On this day in June 1967, the Israeli occupation occupied all of Jerusalem in a second Nakba for Palestine that led to the occupation of what is left of it after the 1948 Nakba.
The Palestinian cause are still facing schemes to liquidate it, the last of which was the notorious “deal of the century”, orchestrated the Israeli-biased US administration which has started taking steps to implement its plan on the ground by moving its embassy to occupied Jerusalem, recognising the holy city as the capital of the Israeli occupation, and approving the Israeli occupation’s plan to extend its sovereignty over the occupied West Bank, as well as attempts to end UNRWA’s role to abolish the Palestinian refugee issue.
Then the Israeli occupation government began setting plans to enforce the “deal of the century” on the ground in partnership with the US administration to declare Israeli sovereignty over the vast majority of the occupied West Bank and take over Jerusalem in order to establish the so-called “Greater Jerusalem” as part of dubious scheme to end the Palestinians’ rights to Palestine, Jerusalem, and the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is facing attempts to judaise it and wipe out its Arab, Islamic identity and being stormed by Israeli occupation forces and settlers.
This comes as some Arab regimes are entering a phase of publicly normalising ties with the Israeli occupation through political, economic, cultural, sport, and artistic approaches in defiance of the will of Arab and Muslim nations that have long supported the Palestinian people in long milestones in their struggle against the Israeli occupation and called on their governments to back the Palestinian resistance and open borders for them to participate in the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.
The anniversary of Jerusalem’s occupation comes as the Israeli occupation is escalating its terrorism by raiding the al-Aqsa Mosque, banning Palestinian worshippers from accessing the Muslim scared compound in different ways, demolishing homes of Palestinian Jerusalemites, stealing their lands, and expanding settlements, and imposing hefty taxes of them.
As it salutes the Palestinian people, especially Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and all segments of Arab and Muslim nations embracing the resistance option, Hamas states the following:
First: We salute the Palestinian people, above all the Palestinians defending Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque in face of the Israeli military machine and judaisation plans.
Second: We salute all scholar, sheikhs, Christian clerics, and defendants of the al-Aqsa Mosque who are standing steadfast in the face of Israeli brutality while defending Jerusalem despite of arrests, banishment, and killings.
Third: Jerusalem was and will always be a Palestinian, Arab, Islamic city that no superpower can change its identity, character and history and will be the eternal capital of Palestine; the Israeli occupation and its schemes on Jerusalem and Palestine are doomed to fail and its colonial projects will not secure it a future in Palestine.
Fourth: Annexing the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley and targeting the al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to the outbreak of an all-out intifada (uprising) in the face of the occupation.
Fifth: We call on Palestinian Authority to completely absolve from the catastrophic Oslo deal and its political, economic, and security commitments, end any relation with the Israeli occupation, immediately work on restructuring the Palestinian House and agree on a national, inclusive strategy based on the option of resistance in all forms to face off Israeli annexation plans and the “deal of the century”, as well as calling for a meeting for secretary generals of Palestinian factions, in which all Palestinian segments can participate.
Sixth: Hamas urges the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and Arab parliaments to lead a campaign to raise awareness of Arab and Muslim peoples about Palestinian rights and constants and fight off the threats facing Jerusalem and its residents and support them with all means possible.
Seventh: We call on Arab and Muslim nations to point their compass towards Jerusalem and Palestine and raise awareness about normalisation with the Israeli occupation through different fields and approaches aimed to distort the truth and play the feelings of future generations.
Eight: We appeal to the International Criminal Court to end its preliminary review that it is conducting to launch an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli occupation government against defenseless Palestinians, especially in Jerusalem where Eyad al-Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian, was executed in cold blood.