OIC reiterates status of Al-Quds City and Islamic and Christian sacred sites

OIC reiterates status of Al-Quds City and Islamic and Christian sacred sites
Palestinian football players on August 21, 2019 wear white masks as a sign of protest against the storming on August 18 by Israeli forces of the Burj Al-Laqlaq Football Stadium and banning a tournament organized by Palestinian families in Jerusalem's Old City from taking place. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
Updated 22 August 2019

OIC reiterates status of Al-Quds City and Islamic and Christian sacred sites

OIC reiterates status of Al-Quds City and Islamic and Christian sacred sites

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reaffirmed its support for the State of Palestine’s right to full sovereignty over Al-Quds City, the capital of Palestine, protect its Arab identity, preserve its heritage, defend the sanctity of its holy sites and ensure inalienable rights in the city.

The OIC in a statement issued on Wednesday, on the 50th anniversary of the arson attack on the Holy Mosque of Al-Aqsa, said that it comes while Israeli violations continue escalating against Al-Aqsa Mosque, restricting the freedom of access of Muslims to the mosque, continuous attacks on Muslim worshipers inside its yards, closing its gates, and enabling extremist settlers to storm its yards.

In addition, the OIC pointed out in the statement the intensifying of excavations under the mosque and its vicinity within the framework of Israel’s plans to radically alter the city, change its geographical and demographic characteristics and isolate it from its Palestinian surroundings in a flagrant violation of the international law and relevant UN resolutions.

The OIC (which was established in light of Al-Quds and the Palestinian cause) called on the international community to work to bring Israel, the occupying power, to abide by the principles of international law and resolutions and end its occupation of all the land of the occupied Palestinian State recognized by the UN on the basis of the 1967 borders, including the City of Al-Quds.

The OIC also applauded the Palestinian people in the city of Jerusalem, reaffirming its continued solidarity with them and supporting their legitimate rights.