The Palestinian presidency criticizes the US administration’s silence on Israeli abuses
Angered by Bin Ghafir’s decision to extend the period of storming Al-Aqsa during Ramadan
Tuesday – 6 Ramadan 1444 AH – March 28, 2023 AD
Palestinians inspect a burning car following a settler attack on the town of Hawara on Tuesday in the West Bank (AFP)
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The spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, criticized the silence of the US administration towards the Israeli policies “seeking to raise tension, escalation and confrontation,” calling on it to intervene if it wanted to maintain calm.
Abu Rudeina accused Israel of deliberately provoking the Palestinians during the month of Ramadan, by intensifying settler incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque, and escalating their crimes in the West Bank under the protection of the army. He said that the continuation of the occupation in taking such escalatory steps, during the month of Ramadan, is a blatant challenge and provocation, and an act that is condemned and rejected. The presidential spokesman blamed the occupation government for the repercussions of these policies seeking to raise tension, escalation and confrontation, “which requires intervention from regional and international powers seeking to maintain calm and stability and prevent escalation, especially the US administration.”
Abu Rudeineh believed that as a result of the silence of the US administration, Israel continues its dangerous policies, warning of the regional and international repercussions of this policy. Abu Rudeina’s statements came after settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, on Tuesday, while they were protected by the Israeli police forces.
For its part, the Islamic Endowments Department said that the settlers who stormed Al-Aqsa, accompanied by extremist former Knesset member Ehuda Glick, carried out provocative tours, performed Talmudic rituals in its courtyards, and listened to an explanation about the alleged structure.
The Israeli police preempted the arrival of settlers to Al-Aqsa, and sent reinforced elements and special units in the Al-Aqsa courtyards and at its gates, to secure the incursions, while restricting, to a large extent, the entry of worshipers. There is great tension in Al-Aqsa Mosque since the police stormed it, two days ago, and prevented the worshipers from performing I’tikaf in it.
The Palestinians fear that the storming of the mosque will continue and intensify with the refusal of the extremist Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, to take special measures regarding Al-Aqsa during Ramadan. The settlers were allowed to storm Al-Aqsa for a longer period during the month of Ramadan, and it is planned to allow them to storm the mosque even in the last ten days of the month, a measure that former officials avoided in the past years, for fear of exploding the situation.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the extension of the hours of settlers’ storming of the mosque, under the directives of the fascist minister Ben Gvir, and considered it an attempt to perpetuate the temporal division of Al-Aqsa on the way to dividing it spatially. The ministry said in a statement: “It considers this colonial, Judaizing and racist decision very seriously, as a dangerous escalation in the situation on the conflict arena.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned of any facilities given by Ben Gvir to the intruders and their repercussions in the month of Ramadan. She said that the Israeli government seeks to satisfy its extremist supporters and “resolve its crises at the expense of the rights of our people,” foremost of which is introducing radical changes to the status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, which requires practical and decisive American intervention, forcing the Israeli government to stop all its unilateral and illegal measures. Before it’s too late.