Al-Quds, 4 Muharram 1437/5 October 2016 (MINA) – The Islamic-Christian Commission to Support Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned on Tuesday of Israel’s imminent launch of a project to construct a synagogue in the heart of the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem, 200 meters away from the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Islamic-Christian Commission said in a statement that the project to build the so-called Jewel of Israel synagogue makes part of Israeli attempts to engulf the al-Aqsa Mosque within a chain of synagogues and parks in a barefaced violation to the sanctity of the sacred Al-Aqsa place of worship.
The commission’s Secretary-General Dr. Hanna Issa said the new six-story-synagogue will be built on the ruins of Islamic and Christian holy sites that hail from the Ottoman and al-Mamluki eras and covers an area of 1,400 square meters,The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reported.
It will be located about 200 meters away from the western side of the Aqsa Mosque.
Issa called on the international community and Arab states to rally around the al-Aqsa Mosque and defend the holy sites against Israeli Judaization schemes.
According to the commission, the project makes part of an Israeli plan to establish places of worship for fanatic Israelis in the heart of the holy occupied city of Jerusalem in an attempt to wipe out its inherently Islamic and Christian character.
The synagogue will be the second massive Jewish edifice in the Old City after the Hurva synagogue, which was built in 2010. (T/P008/R07)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)