Issued: 15 September 2015
The Media Review Network (MRN) considers the attacks against the Al Aqsa Masjid, the third holiest site for Muslims around the world, as an affront and an insult to Muslim’s feelings. We also consider it as anti-Islamic sentiments and an incitement to violence. These acts are carried out regularly by illegal European settlers who have no allegiance, loyalty, or bond with historic Palestine.
The attack was led by Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, himself an illegal settler. He was also in the forefront when illegal acts of violence were perpetrated against the Mosque in July of this year.
On Sunday, 13 September 2015, the Mosque was attacked by illegal settlers assisted by a large number of Israeli Special Forces just after the early Morning Prayers. Sound bombs and rubber coated metal bullets were used together with canisters of teargas. Israeli soldiers also topped the roof of the mosque from where they sprayed pepper-spray into the mosque precinct. The mosque carpets (prayer mats) caught fire as a result of the attack.
The Al Aqsa precinct is situated in Occupied East Jerusalem. Jerusalem has been declared an international city, but the Zionist regime has ignored the United Nations Resolution and has repeatedly stated that Jerusalem was, is and will be its undivided Capital. The belligerence of the Zionist Occupiers remains steadfast since 1948. This also exposes the continuous falsity propagated by the Zionists that they desire peace.
The MRN lauds the courage of the Palestinians who have courageously stood against the heavily armed marauders to prevent them from occupying the holy site. They have paid a heavy price in life but have not flinched from their duty to protect Masjid al Aqsa.
The MRN strongly condemns this act of unwarranted aggression, oppression and violence. We also denounce the Zionist policies on the ground to cease control and Judize the Al Aqsa Masjid. We remind the international community that the Zionist Special Forces and the illegal settlers have been violating the rules of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention. We call upon the international community to immediately act to stop these Zionist crimes.
The MRN also rebukes the silence of the Arab countries in the region. Silence means approval and therefore complicity in these acts of violence in the form of State Terrorism. It is imperative that the Arab regimes censure the Zionists for this form of open aggression and lack of sensitivities against Islam and Muslims all over the world.
Senior Researcher, Media Review Network
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