The Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) has said that the most serious challenges and threats to Islamic heritage are "occupation and wars". Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Othman Al-Twairji told the first meeting of the Islamic Heritage Committee that such threats are notably high at the moment.
In particular, Dr. Al-Twaijri warned of the dangers from the war that the Israeli occupation authorities continue to wage on the Palestinian people. He described this as "criminal" and "aggressive", adding that the Israelis have "racist religious motives" based on "false historic claims and oppressive policies in violation of international law and against noble humanitarian values, including the preservation of human and cultural heritage."
"Globalisation and its expansion also constitute serious challenges," said Dr. Al-Twairji, "but they should be confronted, especially as globalisation challenges the cultural basics of societies across the world." In the process, he added, local history and heritage is destroyed.