By AFP – 6 March 2010
JEDDAH — The Organisation of the Islamic Conference Saturday accused Israeli police of sacrilege by occupying Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and called for international intervention to “end Israeli aggression.”
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Jeddah-based pan-Islamic body, said in a statement that Friday’s fighting between Muslims and Israeli police, which injured dozens, was “a sacrilegious act of profanation of the holy Islamic site.”
The police action was “a violation of international law and a flagrant attack on the freedom of religion of the nature that could take the region into a war between religions,” he said in the statement.
Ihsanoglu called on the international community and the Quartet on Middle East peace — the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations — to “pay heed to the gravity of the Israeli violations and the threat they pose to the region now and in the future.”
He called for “an international intervention effective at every level to end Israeli aggressions and make Israel respect international law.”