Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Malaysia should form a force to protect Palestinians

Mohammad Ali Khan has proposed that the Muslim nations should form a peacekeeping force to protect Palestinians.

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Mohammad Ali Khan, aka MAK, is popular on Pakistan Twitter as he always comes up with interesting ideas. This time he has demanded that the Muslim countries should form a military alliance to protect Palestinians. He says that the proposed force should be responsible for guarding the Palestinians rather than fight against Israeli forces.

He asked Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Chehenya and Malaysia to form a military alliance. In a tweet, he said, “place them (forces) inside Palestinian territories. Their only job will be to protect Palestinian lives.”

His idea is parallel to what is United Nations Peace Keeping Force. If MAK’s idea fails to realize, the Muslim world should push United Nations to send peacekeeping forces in Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank to prevent violence. The world should force Israel to promise a ceasefire.

Violent clashes over Jerusalem escalated dramatically on Monday with Gaza health officials saying at least 20 people, including nine children, were killed by Israeli air strikes launched after Palestinian militant groups fired rockets close to Jerusalem.

Pakistanis have poured support for Palestine on social media. All top Twitter trends are related to Palestine.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday condemned the Israeli police’s attack on Palestinian worshippers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. The premier also offered his support to the Palestinian people.

Read more: Imran Khan urges world to protect rights of Palestinians

Amnesty International has condemned the Israeli repression of Palestinians. In its statement, it says, “We call on Israeli authorities to immediately halt forced evictions in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah & end the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem.”

Protest in Turkey

Thousands of people gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara and its consulate in Istanbul to protest at Israeli actions against Palestinians on Monday while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Middle East leaders about the rising violence.

Despite a full lockdown aimed at curbing coronavirus cases, the protesters in Istanbul, including Syrians and Palestinians, carried Palestinian flags while chanting, “(Turkish soldiers) to Gaza” and “Down with Israel, down with America.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terror state” on Saturday after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday.

Read more: Pakistan condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians during Ramazan