Open Al-Aqsa for prayer

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mo­hamed Saeed

THE clo­sure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound and the new Is­raeli regime se­cu­rity mea­sures be­ing in­tro­duced to en­ter the mosque need to be strongly con­demned.

The Is­raeli mea­sure is be­ing viewed by Muslims around the globe as a provo­ca­tion, a dan­ger­ous prece­dent and a vi­o­la­tion of re­li­gious free­dom, in­ter­na­tional laws, treaties and res­o­lu­tions.

The Is­raeli regime in­stead of re­view­ing its dis­crim­i­na­tory and un­fair poli­cies and vi­o­la­tions of Pales­tini­ans’ hu­man rights chooses to im­me­di­ately re­tal­i­ate to the shoot­ing in­ci­dent by shut­ting down the mosque.

There can be no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the clo­sure of the mosque or the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new mea­sures to en­ter the mosque.

Muslims around the globe cor­rectly op­pose this il­le­gal de­ci­sion taken by the Zion­ist oc­cu­py­ing regime.

The “col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment” be­ing car­ried out by the Is­raeli regime that af­fects hun­dreds of thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans must be stopped. The con­tin­ued at­tacks against Mus­lim and Chris­tian holy sites in Pales­tine must end im­me­di­ately.

I call on the govern­ment to un­der­take a much stronger and coura­geous stance against what is be­ing done to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to take firmer steps against Is­rael’s on­go­ing il­le­gal and bru­tal oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tine and the sus­tained hu­man rights abuses against the in­dige­nous peo­ples of Pales­tine.

The key to es­tab­lish­ing peace and solv­ing the con­flict lies in the with­drawal of the oc­cu­py­ing Is­raeli forces and a one-state so­lu­tion for all who live in the Holy land. Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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