Arab League FM threatens to take int’l legal actions to prevent Israeli activity on the Temple Mount, including going to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
By Ben Ariel, Canada
The Arab League on Sunday warned against the “Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel” and called for action against the Jewish state, Channel 2 News reported.
The condemnation came after masked Muslim rioters hurled rocks and fireworks at police on the Temple Mount, as well as firebombs near two entrances to the site.
Jerusalem District Police and Border Police were forced to respond with riot dispersal measures. No injuries were reported during the clashes.
“We warn Israel – do not allow Jews to pray inside the mosque and do not allow extremist settlers to break in and harm its holiness,” the foreign ministers of the Arab League warned, according to Channel 2 News.
“Israel is the occupying power and bears the consequences of its actions – we call for the protection of the Palestinian civilians and their holy places against Israeli attacks which will deteriorate the region to violence and conflict,” the statement continued.
The ministers also threatened that they would turn to international legal institutions to prevent Israeli activity in the area, including the International Court in The Hague.
Earlier on Sunday, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the Israel Police, calling their defense during an Arab mob riot an “attack.”
“The presidency strongly condemns the attack by the occupier’s military and police against the Al-Aqsa mosque and the aggression against the faithful who were there,” a statement from his office said.
Jordan, which has custodian rights over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, condemned Israel as well, calling its defense during an Arab mob riot on the holy site an “attack.”
“The Jordanian government condemns the assault carried out by special forces of the Israeli occupation army against the Al-Aqsa mosque compound,” Information Minister Mohammed Momani said.
He accused Israel of “provocations” and “attempts to change the status quo” at Judaism’s holiest site.
The Temple Mount, on which the Al-Aqsa Mosque stands, is the holiest site in Judaism. Arabs have repeatedly tried to erase the Jewish nature of the site, where the First and Second Temples stood, by destroying ancient Jewish artifacts and building illegally.
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