Windhoek – The Namibian Government has condemned unfair treatment of Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem by Israeli security forces.
The Executive Director of the Namibian Ministry of International Relations and Co-operation, Ambassador Penda Naanda, called for an end to the mal-treatment of Palestinians.
Reports indicate that more than 170 Palestinians were injured after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and dispersed worshippers elsewhere in occupied east Jerusalem.
Earlier in the week, tens of thousands of Palestinian worshippers packed the mosque on the final Friday of Ramadan. Many stayed on to protest Israel’s continued eviction of Palestinians in occupied territories.
Ambassador Naanda slammed the attacks on peaceful worshippers.
“The Government of Namibia expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian people and calls on the Israeli forces to end the violent acts against the Palestinians. Namibia further reaffirms its resolute support for the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people against Israeli occupation, the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and independence with East Jerusalem as their capital,” he said.
“We call on the international community to continue to support the Palestinian people through the implementation of relevant UN resolutions and all other agreements,” he added.
According to Al Jazeera, Israeli security authorities used skunk water (a chemical fluid), tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades; and arrested dozens of Palestinians.