More than 200 people were injured when Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades at stone-throwing Palestinians outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem late Friday night.
Thousands of worshipers had earlier prepared for Islam’s third holiest site on the final Friday of Ramadan, and many stood in protest of Israeli plans to evict Palestinian families from their homes on the land demanded by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Palestinians have staged multiple protests in the area in recent days, condemning Israeli orders to evacuate their homes. Israeli security forces attacked the protesters using scattered water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades. Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested.
Here is how the country and the international community reacted to the events of Al Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah:
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has called on Israel to cancel any forced evictions and warned that its actions could be “war crimes.”
“We want to emphasize that East Jerusalem is part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, where international humanitarian law is enforced,” spokeswoman Rupert Colville said. “Occupancy … cannot seize private property in occupied territories.”
He added that the transfer of civilian population to the occupied territories was illegal under international law and that “it could amount to war crimes.”
Qatar has condemned “storms” and “attacks on worshipers” on the premises of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police.
In a statement, the foreign ministry said it was “provoking the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, and a serious violation of human rights and international treaties.”
He called on the international community in Qatar to work to end “repeated Israeli aggression” against Palestinians and al-Aqsa.
It has reconsidered its support for Palestine and its support for the rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state based on the 1967 borders.
Turkey has also strongly condemned Israeli forces’ “attacks” on Palestinian worshipers and called on the Israeli government to “put an end to this provocative and aggressive attitude.”
“Turkey will continue to support the just cause of the Palestinian people,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The European Union has condemned the violence on the premises and called on the authorities to calm the tension quickly.
“Violence and incitement are unacceptable and perpetrators must be held accountable,” a spokesman said in a statement. “The European Union has called on the authorities to act urgently to address the current tensions in Jerusalem.”
The statement added that “provocations around the Temple Mount / Haram Al Sharif should be avoided and the status quo should be respected”, using another term for the original religious site.
The United States has said it is “deeply concerned” about the program and has called on all sides to work to increase it. It has also expressed concern about the eviction.
“Criticism of avoiding unilateral measures that increase tensions or take us further away from peace. And that would include evictions, settlement activities, and house demolitions, “State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters in Washington.
Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem turned violent as Israeli police tried to disperse the crowd.
Protesters are protesting against an Israeli order to evacuate Palestinian families in Sheikh Zarah in occupied East Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/ks2i7fRUvB
– Al Jazeera English (@ English Today) May 5, 2021
Saudi Arabia says Israeli plans have reduced the likelihood of a resumption of peace talks.
“We reject Israeli plans and measures to evict Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem and to impose Israeli sovereignty,” it said.
Iran’s foreign ministry has called on the United Nations to strongly condemn the bloody Israeli police on the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling it a “war crime.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed al-Khatibzadeh said in a statement that “the attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been condemned by the occupying forces in Quds (Jerusalem).”
“This war crime has once again proved to the world the criminal nature of illegal Zionist rule,” he added, adding that Iran has “called on the United Nations and other relevant international bodies to fulfill their specific responsibility to fight this war crime.”
Egypt also condemned Israeli Sheikh Zararah’s attempt to forcibly evict Palestinians.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said: “The displacement of a Palestinian family in Sheikh Zarah Para violates international law and international humanitarian law.”
Kuwait’s foreign ministry also condemned the move by Israeli police in al-Aqsa and blamed Israeli authorities for any escalation and consequences following Friday night’s incidents.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, the highest seat of Sunni Muslim education, has condemned the attack on worshipers, calling it “barbaric Zionist terrorism in the light of shameful international silence.”
Islamic Union for Muslim Scholars
The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has condemned the move by Israeli police.
The statement praised the Palestinians in Jerusalem for their “steadfast stand against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the repeated Israeli aggression against the people of Sheikh Zararah.”
Ali Karadagi, Secretary-General of the IUS, encouraged the Muslim world to support the cause of Palestine maritally and morally, considering such support a religious obligation and necessity.
Jordan, a defender of Islamic sites in the vicinity of Jerusalem, said “Israel’s continuation of its illegal practices and provocative actions” is a “dangerous game” in the city.
“Building and expanding settlements, confiscating land, demolishing homes and deporting Palestinians from their homes is an illegal practice that perpetuates occupation and undermines the prospects for justice and comprehensive peace, a regional and international necessity,” said Ayman al-Jordan, Jordan’s foreign minister. Safadi tweeted.