ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani foreign office on Thursday called for an end to Israel’s “illegal incursions and actions” against Palestinians, as Israeli authorities step up the demolition of Palestinian homes in parts of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
There has been rising bloodshed in the West Bank in the past year, amid a drive by the new Israeli government to expand West Bank settlements.
Pakistan last week condemned a raid by Israeli commandos on the Palestinian town of Jenin that killed seven people and injured two.
“Pakistan has strongly condemned Israel’s brutal attack on the city and camp of Jenin in the State of Palestine, killing several innocent Palestinians,” the foreign office spokeswoman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said at a press briefing on Thursday.
“We call for an end to these illegal incursions and actions by the Israeli occupation forces. Human rights of the Palestinian people must be respected.”
Baloch said Pakistan would continue its “strong and unwavering support” to the struggle of the Palestinian people for their rights, including the right to self-determination.
Pakistan has for decades backed the Palestinian demand for an independent and contiguous Palestinian State with pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, in accordance with United Nations and OIC resolutions.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Jerusalem this week and repeated Washington's support for a two-state solution.