Iranians march to back Palestinians, reject Trump Mideast plan
Jun 02 2019
Israeli police shot and killed 16-year-old Abdullah Ghaith near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, adding that another 21-year-old Palestinian was wounded by a live bullet to the stomach.
The annual protests - also being held in Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere - are held on the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"The Palestinian people have the right to achieve their inalienable national rights, including their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State", the OIC said in a joint statement.
The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday slammed the USA decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.
"He was going to fulfill his religious duty, he was going to worship", Ghaith said.
One of the Israelis was in a critical condition and the other suffered serious wounds, he said.
The stabbings occurred just hours before busloads of Muslim worshippers were to arrive from both Israel and the West Bank for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the Old City.
Thousands of Iranians rallied Friday to mark Quds, or Jerusalem Day, which will see demonstrations across the Mideast as the Trump administration tries to offer an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
Iran is fiercely opposed to Israel, which it does not recognize and blames for numerous problems in the Middle East. Israel and its allies, on the other hand, accuse Iran of sponsoring terrorism and fueling tensions in the region - charges Tehran denies.
President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been drafting the long-awaited peace plan that has already been rejected by the Palestinians, who expect the proposals to heavily favor Israel.
The ministry said Israel continued to hijack the rights of the Palestinian people by approving the construction of over 800 additional settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, which we recognize as the capital of the State of Palestine.
In its final communique, the OIC summit condemned the "transfer of embassies of the United States and Guatemala to Jerusalem" and urged all members to "boycott" countries that have opened diplomatic missions in the city.
They held up posters reading "Quds, the eternal capital of Palestine" and "no to the deal of the century".
The US is expected to unveil the economic details of the plan at a conference in Bahrain at the end of June.