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Calls for international support for Palestinians in Jerusalem

Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians as they gather around the Damascus Gate after performing Tarawih prayer in Al-Aqsa Compound, in Eastern Jerusalem on April 15, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians as they gather around the Damascus Gate after performing Tarawih prayer in Al-Aqsa Compound, in Eastern Jerusalem on April 15, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB) yesterday said it "strongly opposes the actions of the Israeli occupation authorities" and their efforts to form a new status quo in occupied East Jerusalem.

In a statement, the PFB said it "continues to follow with great concern the repeated provocations by Israel's occupation authorities against Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem."

"Such provocations are part of wider attempts to form a new status quo on the neighbourhoods, streets and squares of the Old City, while in the process encouraging incursions from some of the most extreme right-wing Zionist organisations into the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."

It added that it "strongly opposes the actions" and warned that "state-violence against Palestinians will continue to increase as we approach the 28th of Ramadan this year, which coincides with what is known to Zionists as 'the Hebrew Jerusalem Day'."

The Forum called on supporters of freedom and justice in Britain to organise solidarity events in support of Palestinians in Jerusalem, saying "we must collectively stand side-by-side with the victims of the attacks in Jerusalem, which have resulted in hundreds of injuries and numerous arrests".

READ: The Palestinian Forum in Britain stands in solidarity with residents of Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem

Media organisations and institutions that are trying to distort the image of Palestinians should also be boycotted, it added.

"As Palestinians, we feel untold pride in the heroism of the defenceless young men of Jerusalem who have risen against the attacks being directed towards them, and who have proven that they are loyal guardians of the city and its sanctities. They have signalled clearly that Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa are red lines," it concluded.

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