Arab League Calls for International Protection of al-Aqsa

CAIRO, November 2, 2014 (WAFA) – The League of Arab States called upon the international community to promptly act to stop the ongoing Israeli violations on al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.

During its extraordinary permanent representatives’ session on Sunday, the League held the Israeli government fully responsible for the recent escalation in Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque, which endangers stability and peace in the region.

The Mosque, considered to be the third holiest place in Islamic doctrine, has recently been an epicenter of rising Arab-Jewish tension following recurrent provocative visits by Jewish and Temple Mount fanatics.

Last Thursday, Israeli police closed all the gates leading to the mosque’s compound following a police offensive on al-Thuri neighborhood, during which they shot Mu‘taz Hijazi, 32, in the back and left him to bleed to death on the rooftop of his house.

Tension in the holy city has been on the rise for the past five months, when Jewish extremists kidnapped Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 17, in the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat and burnt him to death.


The Arab League Council stressed that it will continue to mobilize all international support for the recognition of the Palestinian state, praising Sweden’s official recognition of the state of Palestine and the 134 countries that have already recognized it.

It urged the rest of the world counties to take their lead in order to promote an international consensus on the need to expedite an end to the Israeli occupation of the 1967 land and the establishment of the state of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital in accordance with relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.