Jerusalem tensions spark UN concern
ins and street prayings that sometimes turned into deadly clashes.
At the UN session, Mladenov also welcomed the Israeli decision on Monday to remove metal detectors and some of the surveillance cameras, while expressing the hope that the Israeli move will ease the tension there, leading to an end to the Palestinian boycotting of the holy site.
On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanded Al-Aqsa Mosque’s return to the status quo before July 14 before resuming contact with the Israeli side.
Riyad Mansour, the permanent observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, echoed Mladenov’s concerns during the UN session, criticizing Israeli measures as “reckless and destructive” and describ- ing the situation in East Jerusalem as “fragile”.
“The fragile situation in Occupied East Jerusalem has been inflamed yet again as Israel, the occupying power, presses forth with its reckless and destructive agenda against our people and holy sites, especially Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which houses holy A1-Aqsa Mosque, in absolute contempt for international law and the will of the international community”, Mansour said.
Mentioning the risk of “the stoking of a religious conflict”, he warned against “the dangers of such provocations and incitement and the fueling of yet another cycle of violence, which will surely have farreaching consequences in this already-volatile climate”.
Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, who holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, called for efforts by the international community to keep the situation under control.
“The international community should proceed from the need of maintaining peace in the Middle East and the world, have a long-term vision, promote the political settlement of the question of Palestine by addressing both the symptoms and the root causes, maintain the legitimate rights and interests of the Palestinian people, keep the situation between Palestine and Israel from going out of control and prevent the Middle East from sliding into a bitter crisis,” said Liu.
He reaffirmed China’s support for the just cause of the Palestinian people and for peace between Palestine and Israel.