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July 26, 2014

Pakistan observes Al-Quds Day as Israel kills 33 more

July 26, 2014

GAZA: The Israeli army bombardments on Friday killed at least 33 people and struck 30 homes in the Gaza Strip, taking the death toll in the besieged enclave to more than 840 people, reported Al Jazeera. Protests have been held the world over to condemn Israel for perpetrating the bloodshed of a besieged population that entered the 18th consecutive day Friday.
In Pakistan, the Quds Day was observed. Protests were staged across the country to condemn the massacre of Palestinians by Israel and national flag flew at half mast. Palestinian officials said on Friday that Israeli troops and Hamas fighters fought intense battles in the north and centre of the coastal strip, while the Israeli military announced it had hit 45 sites in Gaza.
One Israeli strike killed Salah Hassanein, a senior official from the Islamic Jihad group, and two of his sons, Al Jazeera’s correspondent reported.Meanwhile, the Israeli army said that its missing soldier, Oron Shaul, had been killed in Gaza, in an attack on an APC on Sunday. Hamas claims to have taken him hostage, and his body has not been recovered.
The army also said that another soldier was killed on Friday, putting the military death toll at 35. The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, promised to support Palestinian fighters. In a live television appearance on Friday, Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel that it was “suicide’’ to continue waging war in the Gaza Strip.
“We are true partners with this resistance ... their victory is all our victory, and their defeat is all our defeat,” he said.In the meanwhile, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´s security cabinet has rejected proposals for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and is seeking changes to the plans, a government source said on Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a halt to 18 days of bloodshed of Palestinians by Israeli army.
Full details of the proposed truce have not been released. The recent bout of brutalities was

