Arabs express solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem
Israeli police have injured dozens of Palestinians in Jerusalem over the past days, after protests erupted after a far-right Israeli mob harassed locals and chanted "death to Arabs" last week.
Protests in solidarity with Palestinians took place in Lebanon and Jordan over the weekend.
In Kuwait, 14 Kuwaiti professional bodies and unions issued a statement of support and solidarity with Jerusalemites, whom they brand as "defenders of Al-Aqsa mosque", the third holiest site in Islam.
"The occupation measures come in the context of a scheme to prevent Palestinian gatherings in Jerusalem, to strengthen Israeli hegemony over Jerusalem, and to seek to perpetuate the violations and practices launched by the occupation to incite extremist settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan," the statement said.
They affirmed that "Jerusalem was and will remain Arab and Islamic, and our duty is to maintain this fact".
Jordanians organised vigils across the kingdom, including sit-in protests in Amman, Maan, Tafileh, Aqaba, Mafraq, Irbid, and other cities.
Protesters called for cutting ties with Israel and the closure of the Israeli embassy in Amman.
In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees orchestrated a protest after evening prayers on Saturday. Dozens took to the streets of the northern Lebanese Beddawi camp, chanting "to Jerusalem we are going, we are martyrs by the millions".
Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri said the events in Jerusalem represent "a sacred invitation for us in Lebanon and the area of the nation and its peoples, to awaken awareness about the importance of solidifying national unity and giving up political tampering".
Statements in solidarity
The Lebanon Writers Union on Sunday released a statement condemning Israeli violence in Jerusalem.
"The rising uprising confirms once again that brute force cannot defeat the will of freedom among the people of Jerusalem," the statement said.
"This uprising is likely to turn into an uprising that pervades all the occupied Arab lands and comes in light of deep-impact and far-reaching international transformations," they added.
East Jerusalem and the West Bank have been illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. Israeli authorities annexed East Jerusalem, sending hundreds of thousands of settlers to live there, in contravention of international law and evicting Palestinians from their homes.
Israel routinely curbs access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque but has increased restrictions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparking tensions with Palestinians.