The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) censured the recent attacks by Israeli military forces and settlers against the Palestinian residents of the occupied East Al-Quds neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
In a statement released on Monday, the 57-member body said Israel’s policy of Judaization of East Al-Quds, its settlement expansion, and the forced displacement of Palestinian families stand in flagrant violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions, presstv reported.
The OIC urged the international community to intervene for the good of the Palestinians.
A controversial far-right Jewish lawmaker opened a parliamentary office in the neighborhood in what was described as an effort to exacerbate the situation in the district. Scuffles broke out on Sunday as Itamar Ben Gvir of the Religious Zionism alliance opened the office in Sheikh Jarrah.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned Ben Gvir’s step as a “provocative and escalating move that threatens to ignite violence”.
The ministry said the failure of the international community and the UN Security Council to take necessary measures to compel Israel to stop its occupation of Al-Quds encourages the occupying power to forge ahead with its colonial Judaization projects in the Holy City.
Earlier, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas issued a strongly-worded message of warning to the Israeli regime and settlers after the latter renewed assaults on Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.
Sheikh Jarrah has been the scene of frequent crackdowns by the Israeli police on the Palestinians protesting against the threatened expulsion of dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in favor of Israeli settler groups.
Since Israel seized East Al-Quds in a 1967 war, Israeli settler organizations have claimed ownership of land in Sheikh Jarrah and have filed multiple lawsuits to evict Palestinians from the area. Much of the international community considers the Israeli settlement structures illegal under the international law due to their construction on occupied territory.
Hamas warned that Israel’s never-ending aggression and the crimes committed by settlers against the Palestinian people will not go unpunished.
In a statement released on Monday, Ezzat Al-Resheq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said demolishing houses, forcing people from homes, and killing young men will not go unanswered. He described Israel’s systematic demolition of Palestinian homes as a crime against humanity.
The Hamas official said the current Israeli policy would never make the Tel Aviv regime secure, rather it would galvanize the Palestinian people’s resistance.
Elsewhere in the statement, Resheq saluted the brave Palestinian youth for standing up against the Israeli aggression across the occupied territories.
Palestinian rights groups and activists have warned that Israel’s behavior in the occupied West Bank could lead to a new Intifada (uprising).
Tel Aviv is under fire for its extensive use of lethal force and extrajudicial killing of Palestinians. Incidents of sabotage and violence by settlers against Palestinians and their property have become a daily occurrence throughout the occupied territories, particularly in the West Bank. But Israeli authorities rarely prosecute settlers.
Separately, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails declared Monday as a ‘Day of Rage’ in protest against a series of new Israeli punitive measures. The protest action includes a one-day hunger strike.
Meanwhile, the sick prisoners at Israel’s notorious Megiddo Prison decided to stop taking medicines in protest against their detention without a charge or trial.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) keeps Palestinian prisoners under deplorable conditions lacking proper hygienic standards in Israeli jails.
Palestinian detainees imprisoned under Israel’s so-called policy of administrative detention continued their boycott of the Israeli military courts for the 45th consecutive day on Monday.
The boycott includes the initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at Israel’s ‘Supreme Court’. At least 500 Palestinian prisoners have so far registered their protest against the controversial policy by refusing to show up for their military court hearings since the beginning of the year.
There are reportedly more than 7,000 Palestinians held at Israeli jails. Hundreds of the inmates have been apparently incarcerated under the practice of administrative detention. Rights groups describe Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and have long called on the regime to bring its use to an end.
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– Thousands of people took to the streets in Yemen’s Northwestern city of Sa’ada and elsewhere on Friday to condemn the Saudi-led coalition’s military aggression and brutal siege on the Arab country.
Marking the ‘National Day of Cry in the Face of Aggressors’, demonstrators took part in a massive rally in Sa’ada to reaffirm their resolve to continue their spirited resistance until the logical end, presstv reported.
The participants waved Yemen’s national flag and chanted vociferous slogans such as “Death to America”, “Death to House of Saud”, and “Death to Israel” while expressing rage and indignation over the Saudi-led coalition’s continued atrocities and crimes in Yemen.
“The slogan ‘Cry in the Face of Aggressors’ shattered the lengthy silence on domestic issues and exposed the conspiracies of enemies. It had an instrumental role in preserving the religious identity of Yemen,” the protesters said in a joint communiqué.
“The Yemeni nation must carry out its duties and mobilize forces en masse against enemies. We urge freedom-loving people in the Saudi-occupied Yemeni territories to stand up against coalition forces and their mercenaries, and expel them from their local communities,” they added.
The statement warned the foreign military coalition against persisting with its aggression, and emphasized that Yemen will “remain a free and independent country”.
“We warn of the danger of normalization with the Zionist enemy, and reiterate our full preparedness to side with the axis of resistance in the fight against the oppression of the Palestinian nation,” it further noted.
Elsewhere in the capital city of Sana’a, people carried Yemeni flags as well as pictures of former and current Ansarullah leaders, Hussein Badreddin Al-Houthi and Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi.
They chanted slogans against Saudi crimes in the country, and reaffirmed resolve to continue their determined resistance.
The development came as the United Nations announced that the truce between the warring Yemeni sides had been extended for two more months.
The initial two-month truce started at the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on April 2 and was set to expire on Thursday.
“I would like to announce that the parties to the conflict have agreed to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the current truce in Yemen for two additional months,” UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said.
Grundberg added that the truce extension would come into effect “when the current truce period expires, today June 2, 2022, at 19:00 Yemen time (1600 GMT)”.
“The announcement of the truce extension today shows a serious commitment from all parties to end the senseless suffering of millions of Yemenis,” the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Yemen Country Director, Erin Hutchinson, said in a statement after the announcement.
“The last two months have shown that peaceful solutions to the conflict are a real option,” he added.
Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.
The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.
While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.