NEW YORK: The Security Council of the United Nations (UN) will discuss the controversial visit of Israel’s Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir to the Al-Aqsa Mosque grounds recently which aroused the anger of the Palestinians.
The 15-member council will meet at 3pm (local time) at the UN headquarters in New York following requests from the United Arab Emirates and China.
The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Al Mansour, said that it is the international community that determines the fate of defending and protecting the Islamic and Christian status quo in Jerusalem.
“We will not be satisfied with the beautiful statements that will be made tomorrow in the Security Council. We want it to be implemented concretely, he said.
Last Tuesday, a glimpse of Ben-Gvir in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, closely guarded by a group of Israeli soldiers, provoked the anger of the Palestinian people.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest place for Muslims after the Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
However, the place is also considered a holy place for Jews.
Based on the status quo that has been practiced for a long time, non-Muslims can visit the place in question at certain times, but are not allowed to worship there.-AFP
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