Muslim Council of Elders condemns Israel for banning Friday prayers at Aqsa Mosque

CAIRO, 14th July, 2017 (WAM) -- The Muslim Council of Elders has strongly condemned Israel's restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshippers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayers and deplored the arrest of the mosque's preachers.

In a statement today, the Cairo-based Council called for Israel to end all forms of aggression and release all those who were detained in the incident that took place today. The Council warned Israel that continuation of such practices would intensify the anger among the Muslims in the Arab and Islamic world and beyond.

"The practices of the Zionist entity are an extension of a systematic plan to Judaise Jerusalem and change its Arab-Islamic identity," the statement noted.

The Council called on the United Nations, other international organisations and actors, including the UN Security Council and the Middle East Quartet, to shoulder the responsibility for the ongoing events in the Palestinian territories and to stop the Zionist arrogance.

"Turning a blind eye towards Israel's practices challenges the credibility of these organisations and questions their neutrality towards Arab-Islamic nations," the statement affirmed.


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