Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, has issued a strong condemnation of the recent actions of Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque. He has stated that the storming of the Mosque, the attack on worshippers, and the arrest of nearly 400 Palestinians are irresponsible actions that affect the religious feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.
The official spokesman for the Secretary-General, Gamal Roshdy, has quoted Mr. Aboul Gheit as calling on the international community, represented by the member states of the Security Council, to take swift action to push Israel to stop this dangerous escalation. Such actions threaten to ignite the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and could have far-reaching consequences.
Mr. Aboul Gheit called on the Israeli government to respect the sanctity of the holy month and to stop these provocative actions that could inflame feelings and raise the level of anger. He has warned against the consequences of exporting the internal political crisis in Israel to the Palestinian people and stressed that the extremist tendencies that control the policy of the Israeli government will lead to widespread confrontations with the Palestinians if it is not put to an end.