The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis strongly condemns Israeli police attacks in Masjid Al Aqsa, while the worshippers were busy praying at one of the three most revered holy places for Muslims. It took place on one of the holiest days of the year; the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.

The Palestinians have been protesting for days over the forcible eviction and seizure of 6 families from Sheikh Jarrah. The forcible eviction and seizure of the property per the International Law are illegal, as East Jerusalem is considered an Occupied territory and inhabitants cannot be evicted. During these protests, scores of Palestinians have been injured. Most of them have sustained injuries to the face with serious consequences.

The scenes of Israeli Police in tactical gear running and firing in the mosque are deeply painful and considered sacrilegious by millions of Muslims across the globe. Respect for each faith’s holy places is a cornerstone of international norms.

We urge global powers to jumpstart the peace process so that this flashpoint does not spread. We ask the Biden administration to take the lead on this issue and use its voice and influence to prevent Israel from proceeding with these unnecessary attacks against innocent Palestinians.

Ghazala Hayat, Chair Public Affairs Committee
Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis
517 Weidman Road,
Ballwin, MO 63011