Issued: 09 May 2013

Israeli violation of the rights of the citizens of Jerusalem is once again displayed by their invasion of the 3rd Holiest mosque in Islam, Masjidul Aqsa and the arrest and detention of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein.

These lawless actions further affirms their illegitimacy and inability to establish any form of law that would be acceptable to the people of Jerusalem and Palestine. The ongoing Judaization of Jerusalem defined by home demolitions, indiscriminate arrests, excavations under Masjidul Aqsa, name changing of historic sites and the constant intimidation that violates the civil liberties of the citizens of Jerusalem, demands that Israeli presence in Jerusalem be rejected in order to foster harmony and social cohesion between the various religious in Jerusalem.

The Media Review Network (MRN) and the Muslim Judicial Council(MJC) condemn the invasion of Masjidul Aqsa, which the Likud Beitenu Party in the Israeli Knesset planned to carry out on Tuesday, 7 May 2013. This disrespect and violations of the rights of the people of Jerusalem is characteristic of Israel’s illegal presence in Jerusalem. The raid was carried out with no regard for the people in the precinct of the mosque and with full support and escort of Israeli occupation police force.

Mickey Rosenfeld, the Israeli Police spokesperson, referring to the Al Aqsa Mosque as “Temple Mount”, said that the Mufti was detained for questioning about some “disturbance” which took place in the Mosque the previous day.

Israeli intelligence officers broke into the home of Sheikh Muhammad Hussein in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem and took him to the Russian Compound detention center for questioning.

Of concern to the MRN and the MJC is the continued silence of the international community, especially the Arab countries. This is encouraging the Israeli occupation authorities to organize daily storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque. Senior Ministers and highly placed officials participate in these provocative acts of incitement and agitation.

We call on our Government to summon the Israeli Ambassador to demand the immediate release of the Grand Mufti and also to call on the international community, particularly the Arab Countries, to secure his release with immediate effect.

Contact for more information:

Ibrahim Vawda

Senior Researcher

Media Review Network

Tel No: 011 837 3220

Nabeweya Malick

Media Desk

Muslim Judicial Council

Cell No: 083 408 1157


Author: MRN Network

The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.