Najib: Malaysia condemns Israel's closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Vincent Carr
July 16, 2017

He told Asharq Al-Awsat: "Israel is reoccupying the mosque for the first time since 1967 through preventing the call to prayer and worshippers from praying at the site, including on Friday".

We affirm our solidarity with the people of Palestine and call upon the worldwide community to condemn these acts and take immediate action to end the illegal clampdown of the sacred Al Aqsa mosque and its compound.

Israel made the rare move after three Palestinian assailants opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead.

Clamping down on Muslim worship at the holy mosque and sealing the same amounts to a flagrant violation of worldwide law as well as global human rights instruments, namely the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR 1948) and the worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR 1966) to which Israel is a signatory, clearly enshrine the right to freedom of religion, of which freedom of worship forms an integral part.

"Metal detectors will be stationed at the entrance gates to Temple Mount and cameras covering activity on the mount will be installed outside it", the statement read. "Tourists come", the owner of a book wholesale shop in the Old City said, adding that he usually prays at Al-Aqsa every day.

"It stressed me a little", said Ewa, who did not want to give her last name. It was one of the most serious attacks in the area in years. The attackers were Muslim citizens of Israel.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the shooting in a phone interview with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the official Palestinian News Agency, Wafa.

Hussein was released later Friday after being questioned, another of his sons said.

The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians fearing Israel may one day seek to assert further control over it.

It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.

He was referring to the start of Israel's occupation of east Jerusalem, which it later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

The violence had greatly subsided in recent months.

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