MCB Deplores Israeli Closure of Al Aqsa Foundation

28 Aug 2008

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) deplores Israel’s closure of the Al Aqsa Foundation and seizure of thousands of historic documents which preserve the heritage of the Islamic and Christian sanctuaries in Jerusalem. We urge the British government to intervene and ensure all the confiscated documents and stolen money are returned immediately to their rightful owners.

Coinciding with the 37th anniversary of the Zionist arson attack on Masjid Al Aqsa the MCB views this latest Israeli outrage as a gross provocation to Muslims everywhere. Secretary General Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari said, ‘if any one was ever in doubt of Israel’s nefarious intentions this act clearly confirms their long-standing ambition to change the religious character of Occupied Jerusalem.’

Relatedly, the MCB condemns Israel’s continued settlement activity in the Maghariba Quarter of Masjid Al Aqsa and its systematic desecration of Islamic cemeteries in the holy city.

Dr Abdul Bari added, ‘We are also deeply shocked by reports from Palestine that certain Israeli rabbis have issued a fatwa calling for the murder of the prominent Palestinian leader Shaykh Raed Salah and that extremist colonists are planning to launch a rocket attack on Masjid Al Aqsa during the month of Ramadan.’

The MCB fully supports the calls by Palestinian leaders for an urgent meeting of the OIC and Arab League to discuss the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem. We regard the silence of the British government on these developments unhelpful and morally inexcusable.