World Bulletin / News Desk
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, condemned on Wednesday the Israeli government's claims on Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"The Muslim Ummah shall not accept any attack against al-Aqsa Mosque which is one of the holiest sanctities of Muslims, the destination of Prophet Muhammad in his journey and Muslims' first Qibla," said Ihsanoglu in a statement released on Wednesday.
Ihsanoglu called on the ambassadors of the Islamic group to the UNESCO to act urgently and exert every possible effort to stop Israeli attacks on religious and cultural places in the occupied Al-Quds City.
Ihsanoglu also warned of the effects of such allegations as they pave the way for further attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Ihsanoglu's statement came after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's legal adviser Yahuda Feisthine's speech. Feisthine had said that Al-Aqsa Mosque was part of Israeli state and was subject to Israeli law system.
Chairman of Palestine Jerusalem Affairs, Ahmed Qari, also said on Wednesday that Israel was planning to destroy Muslims' remaining sacred places in Jerusalem.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) correspondent on Wednesday, Qari said that Israel was planning to destroy their sacred places in the holy city.
"Israel is preparing a legal groundwork to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque and want to erect a statue of Suleiman in its stead," said Qari.
Abdul Rahman Abbad, the head of Muslims scholars council in Jerusalem, told Ma'an news agency: "Muslims are the only ones who own this mosque."
He insisted religious authorities are not bound by Israeli decisions, and warned of Israel's intentions in issuing such a statement ahead of the holy month of Ramadam, when Muslims flock to the Haram al-Sharif.
Ukranian separatist leader says talks will not go ahead on Sunday and a date is yet to be set.
The agency assists 48 different African countries and is supported by the European Union.
Carmakers have scaled back business as collapsing oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine push Russia into recession
Several others were injured and sustained gunshot wounds and two young Palestinian men were transferred to a Ramallah hospital
Nuclear deal runs until June 30 after two extensions, and has been designed to buy time for talks on final settlement, with IAEA confirming Iran adhering to terms of accord.
Hamas welcomed the support of Iran saying Arabs are just spectators to the Judaization of Jerusalem by Israel.
Birmingham based ‘Islamic Help’ and the London based Muslim Charities Forum have lost their government grants but will consider decision to appeal DCLG decision.
Obama's annual speech to congress will outline his priorities for the following year.
Serbia's foreign minister expresses disappointment over the gas pipeline's cancellation.
Lukashenko and Poroshenko will meet on Sunday, in Kiev; Belarus's official news agency Belta reported
A Pakistani Taliban group has said it will kill more children if the government went ahead with plans to hang a key commander
Armed rebels throw a bomb at an army patrol, continuing previous day attacks on Seiyun. Army Lieutenant killed but attack yet to be claimed by any group
Ban Ki-moon has pledged support for Liberia as the country recovers from the Ebola epidemic
Modi's government hoping to sway US companies to enter Indian market ahead of Obama visit next month.
Ten members of pro-Damascus Arabic Socialist Baath Party were arrested after found being involved in kidnapping of opponents of regime.
Sanctions not intended to weaken Russian economy 'but to effectuate a change in relations,' says German foreign ministry spokeswoman