The Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation have strongly condemned the arrest of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, by the Israeli occupation authorities. They broke into the home of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein yesterday morning and arrested him.
A statement issued following the meeting of the Arab League and the OIC at the Leagues headquarter on Wednesday, viewed this racially aggressive act as part of Israeli persistence in the Judaization of Jerusalem and as attacking the city's religious symbols, both Muslim and Christian.
Both organisations considered this act to be part of an aggressive Israeli plan to prevent any progress in reviving the political process and to encourage settlers and extremists to continue their violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The joint meeting demanded that the international community, specifically the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the UN Security Council, to compel Israel to stop this apartheid style legal violation and release the Mufti immediately.
The organisations held the Israeli authorities fully responsible for the safety of the Mufti of Jerusalem.
The statement, issued by the joint meeting of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the league on Wednesday said, "There is no stability, no security and no peace without an immediate end to the Israeli occupation of Arab territories" and called upon all religious leaders to condemn this blatant aggression towards a religious figure.
The statement called for "taking all the necessary steps to stop the Israeli aggression of the religious symbols and demanded the immediate release of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and an end to the aggression of religious symbols and the Islamic and Christian holy sites in the occupied city of Jerusalem."
The third session's joint meeting of the joint committee for following up on the implementation of the cooperation agreement between the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, was held at the Leagues headquarters and was headed by Ambassador Mohamed Sabih, Assistant Secretary General for the affairs of the Occupied Palestinian and Arab Territories and Ambassador Abdullah Amer, Assistant Secretary General for Islamic affairs at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.