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Source: Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
7 February 2007



OIC Secretary-General blasts Israeli crime against the holy Al-Aqsa mosque and initiates contacts to orchestrate a united Islamic counter-initiative

                “Israel’s reckless demolition of the passage linking the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque to Al-Maghariba Gate is an outright attack on the sanctity of the site of Prophet Mohamed’s Ascension (PBUH) and a blatant assault on the holy places of the Muslim world”, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said.
                 “This is an outrageous crime whose consequences and responsibility should be wholly imputed to Israel as a flagrant violation of international law, which explicitly prohibits an occupying force from desecrating or altering the religious and historical character of the lands under its occupation”, Ihsanoglu added.
                Consequently, the Secretary-General initiated proactive contacts with Dato’ Seri  Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia and Chairman of the Islamic Summit Conference, with a view to orchestrating an Islamic initiative in order to counter the heinous aggressions being perpetrated by Israel against the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and the City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
Jeddah, 07 February  2007

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