Monday, October 12, 2009

Al-Aqsa Mosque in severe danger from Israeli plans to rebuild Third Temple

We the Indian people are extremely perturbed at the fact that on the 27th of September, Jewish Zionist fanatics supported by Israeli security forces, stormed onto the Haram-i-Sharif to lay claim to what they say is the Temple Mount & the site of the Temple of Solomon. The Palestinians resisted these efforts but the Israeli extremists protected by their army & police, succeeded in their nefarious design to lay their claim to the spot which houses the third most sacred Islamic shrines.

We in India have been witness to how Hindutva fanatics destroyed the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya & once again we are witnessing a similar & far more volatile situation emerging in Jerusalem, with what we foresee as extremely grave ramifications for international peace.

The Israeli Occupation forces started demolishing two rooms in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the path leading to the Moroccan gate, which is one of the Mosque's historical gates, in line with the Israeli plans to demolish the entire holy shrine and build the alleged Suleiman temple (or the Third Temple) in its place and a synagogue neighboring Al-Aqsa mosque; diggings under the foundations of Al Aqsa have been ongoing for many years. Israel holds the responsibility of such a crime.

The Zionist plans & intentions to destroy the Mosques have been in the public domain even before the creation of Israel. After the Israeli's captured East Jerusalem in 1967, they have been mounting a systematic programme to Judeo-Zionise all of Jerusalem. In fact all the statements emanating from the Israeli quarters leadership have alluded to 'Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Eretz Israel' as the rallying slogan. In addition, Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem are being demolished & Settlements like Maale' Adunim are being expanded so as to cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank.

Al-Aqsa mosque is one of Islam's third holiest sites, so any action done against it is considered to be provocative for the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world. The Holy Christian, Muslim and historical places have always been part of the International Cultural Heritage; this is clearly stated by the UNESCO charters.

It is clear that any threat against Al-Aqsa mosque or any of the Islamic or Christian holy places is an added threat to the regional as well as the international peace and security.

We thus call upon the United Nations, the Government of India, Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC), Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), ALBA (Bolivarian Alternatives to the Americas), European Union (EU), Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) & to all Sovereign Nations & Peoples' to intervene immediately and to stand against the Israeli actions and policies regarding our common religio-cultural & spiritual heritage of holy Jerusalem.

The International community & the Security Council has to uphold its responsibilities toward Occupied Jerusalem and its historical sites. The international modern, democratic & free societies have a responsibility to protect the Occupied nations' cultural heritage against policies that are targeting their very existence on their homelands.

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