Lebanon president condemns Israeli escalation of violence


al aqsa- dome of the rock mosqueLebanese President Michel Suleiman condemned on Monday the state of Israel for attacking Palestinians at one of Islam’s holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem and called for international action to stop acts that prevent achievement of peace in the region.

On Sunday several Palestinians were arrested after Israeli security forces entered the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem. The incident followed clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on Friday over Israel’s decision to list two disputed shrines as heritage sites.

Seventeen people including two Israeli policemen were wounded in the clashes after Israeli police entered to arrest Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem

Suleiman said in a statement that the Israeli police attacks on Palestinians were part of Judaization policies adopted by the Jewish state.

Suleiman also slammed Israel’s settlement-building policy and what he called rejection to yield to international demands.

In Washington, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner has condemned the inclusion of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb in the list of Jewish heritage sites.