groups of settlers to Al-Aqsa Mosque, within the framework of the so-called “flag march,” and the accompanying provocative actions and practices aimed at harassing worshipers and provoking the feelings of the general Palestinian people.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, Egypt confirmed what this represents as an irresponsible escalation that fuels feelings and increases tension and tension in the occupied territories, calling for the need to respect the existing legal and historical situation in Jerusalem, in which Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic endowment.
On Thursday, the Palestinian presidency condemned the march of Israeli flags in occupied Jerusalem Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, “The so-called Israeli flags march are provocations and unacceptable acts of escalation.”
Abu Rudeineh stressed that “these actions do not give legitimacy to anyone, because the Palestinian people are the owners of the land and the right, and they are the ones who grant legitimacy in Jerusalem, not Israel or America.”
On Thursday, Jordan condemned the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by a minister in the Israeli government, members of the Knesset (parliament), and settlers, warning of an exacerbation of the situation after allowing the implementation of the “flag march” in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
The Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sinan Majali, described the raids, under the protection of the Israeli police, as “unacceptable and provocative actions.”
The UAE “strongly” condemned the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by members of the Israeli government, the Knesset and extremists under police protection, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the statement, which was published by the official Emirates News Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “We affirm the UAE’s firm position on the need to provide full protection for Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to stop dangerous and provocative violations in it.”