World Bulletin / News Desk
Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani on Thursday called for visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque in an effort to confront Israeli policies aimed at Judaizing Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
Addressing a joint press conference with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Madani said that the OIC is committed to offering political and financial support for the Palestinian people.
He went on to call for the formation of a legal committee tasked with bringing Israel to accountability over he described as "racist" practices and violations.
"The Palestinian cause and Al-Quds are a top priority for the OIC," he said.
Madani said the OIC foreign ministers will meet in the Saudi city of Jeddah in June for talks on means of providing support for Al-Quds and the Palestinian cause in particular.
Al-Maliki, for his part, called on the pan-Islamic body to intervene to stop Israeli violations in Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Madani arrived in Ramallah earlier on Thursday, where he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. He is due to leave Ramallah on Friday.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied Al-Quds during the 1967 Middle East War. It unilaterally annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.Last Mod: 23 Mayıs 2014, 09:44