Jerusalem: The Arab League yesterday strongly
condemned the incident of an Israeli officer kicking the Holy Qur’ran and assaulting several women who were in the courtyards of
Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Assistant Secretary General of Arab League Ambassador Mohamed
Sobeih said that what happened is not directed to the people of
Jerusalem or the Palestinian people alone, but a message to the
Arab and Islamic nations as well, stressing that there is a need
for a unified and firm stance of the Arab and Islamic nation
against the attacks and the situation in Jerusalem, Palestinian
news agency WAFA reported.
An Israeli police officer assaulted
earlier on Sunday a number of Palestinian young women inside Al-Aqsa
Holy Mosque after desecrating a copy of Qur’an by kicking it to
the ground, in attempt to end their reading session.
“One of the Israeli officers located inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa
Mosque attacked two students from a girls' school near Buraq
Mosque next to the Mughrabi Gate," said Mahmoud Abu Atta, media
department chief at the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and
Abul Atta quoted the girls' account that the officer
tried to chase them away to prevent them from reciting the Qur’an.
When they refused, the officer kicked and walked on a copy of the
He said that a number of men and women gathered near
the Mughrabi Gate to condemn the crime, chanting "God is great."
A girl said that they gather every Sunday in the yards of the
mosque to take a Qur’an reading class outdoors, and that they were
near Al-Magharbeh gate when an Israeli police officer came and
asked them to move away from the area.
She added that they had
moved away from the gate, but after they’ve started reading out
loud the officer attacked the group after kicking the Qur’an to
Al-Aqsa Foundation condemned the "heinous crime" against
the students, blaming the Israeli occupation forces of the
consequences of what might happen and called for prompt action to
defend the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third
holiest site in Islam.