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Swiss Rights Group Condemns Arab Incitement Against Israel over El Aksa Fire

The Swiss National Committee for Human Rights has denounced the Arab campaign of incitement blaming Israel for the fire which damaged El Aksa Mosque and has praised the efforts by Israel to ensure freedom of access to the holy places by people of all religions. The committee said that two of its representatives recently visited the holy places in East Jerusalem, including the Mosque of Omar and El Aksa Mosque and personally witnessed the care taken by the Israeli authorities to assure free access.

A statement by the committee denounced Arab accusations that Israel was responsible for the El Aksa blaze and said such accusations served as evidence that the Arab leaders were systematically inciting their people in a campaign of hatred of Israel and did not hesitate to exploit religious emotions for political ends. The statement affirmed that this runs counter to the very spirit of religion and the principles of human rights.