Israeli Aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque

  • 2 March 2010

The Israeli police raid on Al-Aqsa mosque compound – during which tear gas shells and rubber bullets were fired causing injuries to around 20 people – is undoubtedly a dangerous provocation for millions of Muslims around the globe. For them the mosque represents a religious symbol as the first Qibla in Islam and the third holiest site – the place of Ascension of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) – and also represents a clear contempt and dangerous violation of the Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, which is also mentioned in the statement of condemnation of Israeli practices issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Another dangerous aspect of this move is that the blatant Israeli aggression has come days after the decision by its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to include Ibrahimi Al-Khalil and Bilal Ben Rabah mosques in the country’s national heritage sites list, which is a clear violation of the facts of history and the legitimate rights of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims and their holy sites.

These episodes confirm that there is a well thought out Israeli policy of targeting holy sites through all means and ignoring the possible consequences of this policy as it can lead to a confrontation and even drag the region into a destructive religious conflict that will destroy the prospects of a peaceful settlement and coexistence in the Middle East.

In the year 2000, the entry of former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, into the Al-Aqsa mosque compound resulted in the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising which lasted for years dampening the chances of a peaceful settlement in the process. It appears that peace is not on the list of priorities for Netanyahu nor is it part of his government’s agenda as the country seeks to once again ignite passions and incite confrontation that would give him an opportunity to impose his agenda relating to Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.

It is difficult to imagine that the Israeli government does not realize the seriousness of its acts of threatening the Al-Aqsa mosque and other holy places because any confrontation on these might lead to disastrous consequences. Israel is very much aware of the meaning of threatening these sites and the kind of provocation that this would cause to Muslims around the world. However, it chooses to ignore these feelings and seeks to ignite matters because its policies are derived from an extremist ideology and it is working to accomplish religious legends without taking into account its dangerous consequences.

The Arab and Islamic world has criticized the Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa mosque on several occasions and they have expressed reverence towards these holy sites because they are aware that any threat to them would mean a threat to the security and stability of the region and the world. It is essential that a firm international stand is taken to confront Tel Aviv and give a clear message that the world cannot allow Israel to conflagrate the Middle East and trigger a destructive religious war on a global scale.