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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

OIC calls on international community to stop hostile Israeli practices in Jerusalem


Jeddah (IINA) – The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an emergency meeting to discuss the latest developments in the holy city of Jerusalem (Al-Quds Al-Shareef) at its headquarters here on Monday. In the final communique, the meeting called on international community to stop Israeli hostile actions in Jerusalem.

Proceeding from the Charter of the OIC, and the resolutions of the Islamic Summits, which affirm the centrality of the question of Palestine and Jerusalem as the central issue of the Islamic Ummah and the reason for the establishment of the Organization, a matter that requires the member states to move to support it and stand by its people in all international fora,

The meeting condemned all measures that Israel, the occupying power, started to implement on Friday, July 14, specifically the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, ban of performing prayer there, prohibition of the call for prayer through its minarets, entry of the occupation’s police into the precincts of Al-Aqsa Mosque searching it and tampering with its assets, attacking and arresting the Palestinian worshippers and the staff of Islamic endowments, and finally installation of electronic gates and surveillance cameras, a matter that would change the historic status quo, impede the entry of worshipers into Al-Haram and prevent them from practicing their religious rituals guaranteed by international conventions that emphasize the right to access places of worship freely.

The meeting confirms that Israel, the occupying power, has no legal sovereignty on Al-Quds nor the Islamic and Christian holy places, a matter that has been emphasised by all international instruments, conventions and resolutions, the last of which is the resolution of the World Heritage Committee at the UNESCO. It stressed its rejection of all actions imposed by Israel, the occupying power, at the holy city of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa mosque which are set in the framework of implementation of the colonial schemes of the occupation in an attempt to alter the historic status quo in Al-Quds and the holy mosque of Al-Aqsa aimed at violation of its identity, stature and religious, spiritual, ideological and historical sanctity leading to a religious conflict of dire consequences.

The meeting commended the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in occupied East Jerusalem and its heroic stand against any action targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque, as Palestinians are in the vanguard of defenders of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa on behalf of the whole Islamic Ummah in the face of Israeli colonial schemes aimed at Judaizing the Holy City and emptying it of its people, and emphasizes the need to support the tenacity of the Palestinian people and its steadfastness on its land.

The meeting expressed pride, admiration and esteem for our people in Al-Quds city, stresses that Palestinians in Al-Quds need a firm and genuine stand, and calls on member states to strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in Al-Quds and address the humanitarian challenges by providing and consolidating financial and economic support as soon as possible.

The committee called on all member states to urgently intervene to stand against the colonial measures of Israel that violate the religious and historic position of Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its sanctity in order to force Israel to refrain from these actions, and renews its rejection of

all decisions made and legislation issued by Israel, the occupying power, aimed at changing the nature and position of Jerusalem city and its demographic structure emphasising that these decisions are null and void lacking any legal capacity.

The meeting called upon Israel, the occupying power, to renounce all illegal measures it has imposed on the Holy City, holds it responsible for all the consequences of such actions, and warns it against continuing to provoke the feelings of Muslims around the world through the dangerous escalation of its illegal policies and steps seeking the temporal and spatial division of the Holy Haram and turning the political conflict into a religious one.

It emphasised that East Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the state of Palestine, the entity that exercises sovereignty and jurisdiction on the city. The meeting called upon the United Nations, especially the Security Council and UNESCO, to shoulder their respective responsibilities in accordance with international law, and calls on them to underscore the international legitimacy and international law concerning Al-Quds and to reject all the illegal Israeli practices.

The committee renewed its call to the international community, Security Council, in particular, to shoulder responsibility, provide protection to the Palestinian people and its holy places, and also hold Israel, the occupying power, accountable for its crimes forcing it to renounce all illegal measures taken at Al-Quds city and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The meeting supported the decision of the Palestinian leadership and the subsequent steps, according to the statement issued on 21 July 2017, and called upon all the Palestinian forces to stand together and unite under the flag of the Liberation Organization, the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people.

Source: International Islamic News Agency