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Israel al-Aqsa violations 

The chorus of worldwide condemnation is growing over an Israeli minister’s provocative storming of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The United Arab Emirates and China calling for a UN Security Council meeting. The Council is expected to convene on Thursday. Germany has also urged the Israeli regime to stop deliberate provocations. It has rejected unilateral steps that endanger the status quo on the compound in al-Quds. Several countries, including Iran, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, have already joined the Palestinians in denouncing the intrusion by Itamar Ben-Gvir. The Palestinian leadership calls it a dangerous escalation and part of Israeli efforts to turn the shrine into a Jewish temple. The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, regards the move as crossing a red line. Even some within the Israeli regime, including opposition leader and former prime minister Yair Lapid, have warned that such moves could lead to more violence. 

Iran leader remarks

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has described the West’s capitalist system as a patriarchal one, in which, he says the capital is more valuable than humanity. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameni says the West considers humanity as capital and therefore those who invest more are more valuable. He called that system male-oriented, where women’s rights are often being ignored. Referring to women’s working conditions in those countries, the Leader said currently they receive lower wages than their male counterparts that indicates their exploitation. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with a group of prominent Iranian women. The meeting was held on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. The day is designated as national women’s and mother’s day in Iran.

US house deadlock

Republican lawmakers at the lower house of US congress are trying to resolve an impasse over choosing a new leader. The chamber has been thrown into chaos, with the Republican Party’s favorite candidate failing to win the support of hardline members. In the last ballot, California lawmaker Kevin McCarthy fell short of crossing the threshold of 218 votes to become speaker. That is mainly because far-right republicans argue that McCarthy is not loyal enough to former US president Donald Trump who is running for the upcoming presidential election. The lower chamber of the bicameral parliament will convene later on Wednesday for further voting. Republicans flipped the House in their favor with a narrow majority after the 2022 midterm elections. 

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