Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulama call on world bodies as well as Indian government to intervene
NEW DELHI – Muslim groups in India on Saturday condemned Israeli forces’ attacks on Muslim worshippers at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Syed Sadatullah Hussaini described the storming of the mosque by Israeli police as a grave provocation that must be addressed immediately by the international community.
In a statement, the JIH President said “We condemn the unprovoked storming of the first Qiblah of Muslims, the Holy Mosque of Al Aqsa by Israeli Police. It is reported that at least 178 Palestinian worshippers have been injured and 88 hospitalized at the Al Aqsa compound and other places in Jerusalem because of firing and violence unleashed by the Israelis. This condemnable act is especially despicable as it has occurred in the last days of Ramadan and it is directed at hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims all over the world who hold the Al Aqsa Mosque in great reverence and esteem.
“We demand the international community including the United Nations to immediately address this incident and warn the Israeli government to desist from such acts and issue an official apology for the same. We also urge the government of India to condemn the incident, summon the Israeli Ambassador and issue a statement in this regard’.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani described the Israeli attack on Al Aqsa worshipers as a “terror act”. “We call it provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world, and a severe violation of human rights and international accords.
He urged the international community especially the UN, World Muslim League, EU, the Government of India to “work to end repeated Israeli aggression” against the Palestinians and Al-Aqsa.
The Jamiat also condemned confiscating of private properties in the occupied East Jerusalem territory. Any forced evictions in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem amounts to “war crimes”, it said.