The Jamiatul Ulama (South Africa) says Israel’s decision to put up metal detectors at the entrance of Masjid-Al-Aqsa was another tactic at the “Judaization of the Noble Sanctuary”, writes Ismail Suder.
As Israel mulls over whether to remove the newly installed metal detectors at the entrance to Masjid–Al–Aqsa that has sparked outrage, the mufti of Jerusalem and the heads of the Waqf has called on all imams and Muslims in the Jerusalem area not hold Jummah salaah in their mosques today but to come in their thousands to pray outside the gates of Al Haram al Sharif instead.
The Israel Police and military say they are prepared for any possible violent confrontations today.
And locally, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, secretary General of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, condemned the new “security” measures imposed by the Israeli regime which it sees as their “continuing tacticts of Judaization of the Noble Sanctuary and the surrounding East Jerusalem after annexing it at the end of the 1967. The international community regards the territory as Occupied,” he said.
The Jamiatul Ulama is appealing to Imams to observe the Qunut Naazilah, as may be appropriate, and dedicate this Friday to Masjid-Al-Aqsa, the first Qibla, the site of Isra and Miraj, and indeed the third holiest site in Islam.”
“We demand that Israel ease the restrictions on access to Masjid-Al-Aqsa which represent collective punishment on the Palestinian people, and the blatant disregard to internationally recognized conventions,” he said.
Al Qalam spoke to a Johannesburg Islamic scholar who arrived in Jerusalem (Al Quds) with 21 of his family members on the day of a firestorm of Palestinian protest after the closure of Al Aqsa following a shootout that resulted in the deaths of three Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers on the grounds of the Noble Sanctuary last week.
He said he and his family managed to pray Magrib Salaah there only once, and had also met the Imam. There were only a handful of musalees there, after most Palestinians heeded a call to boycott prayer until the spy cameras and metal detectors were removed.
The Johannesburg aalim said he was saddened that while ordinary Palestinians were in the frontline of the protests, he had not seen any official condemnation from Arab countries in the region. At best, any condemnations from senior officials were largely muted, he added.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi announced that Jordan’s King Abdullah II has been personally involved in attempts to calm the situation. He added that the Jordanian position is clear: to preserve the status quo and restore the situation at Al-Aqsa to what it was before the shooting.
Meanwhile, the military wings of various political factions in the besieged Gaza Strip warned Israel against continuing its restrictive policies at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during a press conference, saying that Israel’s “offensive” on Al-Aqsa represents a “spark that will explode in the region.”
“We will have our strong and supreme word if Zionist plans against Al-Aqsa continue,” the groups warned. “We will not allow our enemy to invade our Al-Aqsa, our holy sites, and our people in Jerusalem.”
Meanwhile, Iqbal Jassat, Executive member of the Johannesburg-based Media Review Network, said in a hard-hitting statement that the military clampdown which denies Palestinian Muslims access to the holy site and its precincts cannot be justified under any circumstances.
“We believe the rightwing terrorist regime led by warmongers who have been killing, destroying and suffocating the indigenous Palestinian population for decades, will use any pretext to physically demolish Al-Aqsa. This nefarious intent is in keeping with Zionism’s goals to obliterate all signs of Palestinian presence.
“It’s a dangerous pursuit which has far reaching consequences. Unless the Netanyahu regime is stopped in its track, charged and prosecuted for multiple human rights crimes, Israel will continue to disregard international humanitarian laws and obligations.
“We note too that the recent rapprochement between Israel and a number of Arab dictators led by the despotic Saudi monarchy has emboldened Netanyahu’s outrageous violations. We call on the Palestinians to continue their courageous resistance and affirm our solidarity.
“The failure of the international community and all the instruments at the disposal of the United Nations, is a tragic indictment of an inability by the so-called guardians of justice to intervene with determined resolve,” he added.