June 20, 2021

UAE urges Israel to stop Jerusalem violence in rare rebuke

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday cautioned that any moves to change the notable personality of Jerusalem compromise harmony, and approached Israel to stop savagery following the most recent conflicts among Israelis and Palestinians around there.

The assertion was an uncommon reproach of Israel by the UAE, which has invited a huge number of Israeli vacationers and marked a huge number of arrangements to fortify reciprocal ties since the organization of President Donald Trump handled a notable and shock arrangement to standardize relations between the two nations approximately seven months prior. The UAE move laid the way for Bahrain and Sudan to likewise formalize attaches with Israel.

The UAE Foreign Ministry said in an explanation, carried on the Emirates’ state news organization, that it was worried over “demonstrations of savagery submitted by traditional radical gatherings in the involved East Jerusalem.” The service approached Israeli specialists to “accept accountability toward de-acceleration and stopping all animosities and practices that sustain pressure and aggression.”

The UAE cautioned it was necessary to preserve Jerusalem’s historical identity and maintain “maximum self-restraint to avoid the region slipping into new levels of instability in a way that threatens peace.”

The immediate spark for the unrest was Israel’s decision to barricade a plaza outside of Jerusalem’s Old City where Palestinian residents traditionally gather in the evenings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The move deepened Palestinian concerns about Israel’s control over east Jerusalem, which is home to sacred Jewish and Muslim sites.

Hundreds of young Palestinian took to the streets each evening to protest the barricades. Crowds hurled stones, firebombs and other objects at police, while officers used stun grenades and water cannons to disperse them.

The Israeli decision appeared to have been reversed late Sunday, when the barricades were suddenly removed. The violence had escalated to cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas group.

Also last week, a far-right Israeli group called Lehava staged a massive demonstration, with demonstrators chanting “Death to Arabs” and “Arabs Get Out,” just a few hundred meters (yards) from the Palestinian crowds.

Two other Mideast countries with longstanding diplomatic ties with Israel had earlier called on Israel to end the violence. Jordan, which acts as the custodian over Jerusalem’s Muslim holy sites, and Egypt urged Israel in a joint statement to “stop all attacks and provocative measures” in the city.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. The United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital under the Trump administration. Palestinians, however, claim east Jerusalem as the capital for a future Palestinian state.

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