The clashes between the Israel Police and Muslim worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as Temple Mount, a holy site for the Jews, have sparked criticism from various Gulf countries, including Jordan and Qatar. The oil-rich nations condemned the Israeli law authorities for using force in opposition to Palestinians.
The incident occurred on Sunday during the sacred festivals of both Muslims and the Jews. While for the Muslims, it was the start of Eid al-Adha, to honour the end of sacred hajj pilgrimage, for Jews it was the fast day of Tisha B’Av, wherein Jews mourn the destruction of their temples and other Jewish disasters.
As per the Israel police, who had restricted the entry of Jews on Sunday at the holy site, tens of thousands of Muslims came together to pray at Temple Mount but later shifted to another entrance from where the Jews usually enter and started throwing stones at the police. After the Palestinians protested outside the entrance to enter the mosque, the police allowed some Jews.
The footage at the site shows Israeli forces resorting to tear gas and other riot-control weapons against the Palestinians. According to the reports, around 61 Muslim worshippers were injured during the clash amongst which 15 were taken to the hospitals and four Israeli officers also received minor injuries in the clash.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman said, “We hold the Israeli government responsible for storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque and acting aggressively against worshipers, a major provocation against Muslims’ feelings that is inflaming the situation and increasing tension.”
Various Gulf countries came out in support of the Palestinians, denouncing the move of the Israeli government.
Jordan’s Foreign Ministry slammed the clashes at Temple Mount on Sunday, calling it to be “blunt Israeli violations on the Temple Mount as Palestinians mark the first day of Eid al-Adha.”
“Jordan harshly rejects Israel’s conduct, which only inflames rage and frustration and its provocations of [Muslim] worshipers on the first day of the Feast of the Sacrifice,” the ministry added.
Qatar also condemned the attack and called for international intervention to halt “Israeli aggressions” at the Temple Mount. Previously too, Qatar had criticised an Israeli attack on worshippers at the mosque, saying the State of Qatar expressed its condemnation in the strongest terms of the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, by hundreds of Israeli settlers in the early hours of the day, and the injury of a number of worshipers caused by the Israeli occupation forces aggression against them.”
Saudi foreign ministry, criticising the attacks, urged the “international community to protect the Palestinian people from various Israeli aggressive practices that provoke the feelings of Muslims and violate the rights of the Palestinian brethren”.
With immense criticism and pressure being build on Israel, let’s hope a thorough investigation is conducted and justice is served to the humans who were deprived of their basic human rights of worshipping their religion.