U.N.: Ban Presses Netanyahu over Jerusalem Holy Sites

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U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over restricting access to holy sites in East Jerusalem, a U.N. spokesman said Thursday.

Ban spoke with Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on efforts to relaunch the deadlocked peace process, said deputy U.N. spokesman Eduardo del Buey.

Ban pressed Netanyahu after several days of troubles in East Jerusalem. Police on Thursday closed the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors in what they said was an effort to end recent Palestinian unrest.

Police used stun grenades and water cannons on Wednesday against Palestinians who hurled rocks during protests for the anniversary of Israel's foundation in 1948.

"Regarding recent tensions in East Jerusalem, and more particularly restrictions of access to Muslim and Christian holy sites, the secretary general conveyed his concerns to the Israeli authorities," said del Buey.

Ban urged Israel "to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law.

"The secretary general stressed to both leaders the importance of respect for the religious freedom of all, and that worshipers of all faiths should have access to their holy sites," the spokesman said.

Ban "strongly encouraged" Netanyahu and Abbas to resume direct talks frozen since September 2010. The U.N. leader "expressed his hope that they will lead to a substantial peace initiative soon," said the spokesman.

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Missing phillipo 17 May 2013, 09:34

Where exactly were Ban predecessors when Jews from all over the world (not to mention Israelis) were refused access to the Western Wall in then Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem.
Where were they when Israeli Moslems were denied access to Haram as-Sharif, or Israeli Christians denied access to the Church of the Nativity and Bethlehem.
Where was Ban himself when Moslem on the area of the al-Aksa Mosque were throwing heavy stones down on the Jews praying at the Western Wall.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 17 May 2013, 14:21

Showing our colors again!!!!