Lebanon’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry, vehemently deplored the Israeli Occupation’s incessant arbitrary practices and measures, against the Christian and Islamic sites in al-Quds, most recently its decision to impose taxes on churches and their owned properties in the city.

“These systematic Israeli measures against churches in the holy lands and its daily assault on the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque, pose a threat to the Christian and Islamic presence in al-Quds,” the Foreign Ministry, said.

The Ministry considered such measures fall within the framework of the ongoing Israeli attempts to Judaise the city of al-Quds, and to change its legal and historical status quo, not to mention seizing properties owned by churches and confiscating Christian and Islamic endowments.

“The Israeli attacks on the holy sites constitute a blatant violation of all international laws and conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination, based on Religion and Belief, as well as, the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities,” the statement added.

The Foreign Ministry also deemed “the extraordinary step taken by the churches in Palestine, to close the Church of the Resurrection, a resounding shout to the international community and all international legal institutions, about the need to put limits to Israel’s intransigence and its violation of the sanctity of Christian and Islamic sites in al-Quds.”

The statement concluded by calling on all parties to take serious and effective action, to stop the unwanted abhorrent and reprehensible Israeli practices, and to force the occupation authorities to retract their decision, to impose taxes on church-owned properties.

Source: NAM News Network