Hezbollah criticizes Arab silence over Israeli "crimes" in Jerusalem
The Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah criticized on Tuesday international complicity and Arab silence over Israeli "crimes" against the Palestinians in Jerusalem, Xinhua reported.
Hezbollah in a statement expressed its solidarity with the Palestinian people in their confrontation with the "Zionist criminal machine," adding "the bravery of the Palestinian youth in defending al-Aqsa Mosque is the only way of confrontation that the enemy understands."
Hezbollah called for a massive campaign of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and asked the Islamic and Arab nations to fulfill their religious and ethical duties towards the Palestinians.
The Shiite armed group which fought a devastating war against Israel in 2006 also voiced strong condemnation of the "Israeli attacks that are encouraged by international complicity and Arab silence."
The statement called on Arab and Islamic governments, the Arab League (AL) and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to take "practical, rapid and courageous steps to deter Israel and inform the nation of available options other than negotiation."
Clashes erupted on Tuesday between Israeli police and Arab protesters in the disputed section of Jerusalem further heightening tensions that have already threatened to stifle the budding U.S. peace-making efforts.
The fighting came in the wake of weeks of simmering tensions since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month included two holy sites in the West Bank into an Israeli heritage list.
Adding oil to the flame, the Israeli Interior Ministry last week greenlighted a project to build 1,600 new housing units at a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, one day after U.S. special envoy George Mitchell officially announced that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed to begin indirect talks under U.S. mediation.
In the latest development that ignited the Palestinians' fury, Israel on Monday inaugurated a restored historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's old city.