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Israeli 'Attacks' on Al-Aqsa Mosque Could Spark Muslim 'Retaliation'

© AFP 2023 / AHMAD GHARABLIPalestinian men walk past the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem before the Friday prayer, on October 23, 2015.
Palestinian men walk past the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem before the Friday prayer, on October 23, 2015. - Sputnik International
UNESCO recently announced that the Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is a Muslim holy site. However, Israeli Prime Minister is "not paying attention to international rules" and plans to continue excavations under the mosque, which could lead to the destruction of the building, Iranian expert Emad Abshenass wrote for Sputnik.

A balloon flies near the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, in the old city of Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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"Apparently, Israel couldn't accept such (UNESCO) position, and plans to continue excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This is contrary to all possible rules, regulations, agreements and international obligations because after the monument was registered as a cultural heritage, any involuntary action that can destroy it is a crime against human rights," Abshenass wrote for Sputnik Persian.

UNESCO's Executive Committee on Thursday voted for the resolution, which acknowledged Jerusalem to be a holy city for Muslims, Christians and Jewish people, but named the Temple Mount, where the Al-Asqa mosque is located, a Muslim holy site. Following the resolution, Israel decided to halt cooperation with the UN agency.

"The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have found a way to bypass the decision of UNESCO, according to which this mosque was declared a cultural heritage site of Muslims. He will carry out excavations at the mosque, and later, when the mosque collapses, he will declare it an accident, the consequences of which will be irreversible," the expert wrote.

According to Abshenass, if the Israelis continue their policy towards Muslims and don't change their attitude, "then the level of terrorist activity in the world could increase."

The expert noted that one of the causes of the Palestinian intifada were "attacks" on Al-Aqsa Mosque. Thus Israel's actions may again cause "attempts of retaliation" on the side of Muslims, he argued.

The resolution, which was put forward by Palestine along with Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, was approved by 24 members of the 58-member organization, including Russia. Twenty-six countries abstained from voting, while only six countries voted against it.

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