He also underlined the religious and spiritual centrality of this city and the eternal connection of Muslims across the world to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s first qibla and third holiest mosque. This was contained in his statement at the opening session of the open-ended extraordinary meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the level of Permanent Representatives to discuss the ongoing Israeli aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. Held at the OIC General Secretariat today 25 April 2022 at the request of the Republic of Indonesia, the meeting was presided over by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, chair of the14th Islamic Summit.
The Secretary-General disclosed that he had dispatched letters to several international actors through which he conveyed the OIC’s rejection and condemnation of attempts by Israel to impose temporal and spatial division on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. He requested these actors and the international community to act quickly and stop Israel’s aggression in the holy sites.
Secretary-General Taha also called for the mobilization of political, economic and media efforts like never before to protect the Al-Quds and its holy sites, support the steadfastness of its inhabitants in confronting Israeli Judaization plans, and defend the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. He called for responsible action and engagement with all international actors and relevant international bodies to take appropriate political and legal measures against Israel, the occupation power, and bring pressure to bear on it to stop its ongoing violations against the Palestinian people and their holy sites. He urged all international actors to assume their responsibilities and get involved to sponsor a political track that will end the Israeli occupation and bring about the establishment of an independent and sovereign state of Palestine on the borders of 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with international law, relevant resolutions of the United Nations and the Arab peace initiative.
For his part, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the OIC, Dr Saleh Bin Hamad Suhaibani delivered a statement saying: the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud had declared during his presidency of the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran that “Palestine is our first cause and Palestine and its people are in the conscience of Arab and Muslims.” He reiterated at the same time, “this will continue to be so until the brotherly Palestinian people get all their legitimate rights, notably the establishment of the State of Palestine. The cause of Palestine is the essential pillar of the OIC work and the focus of our attention until the brotherly people of Palestine enjoy all their rights guaranteed by resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative.”
Dr Suhaibani stated that while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strongly condemns and denounces the repeated and provocative Israeli onslaught and aggression against worshipers in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, it persistently calls on the international community to act effectively to assume its role in holding Israeli occupation forces fully responsible for those crimes and violations and their negative repercussion on the chances to revive the peace process, as the provocative acts threaten to ignite conflict in the region.