Turkish Jewry expresses concern over Israeli attacks on Palestine

“We are following with great sorrow and concern the developments on the eve of Eid al-Fitr in Jerusalem, which is holy for all Abrahamic religions that we fully respect,” a statement from Turkey’s Chief Rabbinate said late Monday amid fresh Israeli attacks against Palestinians and Gaza Strip.

“We are praying for a peaceful Ramadan Bayram with spirit of solidarity,” the Turkish-Jewish community added.

Earlier on the same day, an Israeli raid has killed nine people in northern Gaza, according to the Strip’s Health Ministry. Three of the nine slain civilians were children, according to the ministry.

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters were injured in attacks by the Israeli police in the flashpoint Jerusalem holy site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday after days of raids and attacks against peaceful worshippers during the month of Ramadan.

50 of the injured were taken to hospitals, a medical source told Anadolu Agency Monday.

Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades, wounding hundreds ahead of a rally to celebrate “Jerusalem Day,” commemorating the 1967 Six-Day War. The protesters retaliated by throwing stones and other objects at the police. Palestinians reported stun grenades fired into the mosque compound, with dozens injured.

Since Friday, the police have been constantly attacking Palestinian worshippers in the mosque, amounting to almost 300 injured over the weekend. Most of the injuries were caused by rubber bullets fired by Israeli police, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported.

The attack on Islam’s third holiest site and around East Jerusalem coincides with Israel’s decision to evict Palestinians from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers, drawing condemnation from several countries for both the violence at Al-Aqsa and the evictions.

Tensions in Jerusalem have soared in recent weeks as Palestinians have protested against Israel’s restrictions on access to parts of the Old City during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and after authorities ordered several Palestinian families to leave their homes to make way for Israeli settlers.