The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) passed Resolution 200 EX/PX/DR.25.2 Rev condemning the actions of Israel in the Al Aqsa Sanctuary.
The resolution which 24 countries voted for and 6 voted against, including the United Kingdom, stated that the UNESCO “….strongly condemns the escalating Israeli aggressions” and is “against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their Holy Site”. The resolution also refers to Israel as the “occupying power”.
Many pro Palestinian organisations have welcomed the Resolution which has addressed various issues and acknowledged that, “Israel, the occupying Power, had not complied with any of the 121 decisions of the Executive Board…”
Palestinian leaders have approved the resolution and the Israeli authorities have criticised it without attempting to address the criticisms made within the document.
Israel has been illegally occupying East Jerusalem, where the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is situated, since its annexation in 1967. The Mosque is regularly stormed by both settlers and military forces; last week alone 240 settlers forcefully entered the building whist under the protection of Israeli military, according to Quds Press. There have been many incidents of aggression with reports of injuries. Furthermore, the authorities have prevented restoration projects.
Published – 04/11/2016