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Desecration of Qur’an in Al-Aqsa courtyard slammed

Monday March 04, 2013 11:12:48 PM, IINA

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 Heritage.


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 Holy Qur’an.


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 ground.


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.



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