Jeddah (IINA) � Undersecretary at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry Taysir Jaradat unveiled Palestine's efforts to set up a ministerial committee within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to reach out to international organizations and human rights groups on Israel's violations in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Speaking to the International Islamic News Agency (IINA) on the sidelines of the emergency meeting of the OIC Committee of Permanent Representatives held here on Monday to discuss the ongoing developments in Jerusalem, Jaradat said the establishment of this committee will be discussed during the emergency meeting of the OIC foreign ministers, scheduled to take place in Istanbul on August 1.
The Palestinian official explained that the Istanbul meeting will discuss the unification of Islamic efforts in order to exert greater pressure on Israel by the active countries in the international community.
Since July 14, Israel has begun escalating measures in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque and installing electronic gates at its entrances as well as detaining dozens of worshipers and Islamic endowment employees.
Jaradat stressed the need for the conference to come up with a practical plan to halt the Israeli occupation measures in Al-Aqsa. He pointed out that the collective efforts of the 57 member states of the OIC must bear fruit, and that there should be effective decisions in order to expose the reality of Israel's actions in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The diplomat described the Israeli measures as dangerous for the stability of the region, for the Islamic peoples and for all those who consider Al-Aqsa Mosque as a purely Islamic property. He added that the Palestinian Authority announced, from the very beginning of the escalation, its full readiness to follow up these events, and stepped up its political and diplomatic move to thwart the Israeli plans.
Jaradat underscored that the occupation plans will be thwarted primarily by the Palestinian people and all segments of Jerusalemite society, including the Christians, who have come together to show solidarity against these measures.
Source: International Islamic News Agency