0743 GMT January 29, 2022
It said that the Muslim and Christian holy sites in occupied Al-Quds are still targeted by daily Israeli violations, including provocative tours by Israeli settlers and police into the holy sites, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
“Despite all the United Nations resolutions regarding occupied Jerusalem [Al-Quds], which demanded Israel not to prejudice the sanctity of religious places, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy Muslim site of worship, Israel still ignores those decisions and turns its back to all the dangers that could erupt as a result of its reckless and irresponsible policies,” said the statement.
It urged the Israeli regime to abide by the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of 2016, which expressly stated that Israeli settlement activities in occupied Palestine are illegal, including in East Al-Quds.
Meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called on the Arab and Islamic countries and the international community, mainly the UN Security Council and UNESCO, to immediately implement the resolutions of the Arab and Islamic summits and the UN resolutions concerning Al-Quds and its holy places.
“The arson of Al-Aqsa is still going on and in more dangerous forms, including changing its historical and legal status that existed before the occupation, falsifying the landmarks of Al-Aqsa through excavations, and continuing the attempts to temporally and spatially divide the mosque,” said the ministry in a statement marking the occasion.
On 21 August 1969, an extremist Australian Christian, Dennis Michael Rohan, attempted to set fire to Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroying parts of Al-Qiblah Mosque, the main building inside the Al-Aqsa compound, including the 1,000-year-old wood and ivory pulpit.