Disputes in Jerusalem ‘an excuse for violence’, ZF says

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Disputes in Jerusalem ‘an excuse for violence’, ZF says

Paul Charney, the chair of the Zionist Federation in the UK, has issued a statement condemning the Palestinian Authority and Hamas “for seizing upon the civil dispute in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem as an excuse to incite and call for violence against Israel.”

He adds:

The desecration of Al Aqsa, the Temple Mount and the holy month of Ramadan by those radicals fuelled by their leaders’ calls for violence is inexcusable. Israel’s police have every right, indeed it is their duty, to use the means at their disposal to disperse the rioters and restore calm so that worshippers are able to worship freely at Al Aqsa.

Charney’s statement also refers to members of the far-right Jewish groups on the streets of Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day:

We also condemn the small fringe group of Jewish radicals who have seized upon this unrest to further fuel the flames. These radicals do not represent mainstream Israeli society and are indeed condemned by Israel’s government.

Insofar as the current rocket attacks against Israel by Hamas, we call upon politicians and the media to act responsibly and call out Hamas’s continued cynical exploitation of this unrest for what it is – terrorism.