Speaker Asks Islamic Bodies to React to Zionists' Violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian parliament speaker said Sunday that the Islamic bodies should react to the Zionists’ violations of the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as they are trying to build a synagogue there.
The Zionists' move to destroy part of the holy mosque in order to make way for a synagogue inside its premises is an affront to all Muslims, said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in his Sunday address to parliament.
“The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union (IIPU) and the Islamic governments should strongly react to such moves of the Zionist regime,” he said
He also asked the various organizations and the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs to survey the matter and react to it. “We hereby demand the foreign ministry to pursue the matter,” said Larijani.
A report leaked by the Al Aqsa Foundation, has revealed that the Israeli authorities have a plan to divide the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The report showed the Israeli deputy minister of religious affairs plans to build a new synagogue in the eastern wing of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The plan would divide the compound, taking one fifth for the Jews in order for them to perform their religious rituals there.
Top Hamas officials have spoken out against the move and have called for a large-scale intervention from the Arab states.
Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal said that the old city is part of East al-Quds and remains under illegal occupation by the Israelis and that the Israelis are using the turmoil in the Arab world to sneak their plans for the al-Aqsa compound.
Palestinian politicians including Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal have slammed the new plans stating that this is part of Tel Aviv’s aggressive steps that confirm their designs on the Islamic sanctuary in their first steps towards demolishing al-Aqsa and obliterating Muslim history in the area.
The Israeli Press responded to the report, with one publishing and celebrating Tel Aviv’s new plans for the synagogue and stating that this has been practically urged by the US State department.