Israel must halt stormings of Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremists: Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Sep 2023

Egypt called on Israeli authorities to immediately halt the stormings of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by Israeli extremists under police protection, according a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.

Al-Aqsa Mosque
File Photo: Jewish settlers storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. AFP


The statement also condemned the most recent storming of the mosque on Sunday, describing it as a provocation towards millions of Muslims worldwide that exacerbates violence in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Cairo also emphasized that "the repeated storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and attempts to divide it temporally and spatially, in violation of international law and international legitimacy, will not affect its historical and legal status as an Islamic endowment," read the statement.

On Sunday, hundreds of Israeli extremists stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, to mark the Jewish New Year and perform religious rituals.

Such actions violate the decades-long status quo that says that only Muslims can pray and perform religious rituals in the entire Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, also known as Al Haram Al Sharif (noble sanctuary).

This status quo, reached with Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem since the city's occupation in 1967, allows non-Muslims to visit the mosque compound at specific times but prohibits any form of worship.

Egypt pointed out that such provocative actions undermine the foundation of regional and international efforts seeking to revive the peace process based on the two-state solution.

Egypt reiterated its call to international parties, mainly the United Nations and its relevant bodies, to assume their responsibilities in protecting the rights of the Palestinian people, added the text.

The statement stressed Egypt's unwavering commitment to supporting the Palestinians rights and all efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive solution leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem, on the 1967 borders.

Sunday's storming comes two months after Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir stormed the compound, along others settlers, for the for the third time since becoming a member of Israel’s government. generating global condemnation and concern. 

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