witnessed in Nablus where five Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in two separate incidents involving both Israeli troops and Israeli settlers, Palestinian security sources told AFP.
In the first incident, three Palestinian men were shot dead by Israeli troops while participating in a demonstration against the massacre in Gaza in the village of Beit Ummar near the flashpoint southern city of Hebron, Palestinian security sources said.
In the second incident, a group of settlers opened fire on protesting Palestinians near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian security sources said. The settler fire killed an 18-year-old Palestinian named as Khaled Oudeh. Shortly afterwards, Israeli troops arrived at the scene and clashed with the Palestinians, firing live bullets and tear gas.
The Israeli army fire killed a second Palestinian, 22-year-old Tayyib Oudeh, the security sources said, adding that three other Palestinians were injured by live fire.
An Israeli army spokeswoman had no comment on the incident in Beit Ummar, but said there had been “confrontations” between Israeli troops and Palestinians near Nablus “in which settlers were involved,” without giving further details. Israeli army radio reported that a female settler has opened fire in the incident near Nablus, killing Khaled Oudeh.
Our correspondent adds from Lahore: In Pakistan, Jumatul Wida was observed. Major gatherings were held Lahore. At Badshahi Masjid which, according to the local administration, over 50,000 people turned up at midday prayer.
On appeal of Jamatud Daawa (JuD), a crowd turned up at University Ground and vehemently condemned the aggression of Israel against Palestinians.Addressing the gathering, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed stated that Jehad had become obligatory on every Muslim and it was mandatory on all of them to rise and save Palestine from the clutches of Israel. He said JuD would go to any extent in this mission.
He said in Kashmir, Palestine, Myanmar, India and other parts of the world, Jehad was the only way to save innocent Muslims. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave the protest call while sitting in Saudi Arabia and stated the PM must remember the command of Allah that whenever Muslims in any region were surrounded by enemies, it was mandatory on rulers to rise for their help. Hafiz Saeed stated that for liberating Palestine, Muslims would have to go for even a greater Jehad that they did in Afghanistan. He predicted that like Afghanistan where Muslims forced enemy to escape, the Jehad in Palestine would also be a success. He urged Iranian leadership to take practical measures if it was sincere with Muslims. He said Iran, which apparently remained at forefront over the issue of Al Quds, should immediately attack Israel.
He said that silence in Islamic leadership at this moment was regretful and only statements were issued from the leadership over the Israeli atrocities. He said the Israeli state came into existence after a plan hatched by West and since its creation, this country had been busy in damaging Egypt, Syria, Jordan and other countries. He said that Israel had hatched a conspiracy in connivance with India against Pakistan’s nuclear programme. He said this Zionist regime was a great threat for Muslims. He predicted that a very strong Jehadi movement would rise from this region which would wake up the present rulers.
The gathering of Jumatul Wida was also addressed by Ameer Hamza, Maulana Saifullah Khalid, former Secretary Lahore Bar Abdul Latif Sara, Bilal Cheema, Ehsan Elahi Wattoo and others. Meanwhile, a huge number of activists of Imamia Students Organisation (ISO), Jafaria Youth Punjab, Jafaria Student Organisation and Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen took out rallies in different parts of the city.
The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-Israel, anti-America and the anti-United Nations slogans.They condemned Israeli atrocities on the innocent Palestinians for the last many decades. They said it was highly regretful that over one billion Muslims with around 60 countries in the world had failed to protect the Palestinians and get vacated the Qibla-e-Awwal from the Jews.
The ISO rally was strictly monitored and all the roads leading to the LPC were cordoned off and a heavy police were also deployed. Traffic mess was also observed around the Lahore Press Club due to the rally.
The participants set ablaze flags of US and effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Similarly, at Mansoora, the headquarters of Jamaat e Islami, the Friday gathering was addressed by JI Ameer Sirajul Haq. JI had declared Jumatul Wida as Youm e Azm (Day of resolve).
Addressing a big rally, the JI Ameer called on the UN to declare Israel a terrorist state for carrying out the carnage of the Palestinians. He demanded that the UN membership of the Zionist state be cancelled for rejecting more than 70 UN resolutions for peace. He called upon the OIC to convene a meeting of the Muslim rulers and announce Jehad against Israel.
He stressed that a joint army of the Muslim world be formed for the defence of Palestine. The JI chief said he had tried to contact Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on telephone but was informed that he was abroad. He said whenever the country was facing difficult time, Nawaz Sharif left the country. He said the prime minister should have taken a courageous stance against Israel at this moment as representative of nuclear Pakistan. It was pity, he said, that the rulers did not have the courage to raise voice against the US or the Israeli aggression.
Addressing the rally, JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch deplored that the government was hesitant on the Palestine issue and the Foreign Office was giving an indication of recognising Israel. He warned that if the Muslim world did not rise at this moment, Israel would establish its control over the remaining part of Palestine as well.
According to a press release, rallies were taken out on a call of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya (TNFJ) leader Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi. In Islamabad, the protest rally was staged at Aabpara Chowk despite heavy rain. The rally began from the Darbar of Hazrat Bari Sarkar’s father Sakhi Mahmood Badshah. The rally was led by TNFJ Additional Secretary General Syed Shujaat Ali Bokhari, Chairman Jafariya Action Committee Col (R) Syed Sakhawat Hussain Kazmi, and others.
Addressing the rally at Aabpara Chowk, TNFJ Central Secretary Information Syed Qamar Haider Zaidi said bodies of innocent children are shattering the conscience of the Islamic World. After targeting the shrine of Sahaba (RA) and Ahle Bait (AS) in Syria now the destruction of holy shrines of Anbia has started in Iraq, he said. The destruction of shrine of Hazrat Younus (AS) is tantamount to inviting the wrath of God, he said.
In Rawalpindi, a similar rally was taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain Teli Mohallah under the auspices of TNFJ District Youm Al-Quds Himayat-e-Mazloomin Committee and terminated at Committee Chowk.
Activists of ISO, MWM, Shia Ulema Council, Wafaq-e-Shia and Jafferia Students Organisation held rallies to condemn the bloodshed of Palestinians in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian, Sukheke Mandi, Jalalpur Bhattian, Rasoolpur Tarar, Kolo Tarar, Vanike Tarar, Kaleke Mandi, Multan, Nankana Sahib, Muzaffargarh, Lalamusa, Okara, and other cities.

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