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PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses Israel of “Judaization” of Jerusalem; calls on UN to intervene

Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The operations to Judaize the Al-Buraq plaza and tunnel necessitate that the UN organizations implement their decisions and defend them"

"The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the occupation's Judaization plan to build a new level under the Al-Buraq (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) plaza at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
This was stated following the exposé of the Hebrew weekly Jerusalem, according to which Jerusalem occupation Mayor [Nir Barkat], during a tour with members of the ruling Likud party, announced the municipality’s intention to build an additional level at the Al-Buraq plaza (apparently referring to plan for a tunnel under the Western Wall plaza to improve handicapped accessibility - the source noted here does not exist and these statements could not be found in Israeli newspapers -Ed.) and presented a draft of the aforementioned plan, as part of the occupation’s many plans to deepen the Judaization operations at the Al-Buraq plaza and tunnel…
The ministry again emphasized that occupied East Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the Palestinian territories that were occupied in 1967. It also emphasized that the excavations, Judaization operations, and the settlements and attempts to change the holy characteristics of the city [of Jerusalem] and its holy sites that are being carried out by the occupation authorities are invalid and illegal according to international law and the agreements that have been signed. This requires that all of the countries and the relevant UN organizations cease their silence and act seriously and effectively to stop the Israeli operations and violations and to implement and defend the relevant UN resolutions."

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have rode during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock." (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."