Arab condemnations of storming Al-Aqsa and insulting the Qur’an in the Netherlands

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In separate statements issued by their foreign ministries on Sunday, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt condemned the Israeli storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling on the international community to take action to stop these attacks.

Earlier on Sunday, about 317 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, where some of them performed Talmudic prayers.

In two other statements, Saudi Arabia and Jordan also condemned the incidents of tearing up copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of a number of embassies in The Hague on Saturday.

Regarding developments in the situation in the Palestinian territories, the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed, in a statement, “the Kingdom’s condemnation of the repeated provocative practices carried out by a group of extremists at Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces.”

The Ministry expressed “the Kingdom’s regret for the practices carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities that undermine international peace efforts and contradict international principles and norms in respecting religious sanctities.”

Qatar also condemned, in a Foreign Ministry statement, “the storming of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of settlers, under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces,” and considered it “a blatant violation of international law and the resolutions of international legitimacy.”

She stressed that “attempts to undermine the religious and historical status of Al-Aqsa Mosque are not only an attack on the Palestinians, but also on millions of Muslims around the world.”

The Qatari Foreign Ministry urged “the international community to take urgent action to stop these attacks.”

In turn, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry condemned, in a statement, “the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremists and allowing them to engage in provocative practices that violate the sanctity of the mosque and Islamic cemeteries, with the protection of the Israeli police.”

According to the statement, Jordan called on Israel to “stop all violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque and respect its sanctity,” warning of escalation.

For its part, Egypt condemned, in a Foreign Ministry statement, the storming, and considered that “this step represents a new episode in a series of escalatory measures that provoke the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world.”

Egypt called on the Israeli authorities to “fulfill their obligations as the occupying power and stop such escalatory practices.”

It renewed its call to influential international parties to “assume their responsibilities towards protecting the sanctities of the Palestinian people and defending their legitimate rights.”

Regarding the insult to the Holy Qur’an in The Hague, the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed, in a second statement, “the Kingdom’s strong condemnation and denunciation of an extremist group tearing up copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of a number of embassies in The Hague.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated “the Kingdom’s complete rejection of such hateful and repeated acts that cannot be accepted with any justifications,” stressing that they “clearly incite hatred, exclusion, and racism.”

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned, in a second statement, the incident that occurred on Saturday in front of a number of embassies in The Hague, stressing Jordan’s rejection of “these irresponsible actions that provoke the feelings of about a billion Muslims around the world.”

She stressed that “respecting religious symbols is a collective responsibility that everyone must adhere to.”

On Saturday, Edwin Wagensfeld, leader of the Dutch branch of the racist and far-right movement “European Patriots Against the Islamization of the West” (Pegida), tore up copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of the embassies of a number of countries in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned, on Saturday, in the strongest terms the attacks that targeted the Holy Qur’an in front of the embassies of Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia and Denmark, considering that their aim “is to insult the Islamic religion and its believers.”

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