Press TV, Rome
Italians have slammed Israel’s continued pursuit of repressive, violent practices against Palestinians following the killing of several Muslims, including a teenage boy, by Israeli security forces at the al-Aqsa Mosque, a major holy site in al-Quds, last week.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been running high over the past weeks, with Israeli forces carrying out numerous raids in the West Bank and killing a number of Palestinians.
The latest round of violence by Israel, on Monday, saw its soldiers forcing their way into the al-Aqsa Mosque and removing worshipers from its courtyards in order to allow settlers to exclusively mark the Passover holiday in the compound.
Last year, during Ramadan, similar violence broke out sparking the biggest conflict in years between Palestinian resistance movements and Israel, an 11-day war, which ended only after intervention by international mediators.
The violence against Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the occupied old city of al-Quds came at a particularly sensitive time. Ramadan this year coincided with the Christian holy week, which ended on Monday, the second day of Eastertide. Catholic faithful have strongly condemned the latest killing of Palestinians by Israeli security forces.
The last meeting between Italian and Palestinian authorities took place in December, when Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Maliki met his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on the sidelines of the seventh edition of the Rome Med Dialogues conference.
Other than reiterating Italy’s traditional support for the Palestinian Authority, Di Maio reaffirmed Italy’s commitment to a just, sustainable, and negotiated two-state solution between Palestine and Israel, as the key to stability and prosperity in the enlarged Mediterranean.