All peace-loving people of the world will be motivated by the Bangladesh prime minister's courageous stand, Palestinian ambassador says
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s courage and determination reflect that of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and her messages of support will spur on the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle to realize their rights, Palestinian Ambassador to Bangladesh Yousef SY Ramadan told Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.
“When the great leader [Sheikh Hasina] of the third largest Islamic country sends a message of solidarity to the Palestinian president, at a time when his people are facing atrocities of the Zionist power, it will not only be highly appreciated but also encourage the people of Palestine to continue the legitimate struggle to realize their right to self-determination and establish the independent state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital,” the envoy said.
“In the last three decades, this great lady [Sheikh Hasina] has never compromised her principles and always supported the Palestinian people, especially when our suffering was at its hardest. This is why she is a household name in Palestine. She is truly the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and we are unable to find the words to express our gratitude,” he added.
The Palestinian ambassador further said: “Such a courageous stand [by Sheikh Hasina] will motivate not only the people of Bangladesh, but all the peace-loving people of the world. May Almighty Allah protect this great lady and grant her the strength to lead her nation to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of a Golden Bengal.”
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina condemned the recent attack on the Al Aqsa mosque compound, urging the world community to take permanent steps to stop such heinous acts anywhere across the globe.
On Friday, May 7, police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youths at the mosque on the Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount plaza holy to both Muslims and Jews, amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
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At least 205 Palestinians and 18 Israeli officers were injured in the confrontations, which drew international condemnations and calls for calm.
Meanwhile, Israeli air strikes killed 26 Palestinians, including eight children, in Gaza early on Sunday, Gaza health officials said, and rockets were fired into Israel as hostilities stretched into a seventh day.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other militant groups have fired more than 2,000 rockets from Gaza since Monday, the Israeli military said on Saturday.
Israel has launched more than 1,000 air and artillery strikes into the densely populated coastal strip, saying they were aimed at Hamas and other militant targets.