Arab Foreign Ministers Urge UN Security Council to Implement Resolutions on Jerusalem

Muslim worshippers enter the holy site which is known as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims and Temple Mount to Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem, on July 27, 2017- Xinhua photo.

 

Cairo, MINA – Arab foreign ministers on Thursday urged the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibilities to maintain international peace and security and to implement its relevant resolutions on East Jerusalem, WAFA reported.

After their urgent meeting at the Arab League in Cairo to discuss the situation in Jerusalem, the ministers called upon the UN Security Council to oblige Israel to cease its policy and continuous attacks on East Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque, which constitute grave violations of international laws and resolutions.

The ministers also urged all countries to implement the resolutions issued by the United Nations and the UNESCO Executive Council on the Palestinian issue which confirmed that Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic and a part of World Heritage Sites.

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The Arab foreign ministers also affirmed support for steps adopted by the Palestinian leadership to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque to defy the illegal measures taken by the occupation authorities in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

They also condemned the Israeli attacks and illegal measures in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The ministers assigned the Arab Group in New York, the Arab ambassadors’ councils and the Arab League missions to move immediately to uncover Israeli plans to change the historical and legal status of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The foreign ministers stressed full support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and their institutions in the occupied city of Jerusalem and their defense of the city and its Islamic and Christian holy sites in the face of Israeli violations and attempts to change the historical and legal status of the city.

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They also called on the US Administration to continue its efforts to restore security and end tensions on the basis of guaranteeing the security of holy sites and protecting them, respecting the existing historical and legal status.

On Thursday, Israel removed all the metal detectors and cameras it erected two weeks ago at the entrances of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after strong protests inside and outside Jerusalem.

Palestinians look at the removal of the installations as a victory in their two-week long battle against Israeli measures at the Muslims’ third holiest site.

Israel closed the Muslim holy compound o July 14, following an attack outside its gates that left two Israeli policemen dead in addition to three alleged Palestinian attackers from Umm Fahem, a town inside Israel.

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Only two gates leading to the mosque were reopened on July 16 after Israeli police installed metal detectors at the gates. However, the Waqf, which is in charge of the mosque compound, ordered worshippers not to enter the mosque considering the Israeli measures as a breach of the long-standing status quo at the mosque and a step toward Israeli control over the 144-dunum Muslim holy site.(T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)