Tensions have immensly grown in Palestine and its surrounding settlements as protesters protest against Israeli crimes in Gaza. Regardless of the fact that these protests were peacefill, Israeli defence forces attacked Muslims praying on the night of Layla’tul’Qadr, near Al-Aqsa mosque. Within a few minutes of the attack, violence erupted.
Al-Jazeera says that during the past few days, the Israeli border guards have used skunk water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades to disperse sit-ins held in support of the families facing eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.
Where is Al-Aqsa and What Importance Does it Hold in Islam?
Al Aqsa is one of third holiest sites in Islam located in old cities of Jerusalem. It is a huge land called Al-Aqsa, that comprises of multiple entrances to the Al-Aqsa mosque where many muslims pray.
Below subhi.taha explains in detail 6 facts about the attack that took place near Al-Aqsa Mosque:
The clips of the attack are making rounds on social media, celebrities across the world are speaking out on the matter:
Feroze Khan took it to his Twitter and tweeted a hashtag #Israeliattackonalaqsa
— Feroze Khan (@ferozekhaan) May 8, 2021
Pakistan singer, Asim Azhar also took to Twitter to express how he feels about what is currently happening in Al-Aqsa: “I am sickened & disgusted. How can you attack a place of a worship & attack defenceless worshippers? And yet again, the world will stay silent on Israel’s continuous oppression on Palestine. Ya Allah reham! #IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa #PalestiniansLivesMatter”
I am sickened & disgusted. How can you attack a place of a worship & attack defenceless worshippers? And yet again, the world will stay silent on Israel’s continuous oppression on Palestine. Ya Allah reham! #IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa #PalestiniansLivesMatter
— Asim Azhar (@AsimAzharr) May 8, 2021
This time, Farhan Saeed also took it to the micro-blogging site. He said: “The world’s deafening silence is criminal! How can the international community sit back and watch this happen? This IS terrorism!! – #IsraeliAttackonAlAqsa”
The world's deafening silence is criminal! How can the international community sit back and watch this happen?
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) May 8, 2021
Hamza Ali Abbasi’s wife, Naimal Khawar Khan also took it to social media to condemn the act. She said: “Imagine this happening to you! To your brother, husband, mother, to your children! How would you feel?” she questioned. “Please share as much as you can. Palestine needs us to speak up right now!”
Super models, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid’s father is Palestinian, so naturally they felt grief towards the people attacked in the violent act. Bella said she couldn’t believe the hate in the heart of people against Palestinians, saying “Palestine cannot be erased”.
“My sisters and I, we speak in a family group chat every day. Mostly about Palestine and all that goes on. It is so hard to put into words how I feel,” she added.
“I feel the pain of my ancestors. I cry for them. I cry for my Palestinian brothers and sisters, there now, feeling unsafe and scared. This needs to stop, there is no room for this in 2021! My sister Alana wrote perfectly how I feel today. We are proud to be Palestinian and we stand with Palestine,” Hadid said
In a story on Instagram, Dua lipa called for Sheikh Jarrah to be saved.
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