FIOE strongly condemns the Israeli provocations in Jerusalem (Alquds)

04.11.2014

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe strongly condemns the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Israeli provocations in Jerusalem (Alquds)

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns in the strongest terms the closure of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation authorities, stopping Islamic religious worship in a place sacred to Muslims worldwide, in a dangerous precedent that cannot be ignored.

The Federation deplores these recent Israeli acts and measures directed against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the provocative entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, as well as enabling extremist Israeli groups to break into the mosque on a recurrent basis.

The Federation notes with great concern the continuing escalation by the Israeli authorities against the city of Jerusalem (Alquds), and the increasingly serious violations perpetrated against the Palestinian inhabitants. It is quite clear that the Israeli government is systematically applying an extremist policy aimed at establishing a de facto reality of occupation on Jerusalem, falsifying its historical identity, and entrenching the favoured status of Israeli settlers while repressing and discriminating against the Palestinians.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe draws attention to the dangerous consequences of these grave Israeli violations of Jerusalem (Alquds), which include threatening religious sites and intimidating worshippers, falsifying the holy city’s identity, and changing its features. The Federation emphasises that the Israeli occupation authorities must assure religious freedom in Jerusalem (Alquds), uphold respect for the sanctity of holy places and religious features, halt the restrictions on access to these sites, and cease intimidating those wishing to worship through restrictions and physical violence.

The Federation of Islamic organisations in Europe calls on the European Union, the Council of Europe, the European states and the parties of the international community, to take serious steps to discourage this dangerous escalation by the Israeli government, its authorities, and extremist groups connected to them.

Brussels, 31 October 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

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