Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki said today that efforts are being made by the Palestinian leadership at all international levels to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Al-Maliki condemned in a statement the recent Israeli onslaught on defenseless Muslim worshipers inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which resulted in several injuries among the worshipers, including women, children and elderly.
He said the brutal storming by the Israeli occupation forces and police into Al-Aqsa Mosque on the second Friday of the holy month of Ramadan was the latest in Israel’s attempts “to Israelize and Judaize Jerusalem and abuse its Christian and Islamic sanctities, especially the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
“The Israeli occupation authorities are exploiting the double international standards to perpetuate their occupation of Jerusalem to completely separate it from its Palestinian sphere,” said the Foreign Minister. “The Israeli government is exporting its crises to the Palestinian arena at the expense of the rights of our people.”
Al-Maliki urged the UN Secretary-General to quickly activate the system of international protection for the Palestinian people, calling on the US administration to pressure the Israeli occupation authorities to stop their violations and crimes against our people and their sanctities.
He stressed the importance of Palestinian-Jordanian coordination to reinforce the joint political and diplomatic efforts at all levels in order to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from the danger of Judaization.