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Jerusalemites sound alarm over status quo at Aqsa Mosque

Prominent Jerusalemite institutions on Sunday warned against frantic Israeli attempts to change the status quo at the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.

This came in a joint statement released by the Islamic Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Council, the Higher Islamic Council, the Palestinian Fatwa House, the Chief Justice Department and the Islamic Awqaf Authority.

The institutions deplored the Israeli police for assaulting on Sunday morning Muslim worshipers and al-Haram al-Sharif guards at the Aqsa Mosque and allowing hundreds of Jewish settlers to desecrate its courtyards.

They affirmed that such Israeli police’s practices aimed to destabilize the historical, legal and religious situation at the Islamic holy site.

“The practices of the occupation police, their security arms and the groups of [Jewish] extremists have exceeded all levels of insolence and arrogance on the 28th of Ramadan,” the statement said.

The statement stressed that using Jewish holidays as a pretext to justify such aggressive and provocative practices at the Aqsa Mosque cannot be accepted and treated as a passing event, especially during the last days of Ramadan.

The institutions called on the Islamic world, its governments and peoples to sound the alarm and close ranks to protect the Aqsa Mosque against Israel’s attempt to change the status quo at the holy site.