Muslim rulers to take practical steps regarding Palestine: Dr. Khaled Qadoumi

Karachi: The representative of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in Iran Dr. Khaled Qadoumi urged the Muslim countries to take practical steps to stop the Israel from playing with the blood of Palestinians, mere verbal condemnations are not enough.  He said that the entire Muslim Ummah feels the pain and agony of Palestinians, it is now for the Muslim rulers to stand up for their rights.

Hamas leader Dr. Khaled Qadoumi express these views while addressing a press conference along with, Sabir Abu Maryam Secretary General of Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PLFP), Muzaffar Hashmi, Pirzada Azher Ali Shah Hamdani, Molana Baqir Zaidi, Karamat Ali and Imran Shehzad at Karachi Press club.

Dr. Khaled Qadoumi praised the role of Pakistan regarding palatine issue said, Pakistan always stand by the Palestinians in their just cause, Washington wanted to legitimize the occupation of al-Quds by Israel, and it is responsibility of whole Muslim world to play its role to stop US President Donald Trump declaring Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Israel.  Dr Qadoumi  praised the  efforts of Palestine Foundation Pakistan (PLFP) and political and religious parties of Pakistan regarding the Palestine issue, Palestine belongs to Palestinians and we will continue our struggle until the freedom of our homeland,he added.

Dr. Khaled Qadoumi is visiting Pakistan on the occasion when Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Gazans marched near the Israeli border in a major protest on Friday, leaving 15 Palestinians dead and hundreds more wounded in the conflict´s worst single day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, attended the protest, believed to be the first time he had gone so close to the border in years. Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008, the most recent of which in 2014 ended with a fragile truce. Far smaller protests broke out in parts of the occupied West Bank. On Friday evening, Gazan leaders called on protesters to retreat from the border area until Saturday, with the demonstration planned to extend six weeks, until the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem around May 14. The launch of the protests comes as Palestinians mark Land Day, commemorating the killing of six unarmed Arab protesters in Israel in 1976.

Israel´s military alleged that the main protests were being used as cover by militants to either break through the border or carry out attacks. “It is not a peaceful demonstration,” an Israeli military official told journalists. “There was no small number of attempts to damage the fence and cross” the border, she added. The army said it estimated some 30,000 demonstrators were taking part in the protests.

Protesters were demanding hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the war surrounding Israel´s creation in 1948 be allowed to return. Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declared Saturday a day of national mourning. The upcoming embassy move has added to tensions surrounding the march. US President Donald Trump´s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel´s capital in December has infuriated Palestinians, who claim its annexed eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

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