Rashida Tlaib denounces the “evil and cruel” storming of the Al Aqsa mosque by the Israeli police

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) denounced the violent storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque by Israeli police during the holy month of Ramadan, calling the actions “evil” and “cruel”.

Early Friday, as thousands of worshipers gathered at the holy site for morning prayers, Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades at the mosque compound and entered the building and arrested hundreds of Palestiniansreported the Associated Press.

Israeli authorities said Palestinian youths threw stones at a gate leading to the Western Wall, a sacred Jewish prayer space. Palestinian witnesses told the media that a small group threw stones at Israeli police who then attacked the compound.

Palestinian Red Crescent Society doctors said more than 150 Palestinians were injured, reports Al Jazeera. The Israeli authorities have declared more than 300 people were arrested.

“That’s just wrong + cruel to attack a people in their sacred place of worshipsaid Tlaib, who is Palestinian, in a tweet later Friday. “I am tired of our country allowing violence and violations of international human rights with silence and unconditional help.”

Almost a year ago, Israeli forces mounted a similar attack on Al Aqsa worshipers during Ramadan. This sparked a deadly 11-day conflict in which Hamas launched rockets into Israel, killing 12 people, and Israel launched airstrikes in Gaza, killing more than 240 Palestinians.

Police said the mosque was reopened in time for Friday noon prayers, according to the AP. Thousands of additional worshipers were expected. It’s the start of a holy week in Jerusalem, with Ramadan for Muslims coinciding with the start of Passover for Jews and the next Easter for Christians.

Tlaib’s tweet specifically denounced US “unconditional aid” to Israeli forces. Last year, just days after the deadly conflict, Biden approved more than $700 million in arms sales to Israel.


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