Egypt denounces Israeli court approving 'quiet' Jewish prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Oct 2021

Egypt denounced an Israeli court ruling on Wednesday that gives Jews the right to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound , saying it is a violation of the holy Islamic mosque.

 Al-Aqsa mosque
People walking near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem s Old City. Reuters

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Egyptian foreign ministry reasserted the necessity of respecting the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy places in accordance with international resolutions issued by the United Nations and the UNESCO.

An Israeli judge ruled on Wednesday that "quiet" Jewish prayer can be held at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as long as it remains silent and does not violate Israeli police instruction.

The foreign ministry also expressed its extreme concern for the repercussions of such court ruling and its impact on the security and stability in the region.

The Egyptian foreign ministry also demanded the Israeli government not to implement the decision or to change the status of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli court's ruling was denounced by Palestinian factions in addition to organization like the League of Arab Statues and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Egypt has maintained its official stance in support of the two-state solution where a Palestinian state is established on the borders of the 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital. 

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