TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) announced Friday, July 18 as the global day to support Gaza and the Palestinian nation.
The statement signed by the union’s president Yusuf al-Qaradawi urges peaceful rallies as well as fundraising for the Palestinians on Friday.
The statement also asks Arab countries to serve the interests of Palestinians through diplomatic, political, and logistic efforts aimed at putting an end to the Gaza siege.
The IUMS reiterated in its statement that it was Israelis who started animosity towards Muslims not the resistance movement and that the resistance has always sought the freedom of Palestinian lands.
The international union also expressed that high ranking Israeli officials should be internationally prosecuted for the crimes they have committed against the Palestinians.
Israel has launched a new wave of military strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip after tensions raged between Palestinians and Israelis following the burning alive of a Palestinian teen in East al-Quds by Israeli settlers.
16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s death sparked a wave of protests across the Palestinian territories earlier this month.
It came a few days after the Israeli military found the dead bodies of three settler teenagers who had been allegedly kidnapped in the occupied West Bank.
Israel was quick to point the finger of blame at the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. The resistance group, however, strongly rejected the allegations, saying Tel Aviv, which was outraged with the formation of a Palestinian unity government, was looking for a pretext to launch a new aggression against the people of Gaza.
Death toll from the week-long Israeli attacks targeting different parts of the Gaza Strip has reached to nearly 230, with some 1,975 other people injured.
According to the United Nations, nearly 80 percent of the casualties in Gaza have been civilians.
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