The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined in Israeli condemnation of the previous day’s violence at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Saturday, where hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in scenes similar to the one that predicted the Gaza war last May.
“The United Arab Emirates strongly condemns today’s attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces.
The statement said, “The United Arab Emirates’ position is that Israeli authorities must respect the right of Palestinians to practice their religion and stop any practices that violate the sanctity of al-Aqsa Mosque.
Furthermore, the United Arab Emirates underscores the need to respect the jurisdiction of Jordan’s Hashimite Kingdom in line with international law and historical context, without compromising the authority of the Jerusalem Foundation to administer the affairs of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The report continued, referring to the waqf Muslim authorities who manage the religious sites in the Temple Mount.
Bahrain’s foreign ministry issued a similar statement on Saturday, saying “Israeli police attacked al-Aqsa Mosque and wounded and arrested Palestinian rioters”, a provocation to Muslims, especially during the holy month. [Ramadan]. “
Condemnations from the Gulf States All Israel’s Middle Eastern neighbors, including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have issued statements of strong condemnation following the United States’ expression of “deep concern” over the violence in Jerusalem.
The UN and the EU were over-measured in their responses, instead focusing on remaining calm and urging the parties to act with restraint.
On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians set up barricades inside the al-Aqsa Mosque and piled up rocks and other items to throw at intruders. Dozens of young people began marching through the compound waving Palestinian flags, while others were carrying green banners linked to the Hamas terrorist group, police said. The protesters hurled stones and exploded firecrackers.
Authorities arrested about 400 rebels and the Palestinian Red Cross said 158 people had been injured – most of them probably inhaling tear gas. The footage showed chaos on the site, with rocks and fireworks firing heavily at armed police. Palestinians spread clips of officers striking protesters, including fleeing women and journalists.
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Determined to remove the stones from the mosque, the police decided to break into the building, resulting in dozens of arrests and footage similar to the one released almost a year ago.
Six hours later, they were able to clear the rioters’ compound. Peace returned as 50,000 Muslim worshipers attended and the afternoon prayers ended without a hitch.
Ramadan is usually a time of great tension as tens of thousands of worshipers, including many West Bank Palestinians, attend services at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits on the Temple Mount premises. This place is the holiest place in Judaism and the mosque is the third holiest place in Islam.
The site is the epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the tensions there could easily turn snowballs into wider conflicts. Other terrorist groups based in Hamas and Gaza have repeatedly called the Flash Point site a red line. Last year, the measures of suppressing the riot was helped to promote the 11 day war in Gaza in May.
In addition to the holiday friction, Israeli troops have been conducting extensive raids on the West Bank for years following the eruption of terror in Israel.