Tensions between Arab countries and Israel have reached a new high after Israel’s Minister of National Security and far-right leader Itamar Ben-Ghir visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque. An Israeli minister said the Israeli government is not afraid of Hamas, after warnings from Islamic states and threats from the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas.
In fact, the Israeli minister visited Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Tuesday. After this tour, many Arab countries including Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar have strongly condemned this tour and warned Israel.
China and the United Arab Emirates called for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in view of the growing dispute after the visit of an Israeli minister to Al-Aqsa Mosque. At this meeting, representatives of Palestine and other Muslim countries strongly surrounded Israel.
Let us know what the whole controversy is after the Israeli minister’s visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Arab countries and Israel come face to face.
What is the controversy over Al-Aqsa Mosque?
Located in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem, this mosque is one of the most famous religious places in the world. Al-Aqsa Mosque is also included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. The silver domed mosque is spread over an area of 35 acres. It is also known as ‘Al-Haram Al Sharif’.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. For Muslims, this place is known as ‘Al-Haram Al Sharif’. Known as the ‘Temple Mount’, this place is the holy place of the Jews.
The ‘Dome of the Rock’, the holiest site of the Jews, is located here. But Muslims also believe in the Dome of the Rock because of its association with the Prophet Muhammad. The site has been the site of a dispute between Jews and Palestinians for years.
Ancient Palestine was divided into two parts by the United Nations in 1947. After partition, 55 percent of the land was given to Jews and 45 percent to Palestinians. But after Israel occupied the Gaza Strip in the West Bank in 1967, the dispute escalated. Previously, from 1948 to 1967, the area was under Jordanian occupation.
However, it was agreed between Jordan and Israel that the Jordanian Islamic Foundation Waqf would control the affairs inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, while Israel would handle external security.
Under the peace accord, it was agreed that non-Muslims would also be allowed inside the mosque compound, but they would not be allowed to pray. However, a tense situation ensued as Jews briefly tried to enter the mosque for prayers. Several violent clashes also took place.
What is the religious significance?
Both Jews and Muslims consider this place religiously special. Jews consider the western wall of Al-Aqsa Mosque to be the last remnant of their Jewish Temple. The Muslim community calls this wall the Wall of Al Barak. Muslims believe that this is the same wall that Prophet Muhammad built Al Barak.
At the same time, Jewish people claim that this place was formerly a place of Jewish prayer. But later Jewish law and the Israeli cabinet banned Jews from praying here.
Islamic countries warned
Islamic countries have reacted strongly to the visit of Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Khir to Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Organization of Islamic Nations (OIC) said the move by the Israeli minister was provocative and against the sentiments of Muslims. The Minister’s visit is an attempt to change the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the OIC said.
Pakistan has termed the Israeli minister’s visit as insensitive and provocative. In a statement released by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy place for Muslims around the world. Its violation hurts the religious sentiments of Muslims. Pakistan reiterates its support for Palestinian demands.
Iran has warned Israel that an Israeli minister’s behavior in a Palestinian holy site violates international norms and insults Muslim values. Israel will have to face the reaction of Muslim countries for this.
Apart from this, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon have also retaliated strongly.
The minister also said that everyone has the right to visit the temple
After visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel’s minister Ben-Ghir tweeted, “The Temple Mount is open to all. If Hamas thinks they are threatening me by threatening it, it’s time to change that.” The government of Israel will not surrender.” However, it was not confirmed whether Ben-Ghir prayed at the mosque compound or not.
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