Qatar denounces ‘systematic discrimination and illegal occupation of the Palestinian people’ by Israel – Doha News

At least eight Palestinians have been killed since the start of Ramadan.

Qatar on Tuesday strongly condemned Israeli attacks on defenseless Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“Qatar re-emphasizes the sanctity of all holy sites in Jerusalem and condemns the storming of Al Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers and Israeli police attacks on Palestinians in and around places of worship” , the Gulf state said. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The ministry added that the attacks carried out by the Zionist state “are an extension of Israel’s ongoing systematic discrimination and unlawful occupation of the Palestinian people.”

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs underscores the need for the international community to unite in urgent condemnation and call for an end to Israel’s continued violations of Palestinian rights,” MOFA said.

Attacks by the apartheid state have intensified since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, killing and detaining Palestinians in Jenin, Jericho, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

Israeli forces and mobs of settlers, with the support of the Zionist state, stormed the homes of Palestinians while disrupting Muslim prayers in mosques.

Crowds of Israeli settlers are also threatening to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque to slaughter sacrifices for the Jewish holiday of Passover with the support of the occupying forces.

Social media users in Qatar express outrage over Israel’s latest killings of Palestinians

Qatar renewed its support for the Palestinians and their rights to independence as well as sovereignty based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Gulf state has repeatedly ruled out normalization with Israel as long as it continues its illegal occupation of Palestine. Qatar continues to engage in the Arab Peace Initiative, which was adopted in 2002 by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The initiative stipulates that member countries will refrain from normalizing with Israel until it fully withdraws from the lands occupied in 1967.

Increase in attacks

Israel, which claims to be the only democracy in the Middle East, has intensified its repression and killings of Palestinians, including children.

The Israeli police claimed that a man from Jenin, Raad Hazem, 28, had allegedly killed three Israelis and injured more than a dozen others in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Occupation forces also tried to arrest Hazem’s father and threatened to demolish his house. Israeli forces have since carried out raids with the full support of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

At least eight Palestinians have been killed since the start of Ramadan, including 17-year-old Moahmmad Zakarneh.

According to the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA), Assaf was among ten people shot dead in the raid while a citizen was burned by a gas bomb. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) also ran over a Palestinian with their military vehicle.

On TuesdayIsraeli forces shot dead a 41-year-old Palestinian worker, Abdullah Srour, in Asqalan.

Palestinian paramedics struggle to treat injuries sustained during attacks and emergencies as they are often stopped by Israeli forces.

In a separate incident on TuesdayIsraeli settlers assaulted Palestinian paramedics trying to help people injured in a traffic accident in Ramallah.
WAFA also reported that 17 Palestinians were detained separately on the same day in the West Bank, after detaining 23 others on Monday.
Palestinian prisoners’ rights groups said that in March alone, Zionist forces detained 539 Palestiniansincluding 62 minors, and issued 195 administrative detention orders against Palestinians.

There are currently 4,450 Palestinians detained by Israel, suffering physical and mental abuse.

The Palestinian rights group Al-Haq called for the intervention of the international community to stop the escalation of violence led by the apartheid state.

“It is likely that if the situation continues to worsen as it is now, there will be more Palestinians killed and injured by IDF and settler attacks in the coming days,” Al-Haq warned.

The rights group added that “failure to take immediate and direct action” will contribute to escalating the occupying power’s systematic attacks.

“Words of condemnation are not enough. Israel’s long-established illegal policies and oppressive regime will not end until the international community takes concrete action against it,” he said.


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Michael A. Bynum