Arab residents of Israel call on UN to stop Jerusalem dig near the Al Aqsa Mosque

February 11, 2007 2:54 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

Several Arab leaders in Israel called on the international community to act against the Israeli digging near the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The leaders said that East Jerusalem is occupied and Israel as an occupying force does not have any right to take any action there. The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee in Israel urged on Sunday the international community to intervene to stop the Israeli digging at the Mughrabi Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, near the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Movement in Israel called for the continuation of protests against the digging, and thousands of Arab residents protested in Nazareth.

A number of protests have already taken place in Jerusalem in opposition to the Israeli digging, including protests following Friday prayers yesterday, to which Israeli police responded with violence and tear gas.

 

The Committee, and several Arab members of the of Knesset, said after an emergency meeting in Nazareth, that Israel has no legal or political jurisdiction in East Jerusalem, because it is an occupying power. The Committee called on the European Union, the United Nations and several countries to act against the digging.

On Monday, Arab members of Knesset intend to meet with members of the Muslim Waqf department at the Al Aqsa Mosque.

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