The decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict has flared up yet again with rockets being launched from both sides on May 12. According to the latest figures, dozens of Palestinians — including several children and women — have been killed in airstrikes.
As per reports of the Times of Gaza, the more tragic news of an attack on a Palestinian Mosque in the city of Al-Lid is coming in after several residential buildings have already been destroyed by Israeli rockets. The exchange of rockets began somewhere in the early hours of May 12 and continues as yet.
Palestinian mosque in the city of Al-Lid under attack. pic.twitter.com/89HK9DuUxd
— TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) May 12, 2021
Jewish Israelis attacked the Al-Nour Mosque in the Palestinian-majority city of Lod. The Israeli government declared a state of emergency in Lod amidst a violent civil war.#GazaUnderAttack #Hamas #IsraeliTerrorism #IsraelTerrorist #WeStandWithPalestine #WeStandWithGaza pic.twitter.com/CjdEjCEBor
— Wajahat Kazmi 🇵🇰 (@KazmiWajahat) May 12, 2021
In the latest series of attacks by Israelis against Palestinians, a violent mob of Israeli youth vandalized an ice cream shop owned by a Palestinian in a town near Tel Aviv. Several other businesses and shops owned by Palestinians have been attacked as well.
Al-Shoroq tower in Gaza being bombed by Israeli warplanes! pic.twitter.com/iIukrQwEPz
— Muhammad Smiry 🇵🇸 (@MuhammadSmiry) May 12, 2021
The Israeli military, prepared for the latest cross-border fighting with Palestinian groups in Gaza, designated a code name for its operation ‘Guardians of the Walls’, a reference to the ancient ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian groups had their own code name for their campaign: ‘Sword of Jerusalem’.
Israeli strikes on Gaza have killed at least 53 Palestinians, including 14 children, and wounded more than 300 people in Gaza by Wednesday afternoon, according to Palestinian health officials.
The escalation followed clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinians at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem when an attack by the Israeli police on the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem left hundreds of Palestinians and a score of police officers wounded. The police raided at a time when Muslims inside Al Aqsa Mosque were performing Taraweeh Prayers – special prayers that are offered after breaking the fast in the holy month of Ramadan.
Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets and stun grenades towards Palestinians at Al-Aqsa as anger grows over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. As many as 205 Palestinians and 17 officers were injured in that clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around East Jerusalem.
Here’s another video showing Israeli mobsters (illegal settlers) along with the army are attacking Palestinians in their houses in Akka city in occupied Palestine.
Israeli mobsters along with the "most moral army" are attacking Palestinians in their houses in Akka city in the occupied Palestine. pic.twitter.com/H8JcQmAicn
— TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) May 12, 2021
Cricketers from around the world have expressed support and solidarity with the people of Palestine. Several members of the Pakistan cricket team posted messages on the micro-blogging site with prayers for the Palestinian people, imploring the world to “stand up for humanity”.
Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, and Shadab Khan were also among those who expressed solidarity with Palestine. Afgan cricketers also joined their hands in support of Palestinians and shared heartfelt posts in support of Palestinians.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan called it “no crime more heinous than the killing of a child”. Hashim Amla, in an Instagram post, drew comparisons to Nelson Mandela’s struggle against apartheid, reminding people of Mandela’s relentless support for the people of Palestine throughout his life. Mandela had said South Africa’s struggle was “incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the Israeli attacks and called on the international community to take immediate action to protect Palestinians and their rights.
Strongly condemn Israeli Forces' attack esp during Ramazan on Palestinians in Qibla-e-Awaal, Al-Aqsa Mosque, violating all norms of humanity & int law. We reiterate support for Palestinian ppl. Int community must take immed action to protect Palestinians & their legitimate rights
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 9, 2021
Another tweet of PM Imran Khan featured a picture of renowned historian Noam Chomsky next to a quote which read: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.”
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 12, 2021
Pakistan’s stance on Palestine Issue is clear as the country reiterates so many times that she will not and cannot establish a relationship (bilateral or diplomatic) with Israel until a concrete and permanent solution to the Palestine issue is found.
Pakistan supports the two-state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict in line with the aspirations of UNO as well as international law. “According to this solution, the borders will be in accordance with the conditions before 1967 and Al-Quds Al-Sharif will be the capital of Palestine.