UN cultural agency adopts anti-Israel resolution

UN cultural agency adopts anti-Israel resolution

The resolution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) denounces Israel’s illegal activities at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The United Nations cultural agency’s executive board approved the measure by consensus in its morning session on Tuesday.

A draft of the resolution had already been approved by a commission last week.

The resolution strongly criticizes Israel’s policies regarding the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The resolution brands Israel as an “occupying power” and condemns the regime for restricting Muslims’ access to al-Aqsa mosuqe.

It also strongly denounces "the escalating Israeli aggression and illegal measures against … the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their holy site al-Aqsa Mosque/al-Haram al-Sharif."

The resolution calls on "Israel, the occupying power, to respect the historic status quo and to immediately stop these measures.”

It criticizes the “continuous storming of Haram al-Sharif by the Israeli right-wing extremists and uniformed forces.”

The resolution also slams the aggression of Israeli police and soldiers against people visiting the holy site.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds during the 1967 war, which has consistently drawn condemnation from the international community.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi earlier lauded the move by the UNESCO to emphasize the religious rights of Muslims vis-à-vis al-Aqsa Mosque.

Qassemi added that Israel’s negative reaction to the resolution indicated the regime’s frustration, lack of accountability towards international resolutions and laws and its deceptive measures aimed at misleading the world public opinion.

It is mentionable that Imam Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Republic through his speeches and messages denounced the crimes being committed by Israeli regime against Palestinians. The Islamic Revolution under the wise leadership of Imam Khomeini also defended the rights of Palestinians against Israeli aggression, and raised the issue on the international arena

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