OIC Press Release
|24 July 2001|
The mass media have carried disturbing reports on the intention of groups of Israeli extremists to violate the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and establish a Jewish synagogue therein. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is of the view that this action is of enormous gravity and shall be considered as a blatant provocation which will inflict a deep wound to the sentiments of the Ummah and the Muslims, touching the core of their beliefs. It will also be a fore-runner of a great evil of untold consequences as regards peace and stability in the Middle East and the entire world.
While warning Israeli officials against allowing these extremists to proceed with their criminal aggression, the OIC would like to recall that the precincts of Al-Aqsa Mosque has been a holy Islamic arena for more than fourteen centuries without the existence of any non-Islamic traces whatsoever. The violation or desecration of these precincts will ignite sentiments of extreme hostility and hatred, and heighten tension, dispute and conflicts which will serve the interests of none.
The OIC, therefore, appeals to the international community, and in particular the super powers, to assume their historical obligations on the matter by adopting a drastic and expeditious position to thwart these threats in order to save the region from being engulfed into the cycle of armed conflict, bloodshed and destruction, which will be the inevitable consequences of these serious and aggressive Israeli provocations.