Arab League to hold emergency meeting over Jerusalem violence

Published November 2nd, 2014 - 06:29 GMT

The Arab League Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at Kuwait's request, the country's envoy to the League said in a statement Saturday.

Aziz al-Dihani said the meeting would focus on the latest developments in the Arab World, and especially the Palestinian cause.

The Council will discuss the ongoing tensions in Jerusalem given Israeli "violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque," the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza, and the attack against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, the statement said.

Palestinian community officials say the wave of unrest gripping Jerusalem is fueled by a sense of hopelessness resulting from Israel's policies in occupied East Jerusalem, which have left many young people with a sense that they have nothing to lose.

The arrests of hundreds over the summer for participation in protests against Israel's massive assault on Gaza -- which left nearly 2,200 dead in the tiny coastal enclave -- has only added fuel to the fire.

(Ma'an News)

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