HRIA is following the settlement policies of the Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied city of Jerusalem, which they commit within the framework of a systematic institutional system based on persecution and systematic control by the Israeli occupation authorities against the Palestinian population and their holy sites in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which led to transforming the mosque courtyards, with its historical, religious and cultural symbolism, into an arena of confrontation between the Israeli occupation soldiers and Palestinian civilians stationed in the mosque, through a series of storms, alternating between members of the Israeli occupation Knesset and groups of Israeli settlers, and guarded by the Israeli occupation police.
HRIA condemns the series of the organized and systematic storms into the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in a move that shows the disdain of the Israeli occupation authorities for religious and Islamic sentiments and their disregard for the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque among Muslims in general and Palestinians in particular, especially in light of the month of Ramadan. This exposes the intentions of the occupation authorities to increase tensions in occupied Jerusalem.
The ongoing attacks by settlers against Islamic holy sites and the terror that they entail against the Palestinians is a violation of the rules of international humanitarian law, in addition to being a clear provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims and Christians and an assault against their religious freedoms, especially as they are carried out with official support and cover by the occupation authorities within the framework of the policy of Judaizing the city and empty it of its Islamic content.
HRIA condemns the continuation of the policy of storming Al-Aqsa Mosque and affirms that Jerusalem is an occupied city that is subject to the provisions of international law, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilians, which guarantees that the status quo in Jerusalem should not be prejudiced, as well as any other measures aimed at depriving its original inhabitants of their inalienable rights, foremost of which is the right to worship. HRIA affirms the actions of the Israeli occupation are contrary to the resolutions of the United Nations and its organizations that considered Al-Aqsa Mosque an Islamic heritage.
The association confirms that the racist practices of the occupation aimed at imposing hegemony on the Palestinians through discrimination and subjugation, and attempts to impose new facts based on religious and national discrimination. These practices attempt to restrict the practice of religious rituals in the Holy City, including the organized and systematic storming of ministers and leaders of the occupation government and its settlers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque which constitute gross violations that include a form of racial discrimination and persecution of the inhabitants of the occupied territory, and in response to this; HRIA urges:
- The UN Security Council to take practical ways and means in accordance with the relevant provisions contained in the United Nations Charter to oblige the Israeli Occupation Forces to comply with its decisions and ensure their implementation.
- UNESCO to take immediate action to stop these repeated attacks against the holy places, and to ensure that Palestinians and all Muslim worshipers enjoy their rights in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy sites and provide them with protection.
- The League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to pay attention to what is happening in Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to fulfill their duty and work to stop these repeated attacks, and protect the holy places and places of worship.
- The High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to condemn the violations committed by the occupation ministers and its leaders under the protection of the occupation soldiers, and to work for holding the occupation forces accountable for their violation of the provisions of this convention.
Human rights Institutions Association – HRIA
April 15, 2021