Speaker: Is­raeli re­pres­sion can­not be tol­er­ated

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Is­rael must not use Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries’ en­gage­ment with in­ter­nal dis­putes as an ex­cuse to prac­tice re­pres­sion on the Pales­tini­ans, in­clud­ing its re­cent shut­down of Al-Aqsa Mosque to prayer-go­ers, Kuwait’s par­lia­ment chief said yes­ter­day.

“On­go­ing Zion­ist ac­tions, in­clud­ing the shut­ting of Al-Aqsa Mosque and con­tin­u­ing re­pres­sive prac­tices in Jerusalem and other oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries, is some­thing that can­not be tol­er­ated,” the law­maker said in a state­ment. Kuwait’s Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq AlGhanem sug­gested that Arab coun­tries have re­mained “silent” be­cause they have been oc­cu­pied with re­gional dis­putes.

How­ever, he un­der­lined that Pales­tine is an is­sue that is of “deep emo­tional and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance” to Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions world­wide. Is­rael’s ac­tions could cre­ate pub­lic opin­ions able to sway their gov­ern­ments into en­cour­ag­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sure on Tel Aviv, he warned.

Ghanem urged par­lia­ments of Mus­lim coun­tries and the free world to ad­dress Is­rael’s ac­tions, com­ment­ing that th­ese na­tions’ “pe­cu­liar si­lence” gives Is­rael full author­ity to do as it pleases with no re­gard to Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions or in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions.

Af­ter Is­rael’s war on Gaza, which in­cluded killings based on eth­nic­ity, and il­le­gal set­tle­ment ex­pan­sions, cou­pled with the forced evac­u­a­tion of Pales­tini­ans from their homes, come “un­prece­dented prac­tices tar­get­ing Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said. Is­rael on Fri­day shut the gates of one of Is­lam’s two most re­verted holy sites, Al-Aqsa Mosque, for the first time since 1969 - a move which has sparked wide­spread crit­i­cism and anger across Arab and Mus­lim coun­tries. —KUNA

Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem

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