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OIC Warns Israel To Stop Provoking Tensions In Al-Aqsa, Al-Quds

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 -- The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) today warned Israel against continuing to provoke the feelings of Muslims around the world by escalating illegal policies and seeking temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem).

The Jeddah-based organisation in its Final Communique after an Emergency Meeting on the current situation in Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds also warned Israel against turning the political conflict in the area into a religious one.

"(The OIC) Calls upon Israel, the occupying power, to renounce all illegal measures it has imposed on the Holy City, (and) holds it responsible for all the consequences of such actions.

"(The OIC) Emphasises that East Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine, the entity that exercises sovereignty and jurisdiction on the city," OIC said in the Final Communique made available by the OIC Media Centre.

The 57-member organisation also condemned all measures that Israel has implemented starting July 14, that would change the historic status quo in the area, impede the entry of worshippers into Al-Aqsa and prevent them from practicing their religious rituals guaranteed by international conventions that emphasise the right to access places of worship freely.

Among the actions taken by Israel included the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque, ban of performing prayer there, prohibition of the call for prayer through its minarets, attacking and arresting Palestinian worshippers and the staff of Islamic endowments as well as installation of electronic gates and surveillance cameras.

OIC said Israel had no legal sovereignty on Al Quds nor the Islamic and Christian holy places, a matter that has been emphasised by all international instruments, conventions and resolutions, the last of which is the resolution of the World Heritage Committee at the UNESCO.

It commended and expressed pride over the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in occupied East Jerusalem and its heroic stand against any action targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque, "as they are in the vanguard of defenders of the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque on behalf of the whole Islamic Ummah in the face of Israeli colonial schemes aimed at Judaising the Holy City."

The latest incidents of violence in the area escalated after Israel forces installed metal detectors and surveillance cameras at the entrance of the holy mosque following the killing of two Israeli police on July 14, reports said.

According to reports, violent clashes in Jerusalem have already resulted in the deaths of at least 10 people and injured more than 500.