Quartet Urges Israel to Respect Religious Freedom

RAMALLAH, May 12, 2013 (WAFA) – The International Quartet Sunday urged Israel to respect worshipers’ right to practice their religion and to freely access their religious sites, said a press release.

Quartet Representative Tony Blair said, “I urge Israel to respect and guarantee free access for believers from all religions to their respective holy places for worship.’

He expressed concern over the recent tension and violence during Easter and in al-Aqsa Mosque.

‘I am concerned over the rising tension in the holy places in Jerusalem and the scenes of violence that we witnessed during Easter,’ he said.

On Israel’s plan to build 296 new units in the illegal settlement of Beit El settlement, Blair said: ‘The position of the international community on settlements is clear.’

“This decision constitutes an obstacle to peace. I call on all parties to exert maximum restraint and create an atmosphere that would allow the resumption of the peace talks,’ he said.

Source: WAFA News