Bolivarian Alliance Rejects US Threats Against Venezuela
“ALBA countries reject those countries that not only ignore the Venezuelan legal system and the constitutional and legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro, but also put at risk the status of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace,” the organization said in a statement.
The anti-imperialist regional bloc also rejected the imposition of sanctions, saying the measure “constitutes a clear violation of international law and an unacceptable interventionist application of U.S. law.”
Moreover, ALBA argued that sanctions “do not contribute to the resolution of the situation that the country is going through,” promising to stand with the Bolivarian Revolution against renewed threats.
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to take “strong and swift economic action” against Venezuela if Maduro moves forward with the National Constituent Assembly scheduled for July 30. The initiative, called for by Maduro in May, is intended to further develop the country’s democracy and to help ease tensions with the opposition.
The Israeli government is banning all Muslim men under the age of 50 from entering the al-Aqsa compound, a police statement said in the midst of mass protests against the heightened police and security presence around the sacred site.
“Entry to the Old City and Temple Mount will be limited to men aged 50 and over. Women of all ages will be permitted,” the Israeli police statement read.
A police spokesperson has also said that reinforcements are being deployed to bolster the presence of Israeli armed forces in the Old City, with mass protests expected on Friday when noon prayers usually take place in the al-Aqsa compound.
“Police and border police units mobilized in all areas and neighborhoods,” Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfield said according to Associated Press.
The past week has seen a wave of Palestinian resistance and demonstration against the tightened grip that the Israeli government has imposed over Palestinians in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.
Following a shoot-out that left three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers dead, Israeli police forces occupied the compound, and closed it off to access. Two days later, they reopened the compound only after installing metal detectors and heightened security at entrances.
Muslim leaders and the thousands of Palestinians who go to the site, which is the third holiest in Islam, each week for prayers, have said that Israel is using the attacks to justify the enforcement of greater control over the site. Current agreements allow Muslims control over it, and do not allow other religious activity to take place there.
In response, hundreds of Palestinians have resisted the crackdown on their ability to worship by refusing to comply with the security measures, praying outside rather than entering through the security checkpoints.
Israeli police cracked down on protesting worshipers with rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades to disperse protesters on Thursday evening, resulting in dozens of injuries.