Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain have strongly condemned the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who protested on the day the US embassy in Jerusalem opened.
“We condemn the attack on the Palestinians by the Israeli occupiers and reaffirm the Kingdom’s commitment to the Palestinian problem and support for our Palestinian brethren to regain their legitimate rights in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative,” said the statement from the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry’s press office.
Riyadh demanded that the international community “assume the responsibility to end violence against Palestinians and ensure their protection.”
Qatari Foreign Minister Lulua al-Khater told the QNA news agency that Doha strongly condemns the brutal massacre of the Palestinians who held a peaceful and legitimate protest against the unilateral decision of the United States to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem, which runs counter to UN resolutions.
It condemned the systematic killings by Israeli occupation troops of unarmed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including women and children.
Similarly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, through Twitter, condemned “the death of hundreds of Palestinians by the bullets of the Israeli military.”
Israel’s security forces killed at least 55 Palestinians protesting the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem on Monday. Another 1,200 were injured after the demonstration in the Gaza Strip.
It was the most violent day in the region since the conflict between Hamas and Israel in 2014.
Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967 – a move not recognized by the international community. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, angered by the ceremony at the embassy, said he would “not accept” any peace agreement proposed by the Trump government.
The Palestinian president also called on the international community to condemn what he called “massacres” carried out by Israeli troops in Gaza, and officials said the Palestinians will come on the construction of settlements.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain’s condemnation of Israeli violence against Palestinians is an instance of glaring hypocrisy, as the three have consistently sided with Israel in fueling the war against Syria, and continue to wage a criminal war against Yemen, in which they have been supported by Israel.