Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said those people who do not understand the importance of Jerusalem and Palestinian rights there are “attacking the conscience of humanity.”
Speaking in the opening ceremony of “International Meeting on the Question of Jerusalem” in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday as part of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Davutoglu said there are three steps to be aware of when discussing Jerusalem.
“We should be aware of the areas of ethical and ontological, cultural and political responsibility for Jerusalem,” said Davutoglu.
Davutoglu recalled that under the terms of international law, the city of Jerusalem is regarded as under occupation, and there were two major problems to consider under this framework, those being refugees and Jerusalem’s legal status.
“We are witnessing occupation of Palestinian lands since 1948, as well as Al-Aqsa Mosque. The international community should ensure justice and the rule of law through different platforms,” said Davutoglu. “If the UN decisions are not being implemented, then why they were taken in the first place?”
Davutoglu also recalled that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a sacred site for Muslims and cannot be occupied.
Davutoglu called on the international community to form a charity campaign for the Palestinian people who are “in deep sorrow.”
The Ankara meeting is jointly organized by the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Turkey…