The escalation of attacks and violence by Israel recently followed forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem to make way for new settlers. United Nations has described the illegal move as a possible war crime given that the occupying force is transferring its civilian population into an occupied territory.
To compound this, Israeli Occupation Forces fired tear gas, bombs and rubber coated bullets at worshippers during prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the last week of Ramadan for daring to protest in support of the Sheikh Jarrah home owners. More than a hundred civilians including women and children suffered serious injuries.
Multiple condemnation and retaliation by Palestinians and supporters have heightened tensions. Israel has not only ignored pleas to cease attacks but instead have now intensified use of their full military arsenal against civilians in Gaza as well. The Israeli army boasts the use of 160 fighter jets to fire 55 missiles on Gaza where the people are preparing to celebrate Eid.
As of today, at least 122 Palestinians have been killed in the violence this week, with 31 children and 20 women among the dead and at least 900 others have also been maimed in the attacks.
PGPF calls upon all leaders as well as NGOs in Malaysia and internationally to come in solidarity to support the Palestinians and demand cessation of hostilities by Israel.
It is imperative that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) especially their permanent UN Representatives members urge UN Security Council intervention and demand for previous resolutions to be implemented.
The UN General Assembly must live up to their responsibilities and address the crisis to avert Israel’s deliberate and continuous breach of international law and violation of human rights.
PGPF supports movements in solidarity with Palestine by using #FreePalestine ,#Bebaspalestin, #CriminaliseWar and #EnergisePeace
14th May 2021
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