Parties demand Arab states cut ties with Israel after Aqsa attack
Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers blocked by Israeli police in East Jerusalem - AFP/Ahmed Gharabli
By IMAN ALI and MOHAMED REDA

CAIRO: Amid growing rage and condemnations of the latest Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, Egyptian political parties called on Arab governments to cut relations with Israel.

The left-wing Nasserist political party Karama issued a release condemning the attacks and calling the Arab League to withdraw from the Arab Peace Initiative 2002 and cut ties with Israel. The Arab Peace Initiative aimed to normalize relations between the entire Arab region and Israel, through a complete Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, some of the Golan Heights, and the Gaza Strip.

The Popular Current called on the Palestinian Authority in Friday statements to stop negotiations in light of the continued Israeli aggression towards the Palestinian people.

The current called for an international investigation into a report recently issued by Amnesty International on Israeli army violence and killings against Palestinians. The current said that such violence such be labeled “war crimes.”

Amnesty International published a report Feb. 27 titled “Trigger-happy” that documents Israeli military violations against Palestinians. It documented the killings of 22 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank last year, “at least 14 of which were in the context of protests. Most were young adults under the age of 25. At least four were children.”

According to UN data, 45 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank between 2011 and 2013, including six children, the Guardian reported.

Al-Motamar Party also condemned the Feb. 25storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israeli radical organizations.

The party called on Arab governments and the Arab League in a Saturday statement to halt such “attacks,” withdraw the peace initiative, and cease ties with Israel.

The party added that it would submit an urgent collective complaint to the Security Council to impose international penalties on Israel and force it to halt its “aggression.”

Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowment condemned on Thursday the Israeli plans to “Judaize” Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling on all Arab and Islamic diplomatic authorities, the UN Security Council, and all international organizations to immediately interfere with these plans.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, is legally under Jordanian custodianship, but lies in east Jerusalem’s Old City, annexed by Israel in 1967, an in a move recognized as illegal by the United Nations.

The Jordanian parliament voted unanimously to expel Israel’s ambassador in Amman after Israeli legislators held an unprecedented debate on Feb. 25 over a proposal to enforce Israeli sovereignty over one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites and allow Jewish prayer there, the Independent reported.

Originally published in Youm7.

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