OIC Condemns Israeli Court’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Verdict

Palestinians walk past the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Jeddah, 04 Jumadil Akhir 1438/03 March 2017 (MINA) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the verdict of Israeli Conciliation Court which declared Al-Aqsa Mosque a holy site for the Jews.

“The OIC sees this as a dangerous continuation of the violations by the Israeli occupation and of its attempts to legalize the Judaization policies and the continuing onslaughts against the sanctity of the Muslim and Christian holy sites,” KUNA quoted the OIC assaying in a press statement Thursday.

The OIC Secretary General, Yousef Ibn Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, stated that this decision is a flagrant breach of international law, the Geneva Conventions, and the United Nations resolutions on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the most recent of which was the UNESCO’s resolution declaring it as a place of worship for Muslims only.

He warned about the dangerous consequences of these Israeli policies that can fuel extremism and stoke religious conflict.

Al-Othaimeen called on the international community, particularly the Security Council and UNESCO to ensure freedom of worship and protect Islamic and Christian holy sites in the occupied Jerusalem.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community. (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)