Saudi Arabia to Host OIC Meeting Sunday to Discuss Israeli Aggression

The Dome of the Rock mosque at al-Aqsa compound is pictured at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem’s Old City early on April 24, 2020. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia has called for foreign ministers of the world’s largest body of Muslim nations to hold a meeting Sunday.

The open-ended meeting will discuss Israeli acts of violence against Palestinians and the Israeli police’s use of force; against protesters at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

The Kingdom will host the virtual summit, gathering ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) “to discuss the Israeli aggression in the Palestinian territory;” particularly acts of violence in the vicinity of al-Aqsa Mosque, the body said Saturday.

The sanctity of al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites; is also a sensitive and emotive issue for Muslims around the world.

The OIC also formed 51 years ago in response to a Jewish extremist arson attack on the al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem.