Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, sent identical letters to the UN Secretary General, President of the UN Security Council and President of the UN General Assembly briefing them on the escalating Israeli dangerous violations in East Jerusalem.
NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 (WAFA) In his letter, Mansour stated that Israel’s illegal procedures, by state officials, settlers or extremists, against the Palestinian people, their land and their holy sites, destabilize the situation and pose religious sensitivities at a time the United States, the Arab League and the Quartet Committee are exerting efforts to salvage the floundering peace talks.
Mansour referred to the nonstop Israel settlers’ raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem as well as the restrictions imposed by police on Palestinian worshipers’ entry to the mosque yards.
He said the imminent Israeli draft law to allow Jewish settlers to perform rituals inside the mosque campus is not only provocative to the already exacerbating political atmosphere, but is also a disregard to the sensible status of the mosque, which is still under the Jordanian custody.
Furthermore, Mansour said these illegal procedures by Israel in al-Aqsa Mosque requires serious and prompt attention by the international community and the UN Security Council to restore peace and security.
In reference to the nonstop settlement construction, Mansour said settlements undermine peace talks and the two-state solution within the 1967 borders.
He finally called upon the international community to take immediate actions to pressure Israel to put an end to its grave infringement to the international law, including the humanitarian law.