Palestine urges UN Security Council to stop Israeli activists' planned incursion into Al-Aqsa mosque
Ramallah, May 4 (IANS) Palestine has urged the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from escalating tensions against Palestinians after Jewish activists reportedly decided to break into a holy mosque in East Jerusalem.
On Tuesday, Israeli media reported that activists of some Jewish organisations called for an "incursion into Al-Aqsa Mosque's compound," which will be launched on Thursday morning until the afternoon.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the activists' plans to raise Israeli flags and sing the Israeli national anthem at the mosque, saying in a statement that "these violations reflect the official Israeli insistence to escalate the situation and implement its plans to perpetuate the occupation".
The Ministry called on the Security Council "to take the necessary measures to pressure Israel to stop its escalation against the Palestinian people".
Hussein Al-Sheikh, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, called the extremists' plans "an outrageous disregard of the feelings of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims" and "a continuation of extremist racist campaigns."
The Israeli government did not comment on the Israeli extremists' calls, Xinhua news agency reported.
Since the start of the the Muslims' fasting month of Ramadan early April, tension between Israelis and Palestinians has been running high.
The compound of Al-Aqsa mosque, known as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, has long been a focal point of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.