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Un expert: Israel can’t decide unilaterally on Al-Aqsa

A UN rights expert said the Israeli regime cannot make “unilateral decisions” about the management of al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem (al-Quds), calling on the international community to put a “complete end” to the regime’s occupation of the Palestinian lands.

“…Israel cannot make unilateral decisions about the management of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. Cooperative decision-making with the Waqf, even in tense circumstances such as this, is a necessity for ensuring better outcomes,” Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory said.

He added, “The long-term solution has to be a complete end to the occupation, and a creative solution to Jerusalem that honors the full and equal rights of all Jerusalemites”.

 In an exclusive interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Lynk, about the latest developments in the occupied territories, said: “Jerusalem is a Holy City for three major world religions, and it is also a very combustible political issue. Two issues must be kept in mind in understanding the deaths, injuries and protests in Jerusalem over the past week”.

“The immediate issue goes to the shootings of the two Israeli Border Guards and the subsequent killing of their assailants, and then the closure of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and the installation by Israel of metal detectors at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa compound against the advice of Shin Bet and the IDF (…)”.

“The larger issue is the enduring Israeli occupation of east Jerusalem, and its unilateral and illegal annexation of that part of the city (…)”.

To read the full text of the interview click here

Source: Tasnim News Agency

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