The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe follows with great concern the serious Israeli escalation in Jerusalem, and the on-going assaults and provocation against the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the worshippers within its environs, reaching exceptionally grave levels in recent days.
The Federation condemns these Israeli aggressions and violations in the strongest terms, given the threat implicit to holy places and religious features, the provocation of worshippers, the falsification and alteration of the identity and nature of such sites, and the severe restrictions placed on Palestinians in this respect.
It is quite apparent that the extremist Israeli government is actually imposing a new reality in Jerusalem employing armed force, racist policy, and repressive measures, in seeking to control and partition the Al-Aqsa Mosque, turning it into a scene for confrontations, repressive violence, and desecration.
There is no margin for complacency given the vicious attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the assaults, violations, and acts of vandalism and desecration, representing a highly incendiary development, sending a blatant message provoking Muslims worldwide that cannot be tolerated or taken lightly as to the consequences.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe articulates the intense feelings of discontent emanating from Muslims in Europe and worldwide in face of this aggressive targeting of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Federation demands European and international pressure to force the Israeli authorities to cease such measures and steps that desecrate sanctities, and disfigure the civilizational identity and features of Jerusalem that are driving matters to the brink. The world’s inaction defies logic in face of the aggression, provocation and vandalism defining the Israeli occupation’s actions in Jerusalem.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe emphasises its solidarity with the unarmed Palestinian citizens protecting the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the unjust Israeli attack. In particular, the Federation applauds the civil sit-ins by women and young girls in Jerusalem protesting against the attack on holy sites.
Brussels, 16 September 2015
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe