Calls for Arab League to declare Jerusalem the capital of Palestine

A view of Jerusalem with Dome of the Rock.

Image of Jerusalem skyline with Dome of the Rock [File photo]

Palestinian people and institutions have called for the Arab League meeting to be held on 29 March to announce Jerusalem as the capital of any future Palestinian state, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The advisor to the Islamic Endowment Fund (IEF) in Jerusalem, Yasser Abu Ghazaleh, called on Arab leaders to bear their responsibility towards the occupied city and the “continuous Israeli violations” against it and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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“The duty of the Arab leaders is to protect Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he told Quds Press, stressing that they “are not exerting real efforts” towards these holy places, which form an integral part of Islamic identity and beliefs.

He added:

Any justification for their inaction towards Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is unacceptable…They, alongside the international community, must put much pressure on the Israeli occupation to stop the violations in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, another official in the IEF in Jerusalem, Mohamed Nasereddin, said: “The cry of the occupied holy city to the Arab leaders is a call for its protection from Israeli violations.”

Nasereddin stressed to Quds Press that the Arabs “can do much for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque through a network of support for the city and its people.”

He called for a unification of efforts to support the Palestinian residents of the city who are facing not only Israeli occupation but also the danger of Judaisation and the erasure of the Arab and Islamic cultural and religious identity from Jerusalem.

(Source / 22.03.2017)

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