The Bureau of the United Nations General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People condemned the raid by Israeli forces inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on 4 April 2023, which resulted in hundreds of Palestinian worshippers beaten, injured, and detained while also causing damage to the building of the Al-Qibli mosque.
In a press release, the Bureau denounced Israeli violence as important religious festivals – the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the Jewish Passover – converge.
“Israel’s illegal policies and practices have continued to entrench its illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territory it has occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, with the Gaza Strip additionally severely isolated under a nearly 16-year blockade.” the Bureau added.
The Bureau reiterated its calls for respect of international law, including humanitarian and human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory, saying “Israel must comply with its international legal obligations, including in accordance with UN resolutions.”.
The Bureau also restated its calls for respect for the historical status quo of the Holy Sites, respect for the sanctity of all places of worship, and for a halt of provocations by Israeli forces and incitement by extremist Israeli settlers in and around them.
UN Bureau called on leaders to exert influence and ensure de-escalation and calm during religious festivities.
“A just and lasting peace will only be achieved with the end of Israel’s occupation, the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the Palestine refugees, and the achievement of the two-State solution according to international law and past agreements resulting in the independence of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Bureau noted.