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Muslim scholars call for protests in support of 'oppressed' Palestinians

Israeli police intervene in Palestinians, who were standing guard to prevent fanatic Jews to raid the Masjid al-Aqsa Compound, in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli police intervene in Palestinians, who were standing guard to prevent fanatic Jews to raid the Masjid al-Aqsa Compound, in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called on Muslims around the world to hold peaceful anti-Israel protests in support of their "oppressed Palestinian brothers" who have been enduring days of Israeli aggression in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah and Al Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli police take Palestinian youths, who were standing guard to prevent fanatic Jews to raid the Masjid al-Aqsa Compound, into custody in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Muath Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli police take Palestinian youths, who were standing guard to prevent fanatic Jews to raid the Masjid al-Aqsa Compound, into custody in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Muath Khatib/Anadolu Agency]

In a statement posted on Facebook, the IUMS urged the Muslim ummah and humanity at large to support Palestinians amid Israel's ongoing assault on them in Jerusalem, especially in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, and its threats to forcibly expel them from their homes.

Protests in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood have taken place across the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Israeli occupation police violently cracked down on the protesters, wounding around 300 Palestinians over the past three days, including 205 on Friday alone.

The statement also hailed Palestinians in Jerusalem for being "persistent in the face of repeated Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque and the people of Sheikh Jarrah."

READ: 100 Palestinians injured after Israel fired at worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

IUMS Secretary-General Ali Qaradaghi encouraged the Muslim world to support the Palestinian cause materially and morally, considering such support a religious duty and necessity.

The union urged Muslim and Arab governments "to take practical steps to prevent the crimes of the [Israeli] occupiers and their attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque."

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