The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday condemned ongoing excavations by the Israeli government beneath al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
According to the ministry, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "continues to employ all its potential in its war against the occupied East Jerusalem and the Palestinian presence there, in order to enforce the arbitrary Judaization policies."
It said such excavations target to separate the city from its Palestinian surroundings. To achieve this, the ministry added, "the Israeli authorities are seeking to Judaize the city and obliterate its Palestinian identity."
The ministry condemned what it described as international silence towards the crimes of the Israeli occupation in Jerusalem. It called upon the UN Security Council to pressure Israel to stop these violations, which form a flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law.
The ministry called on the Arab and Muslim countries "not to keep silent" in the face of the Israeli violations in Jerusalem, and called upon them to immediately act in order to protect Jerusalem.