Israel Systematically Targets Muslim Worshipers and Journalists at Al-Aqsa Mosque
A famous American actor and director says Israel systematically targets Muslim worshipers and journalists inside the Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city of al-Quds, amid intensified Israeli attacks on Palestinians at the holy site .
Mark Ruffalo made the remarks in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday, following a new round of Israeli aggression against Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, including al-Quds, in which a number of Palestinians were arrested and injured.
“As of Friday, nearly 500 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli occupation authorities from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and, as you said, 170 were injured, several of whom were in critical condition and several journalists … purposely targeted by Israeli soldiers,” Ruffalo said, quoting Mohamed al-Kurd, who recently made the comment during an interview with Democracy Now, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
This is not the first time that Ruffalo has criticized Israeli oppression of Palestinians.
Last year, he signed a letter with 100 other celebrities, accusing Israel of “apartheid occupation and colonialism”, as well as “gross human rights violations” and being a “regime of apartheid of institutionalized racial discrimination”.
The Hollywood director also urged the US administration to sanction Israel during its brutal war against the beleaguered Gaza Strip in 2021.
Also in 2020, he accused Israel of apartheid and waging “asymmetrical warfare” against the Palestinians.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound has been at the center of weeks of heightened Israeli violence against Palestinian worshipers since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
As a result, at least 19 Palestinians, including three boys and three women, were killed at the hands of Israeli regime forces and hundreds were injured.
Thousands of people around the world took to the streets to deplore Israeli violence against Palestinians at the al-Aqsa Mosque and elsewhere in the occupied territories.
Pro-Palestinian rallies have not been limited to Muslim-majority countries. People in Western states, including the United States and the United Kingdom, also came together to reaffirm their support for the Palestinians.
On Friday, Israeli military forces again attacked Palestinian worshipers inside the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said rubber-coated metal bullets injured 31 people, including a paramedic, while dozens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation.
He also reported that three journalists were injured in the savage Israeli assault, including one who was hit by a rubber bullet in the throat.
At least 11 young men have been taken to hospital for treatment, two of them in serious condition.
Palestinian media said at least 43 Palestinians were injured in the raid.
The development came a day after as many as 30 Palestinians were injured after Israeli forces continued their violent attacks on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied al-Quds.
In their most serious assault on Palestinians during Ramadan, Israeli forces injured more than 150 worshipers at the compound last Saturday.