Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Calls for Peace amid Violence in Jerusalem

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2021

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts after missing a chance to score during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Saturday, May 8, 2021. (Zac Goodwin/Pool via AP)
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Editor's note: Updated to reflect ongoing reporting.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah called for peace Tuesday amid ongoing violence in Jerusalem that has drawn international concern. Last Friday, Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators clashed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and people across the region saw conflict escalate over the weekend.

As the violence continued Monday, CNN reported, "Videos from early morning showed Israeli police inside the mosque firing stun grenades. Palestinians were filmed throwing rocks." The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency medical service said 520 people were injured by the end of the day.

According to CNN, "Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians escalated further on Tuesday as Palestinian militants in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which in turn ramped up airstrikes on the coastal enclave, as unrest spread to cities and towns beyond Jerusalem." As of Tuesday, 6 p.m. ET, CNN had reported that "at least 32 people, including 10 children, according to Palestinian health officials" had been killed in Gaza and that three people in Israel had been killed after rocket fire and rocket attacks.

In a tweet, Salah urged "all the world leaders," including British prime minister Boris Johnson, "to do everything in their power to make sure the violence and killing of innocent people stops immediately."

Mohamed Salah @MoSalah

I’m calling on all the world leaders including on the Prime Minister of the country that has been my home for the past 4 years to do everything in their power to make sure the violence and killing of innocent people stops immediately. Enough is enough. @BorisJohnson

Per CNN, "One of the main sources of growing unrest in recent days has been the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. On Sunday, Israel's Supreme Court postponed an appeal hearing on the decades-long legal case." Noting that the dispute is decades-long may help in contextualizing the current conflict as not triggered by a single event, with the recent violence in and around the city of Jerusalem also occurring during national and religious days—Jerusalem Day and Ramadan, respectively—important to Israelis and Palestinians.

With both militants and civilians reportedly killed and injured in the ongoing attacks, Salah is not alone in calls for an end to the violence, with White House officials also urging deescalation across the region.

Continue following CNN for updates on the conflict.