On the Anniversary of the Burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque: PNC Calls on the Arabs and Muslims to take action

On the Anniversary of the Burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque: PNC Calls on the Arabs and Muslims to take action

The Palestine National Council (PNC) said that the continuous aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation and settlers is an extension of the crime of burning it 52 years ago, which was committed by the Zionist extremist Michael Dennis Rohan, on August 21, 1969, with the facilitation and protection of the occupation authorities.

In a press statement issued today, on the 52nd anniversary of the burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first of the two qiblah and the third of the Two Holy Mosques, the Council affirmed that what Christian and Islamic holy sites, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque, are subjected to in terms of Judaization operations, is on the way to establishing its spatial and temporal division, as is happening now with the Ibrahimi Mosque, the fourth holy place for Muslims after the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, it requires urgent Arab, Islamic and international intervention to put an end to the violations and crimes of the occupation.

The Council stated that while the occupation authorities persist in their policy to change the legal and religious status of the Al-Haram Al-Sharif, they are racing against time to implement their Judaization project for the occupied city of Jerusalem, by completing ethnic cleansing and forcible displacement of Palestinians who own land, place, history and identity, especially in the neighborhoods and suburbs of the occupied city in Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Bustan neighborhood, Batn Al-Hawa, Wadi Al-Joz, Wadi Hilweh, Beit Hanina, Lifta, and others.

The Council warned against the occupation authorities’ implementation of a Judaization project affecting the Mughrabi Gate by building a permanent bridge instead of the existing one between Al-Buraq Square and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, with the aim of bringing about more change in the Arab-Islamic character and distorting historical and cultural landmarks and the Israeli occupation police forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque to suppress and arrest the worshipers and those stationed there.

The Council stressed that the silence on the operations of Judaizing the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the escalation of attacks on it with incursions and preventing worshipers from accessing it, suppressing and arresting them, has become a cover and complicity with the perpetrators of these crimes, and prevents accountability, answer ability and punishment against the perpetrators.

The Council said: It is high time for the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, all Arab and Islamic committees, organizations and bodies, and those in charge of the financial funds established for the purpose of protecting the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupied city of Jerusalem, and they assume their full responsibilities and implement all financial and political commitments to save Al-Aqsa Mosque from Judaization and prevent the implementation of the occupation’s dreams of establishing the alleged “temple.” This will only be prevented by decisions being translated into actions and measures.

The Council called on all international institutions, especially the UN Security Council, to take the necessary measures and practical measures to protect the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupied city of Jerusalem, in accordance with its successive resolutions, and stop all occupation measures aimed at completing the historical, legal and heritage change with the aim of Judaizing it.

The Council valued the role played by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, based on the Hashemite guardianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, in preserving the legal, religious and historical status of Al-Aqsa Mosque, confronting attempts to Judaize it, and standing up with courage and firmness in the face of the occupation violations taking place in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

20 August 2021