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Palestine FM: Israel decision to allow ‘flag march’ provocative, aggressive

Israeli settlers enter the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the occupied al-Quds, on July 18, 2021.(Photo by AFP)

he Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has strongly condemned an upcoming parade by far-right Israeli settlers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East al-Quds.

In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry said it considered the Israeli decision as provocative, aggressive, and an integral part of the open war against al-Quds, its citizens, and its sanctities.

This came after the Israeli right-wing groups and organizers of the so-called March of the Flags reached an agreement with the Israeli public security minister Omer Bar-Lev to let the show roll in the occupied holy city on May 29.

The decision threatens to drag the conflict towards more explosion, the statement said. 

The ministry said the decision would result in violations, provocations, crimes, and deliberate sabotage of efforts to calm the situation across the occupied territories.

"This decision proves once again that the occupying power has chosen to escalate its aggression against our people and resorts to violence as an alternative to calm and political solutions to the conflict," it added.

The ministry described Israel's attitude as the worst forms of racism, hatred, and hostility to peace.

It also called on the international community to quickly intervene to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

Elsewhere, the ministry demanded that the US administration, the main backer of the Israeli regime, stop its double standards and renounce unconditional support for Tel Aviv.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers regularly storm the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East al-Quds under the protection of the regime’s forces.

There has been recently a sheer escalation of atrocities by the Israeli regime against Palestinian worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the holy occupied city of al-Quds. Outraged by the barbarity, Palestinian resistance groups have intensified their operations throughout the occupied territories.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has already warned that a far-right Israeli group’s call to demolish the Dome of the Rock in the occupied Old City of al-Quds and build a temple on its ruins is “playing with fire” that would backfire on the occupying regime.

More than 150,000 Palestinians thronged al-Aqsa Mosque to attend prayers on the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, known as Quds Day, amid heightened tensions over Israeli raids.

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