BEIRUT: Hezbollah called for a broad campaign in solidarity with the Palestinian people Saturday, urging all Arab states to stand by them and offer all possible support in light of their current plight.
“We must stand by the Palestinian people and provide all forms of support in their battle, in which they defend everyone else from the Zionist danger,” said a statement released by the party Saturday.
Hezbollah condemned the “surprising silence of the Arab world and the globe alike,” which, according to the statement, was getting heavier by the day.
The party blasted Arab regimes for being distracted with controversial issues and derailing from the central issue to the Arab and Islamic nation -- that of the usurped and oppressed Palestine.
"The Zionist crimes that affect Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, are a continuation of a series of crimes that have not stopped since the occupation of Palestine. [Palestinians] are witnessing an escalation every time, each crime more egregious than the one preceding it," said the statement.
Hezbollah released the statement after the initial autopsy on Mohammad Abu Khdair -- a 16 year old Palestinian from occupied east Jerusalem who was kidnapped and killed in a suspected revenge attack Wednesday -- found that he was burned alive.
Clashes continued across the occupied West Bank overnight, spreading into Arab-Israeli towns.
This week tensions had erupted between Israeli and Palestinian factions, with Israeli ground forces mobilizing outside Gaza in a threat to invade, after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers were found dead in a field near Hebron Monday.