Monday, December 11, 2017

This is the Reaction of 8 Countries on Israeli Violence Action at Al Aqsa Mosque

The tension between Palestine and Israel caused by a series of events at Al Aqsa Mosque has sparked the attention of a number of world governments. They called on the two countries involved in tension, to be able to proactively calm and restore the situation.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Muslims practice prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

The series of events of the Al Aqsa Mosque began when the Israeli government was known to install metal detectors and turnstiles in front of Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem.

The action was carried out after a bloody incident on Friday, July 14, 2017. Originally, Israel accused Palestinian youth of killing three policemen on guard near the mosque. Due to these allegations, security tightening was carried out in Al-Aqsa Mosque area.

That policy, sparked a big demonstration. Palestinian Muslim protests led to rioting with Israeli police, which left 50 demonstrators wounded. Four of the wounded were medics.

Fifteen other victims were injured by Israeli police bullets. One of the wounded was identified as the former Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikirima Sabri.

The incident triggered a tense tension. Do not want to continue, some of the following countries, as reported from Al Jazeera (21/7/2017), delivered various responses related to the series of events in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1. United States
Israeli border police officers are on guard as Muslims pray outside the Jerusalem Aqsa Mosque compound, Sunday (16/7). Hundreds of Muslims visited the shrine in Jerusalem after Israel reopened the site. (AP / Mahmoud Illean)

In a statement released on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the White House expressed deep concern about tensions arising from a series of events at Al Aqsa Mosque.

"The United States is calling on Israel and the Jordanian Empire to make a genuine effort to defuse tensions and seek solutions to the security and safety of the public in the region to be assured," said the White House official release.

2. Jordan
Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi is reported to have spoken to European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and said that Jordan is committed to mobilizing its best to restore calm and end the crisis.

All of that will be done Jordan based on Israel's principle of security, stability and respect for the historical situation in Jerusalem.

The Foreign Minister al-Safadi also underscored the importance of the international community's contribution in defusing and preventing the tension between the conflict parties, rejecting any Israeli measures aimed at imposing new facts on the ground.

3. Turkey
Istanbul responded to a series of events at Al Aqsa Mosque through a statement from Turkish President Reccep Erdogan, who did not accept restricted access to worshipers worshiping in mosques.

"Any restriction on Muslims who want to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque is an unacceptable act The protection of Islamic holiness in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Haram Al-Sharif (mosque complex) is an important aspect for all Muslims in world, "said President Erdogan.

"It is unacceptable that the access of Muslims and Palestinians wishing to enter the mosque should be limited, we interpret the move as an attempt to change the status quo in Al Aqsa," Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kahn said.

4. Lebanon
Israeli officers are taking care of Muslim women sitting outside the compound of Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Sunday (16/7). After last week riots broke out between Arab-Israeli citizens and Israeli police officers. (AP / Mahmoud Illean)

In an official statement released by the presidential media directorate, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, "condemns and denounces Israeli aggression against the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque and closes the door of the mosque from worshipers."

"The aggression is an Israeli scheme to annex the land, in an attempt to change the geographic and demographic status quo in Jerusalem," the statement added.

5. Egypt
In a statement released via Facebook, Egypt's Foreign Ministry urged Israel to halt violence and tension-related tensions in the Al Aqsa Mosque complex.

The statement also called on Israeli citizens to 'stop violence against Palestinians and their shrines, respect religious freedom, and stop all acts that could trigger conflict or reduce the chances of peaceful dialogue between the hostile parties'.

6. South Africa
A number of Muslim political figures in South Africa condemn Israel's actions they value as 'an act of restricting access for pilgrims to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque complex.'

"We call on Imams across the country to focus Friday sermon worship on the issue of Palestine and solicit Muslim solidarity in each region We ask Muslims in the world to fast on Thursday, until Al-Aqsa is completely liberated," said Shakir Baker , operations manager of Al-Quds Foundation, South Africa.

7. The European Union
"We call on Israel and the Jordanian Empire to work together, make every effort to find solutions that ensure security, and respect the sanctity of the holy land, and preserve the status quo," said Federica Mogherini's European Union High Representative Maja Kocijancic.

"We also ask the political and religious leaders to take a responsible stance to restore peace and we will closely monitor the progress of the situation there," Kocijancic added.

8. Indonesia
Muslims worship in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound with Israeli border guards in Jerusalem, Sunday (16/7). Reopening this sacred shrine complex to reduce the likelihood of wider unrest. (AP / Mahmoud Illean)

One of the Indonesian responses related to events at Al-Aqsa Mosque was delivered by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The country condemned the shootings that wounded mosque imams and restricted access to the congregation.

"Indonesia denounced the shooting incident of Al Aqsa mosque," said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir July 20, 2017.

"The Israeli authorities restrict and even close the access of the congregation there, we, as a predominantly Muslim country, should voice their criticisms and concerns about the event," he added.

In addition, in an official release, the Foreign Ministry also urged Israel 's immediate restoration of stability and security at the Al Aqsa Complex. Indonesia also invites all parties to exercise restraint, so that the situation does not deteriorate. '

The country also urged Israel not to change the status quo of the Al Aqsa complex so that Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock remain as a sacred place to be accessible to all Muslims.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) was criticized by issuing seven criticism points in a written statement signed by MUI Secretary General Anwar Abbas and MUI Foreign Affairs Chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi.

MUI also claims to have communicated with the Indonesian government related to the series of events at Al Aqsa Mosque.

"The MUI has spoken to the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia asking the Indonesian government to remain consistent not to open diplomatic relations with Israel during the Palestinian conflict," Muhyiddin said.

"He (Wamenlu) said that the Indonesian government has been communicating with various parties in Asia and Indonesia has even stated its attitude," he added.