Al-Azhar, the globally esteemed Islamic institution, strongly condemned the actions of the Israeli occupation, which include the tearing and burning of copies of the Holy Quran in southern Nablus. The statement also accused the Israeli forces of assaulting innocent Palestinians, plundering their property across several villages in the West Bank.
In an official statement, Al-Azhar asserted that “the ongoing crimes committed by this usurping entity, violating the rights of nations and territories under the eyes and ears of the international community, and the global inability to deter and expose its heinous crimes and bloody behavior, is a reprehensible collusion. It constitutes a grave crime against humanity and represents a blatant violation of international law and all norms and treaties that insist on the respect for religious sanctities and assure freedom of worship.”
Al-Azhar emphasized that it is time to take a serious and unified Arab and Islamic stance against this terrorist entity, which has committed – and continues to commit – the most heinous crimes against our Palestinian brethren. It highlighted the urgent need to take swift and binding measures to establish an independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital.
On the ground, two Palestinian youths were reported martyred in various parts of the West Bank, while a 5-year-old boy lost his eye due to Israeli gunfire. Additionally, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Nablus, and others set fire to agricultural crops in Hebron. The European Union has called on Israel to protect the Palestinians in response to these escalating incidents.
Yesterday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the martyrdom of two Palestinians, identified as Moussa Idris, 39, from Nablus, and Issac Al-Ajlouni, 17, from occupied Jerusalem. This news reinforces the ongoing tension and need for protective measures in the region.