RAMALLAH, Saturday, May 8, 2021 (WAFA) – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki said today that at the orders of President Mahmoud Abbas, the State of Palestine has requested urgent meetings of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that will be held later this week, in response to Israel’s escalation of violence in occupied Jerusalem.
He said Palestine will also be seeking an urgent meeting of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss Israel’s escalation of violence in Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan and its attempt to impose fait accompli on the ground.
"[We] are currently working to develop a political statement for discussion at those meetings for approval by the member states," said the Foreign Minister.
Al-Maliki said the purpose of those urgent meetings is to highlight the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, as well as against the Muslim and Christian holy sites in the city, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"These meetings are aimed at urgent interventions to stop these [Israeli] crimes, and to hold the occupying power, the apartheid state of Israel, responsible for what’s happening and what may happen later as a result of these racist, unacceptable and illegal acts," said al-Maliki.