'Makkah summits a clear message on Palestinian cause'

Monday, 03 Jun, 2019

More than 200,000 Muslims took part in the final Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of occupied east Jerusalem, as Israel heightened security following multiple incidents of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinians stand near Israeli policemen as clashes erupted with Palestinians on "Jerusalem Day" on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City June 2, 2019.

The White House has touted a June 25-26 regional meeting in Bahrain as a first step in the as-yet-unreleased US plan.

The OIC said it considered the decision by some countries to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem to be a grave violation of worldwide law, and undermining the Middle East peace process.

Further complicating matters, this year was the first time since 1988 that the parade coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is based on a lunar calendar and is celebrated at a different time each year.

An alleged Palestinian attacker who stabbed two Israelis was killed by security forces on Friday, as 16-year-old was shot near the West Bank separation barrier, trying to climb over. Police said forces were on high alert to prevent possible violence.

Israeli police officers escort a group of religious Jews near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

In a move never recognised by the worldwide community, Israel annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the self-proclaimed Jewish state's "eternal and undivided" capital.

Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, after the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Palestinians have boycotted the Trump administration since it broke with decades of US policy and global consensus by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017.

Tens of thousands of Iranians marking the annual "Quds (Jerusalem) Day" in the Islamic Republic on Friday condemned a planned Middle East peace plan touted by US President Donald Trump as the "deal of the century".

The supplies include "two school structures that had been consigned to Ibziq community; and two tents and three metal sheds to the al-Hadidiya community", Shadi Othman said in a statement.

Palestinians have broken all contacts with the Trump administration since he recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. The Palestinians demand the occupied city's eastern sector as the capital of their long promised state.