JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the forced eviction of six Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in East Jerusalem.
“Indonesia equally condemns the use of force against Palestinian civilians at the Al-Aqsa mosque complex which has injured hundreds of people and hurt the feelings of Muslims,” said the Indonesian Foreign Ministry in the @Kemlu_RI Twitter handle on Sunday, May 9.
The ministry said that such forced eviction and the use of force are contrary to various United Nations Security Council resolutions, International Humanitarian Law, particularly the IV Geneva Convention of 1949, and have the potential to increase tension and instability in the region. Therefore, Indonesia urged the international community to take concrete steps to put a stop to the forced evictions of Palestinian and the use of force against them.
Reuters news agency reported that Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
At least 205 Palestinians and 17 officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam's third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear.
Tension has mounted in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with nightly clashes in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah - a neighborhood where numerous Palestinian families face eviction in a long-running legal case.
Calls for calm and restraint poured in on Friday from the United States and the United Nations, with others including the European Union and Jordan voicing alarm at the possible evictions.
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