Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont unbiased and outstanding progressive, raised alarms, as did different progressive lawmakers, as Israeli safety forces cracked down on Muslim Palestinians performing Ramadan prayers in East Jerusalem—amid tensions surrounding Israeli settlers working to evict Palestinians from their houses.
Israeli police stated that greater than 200 Palestinians and 17 cops had been injured in clashes on Friday, after authorities cracked down whereas Palestinians worshippers gathered for prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem throughout Ramadan, the holiest month of the 12 months for Muslims, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Many of the worshippers stayed on after prayers to protest in assist of Palestinians at the moment dealing with evictions by the hands of Israeli settlers.
“The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward,” Sanders tweeted on Saturday.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, shared an identical submit on Saturday.
“The forced removal of long-time Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah is abhorrent and unacceptable. The Administration should make clear to the Israeli government that these evictions are illegal and must stop immediately,” the progressive senator wrote.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, stated “we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents” dealing with eviction.
“Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence. It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan shared their considerations as properly, slamming the response from Israeli police and settlers. Tlaib was the primary Palestinian-American lady elected to Congress again in 2018, whereas she and Omar had been additionally the primary two Muslim ladies elected to the decrease chamber.
“There is no reason, none, to attack people while they are praying or seeking medical attention—other than to dehumanize and terrorize them,” Tlaib tweeted on Saturday, sharing a video reportedly displaying Israeli forces firing stun grenades right into a medical facility.
“This is happening as Muslims pray tarawih & tahajud in Palestine. Families who pray all night during Ramadan, the mosque is like home. Palestinians deserve to find refuge in a mosque and peace in Ramadan,” Omar wrote. “Where is the media coverage?”
Omar retweeted a clip of what seemed to be tear gasoline being fired into Al-Aqsa.
In response to a request for remark, the State Department emailed Newsweek a press release from spokesperson Ned Price.
“The United States is extremely concerned about ongoing confrontations in Jerusalem, including on the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah, which have reportedly resulted in scores of injured people,” Price stated.
“There is no excuse for violence, but such bloodshed is especially disturbing now, coming as it does on the last days of Ramadan. This includes Friday’s attack on Israeli soldiers and reciprocal ‘price tag’ attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, which we condemn in no uncertain terms,” he added.
The official urged the Israelis and Palestinians to “deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence.”
Newsweek reached out to Israel’s Foreign Ministry for remark, however didn’t instantly obtain a response.
Israel has dismissed the potential evictions of the six Palestinian households as an actual property dispute. The Middle Eastern nation’s Supreme Court is ready to rule on Monday over whether or not or not the Israeli settlers can pressure the eviction of the households who’ve been longtime residents of Sheikh Jarrah, based on The New York Times.
Meanwhile, Haaretz reported Saturday that tens of 1000’s of Palestinians once more gathered by Al-Aqsa as clashes continued.
In a late April report, Human Rights Watch slammed the Israeli authorities over its remedy of Palestinians. The report alleged that a number of the mistreatment of the Palestinians by the hands of Israelis quantities “to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”
In response to the report, President Joe Biden‘s Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated that the U.S. has not labeled the state of affairs the identical manner. “As to the question of whether Israel’s actions constitute apartheid, that is not the view of this administration,” Psaki stated on April 27.