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Press Release Regarding The Release Of The Israeli Authorities , 24.02.2010

We are concerned about the announcement by the Israeli authorities that certain historical artifacts in the West Bank, some of which are of importance to the Islamic world will be accorded “Israeli cultural heritage” status.

This step will create serious distrust between parties and harm the intensified efforts made in this critical period to revive the negotiations for the settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict which has been a source of grief for the people of the region for years.

We invite Israel to abide by international law in Jerusalem and the West Bank and to refrain from unilateral and provocative practices directed towards historical sites including sacred places for Muslims that are essentially a part of Islamic cultural heritage.