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Jordan: Calls on Arabs, Muslims to defend Jerusalem

December 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

People hold placards during a protest against the US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in front of Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordan on 6 December 2017 [Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency]

Former Jordanian Minister and Islamic scholar, Ishaq Farhan, called on Arabs and Muslims to play their role in defending Jerusalem in the face of the Israeli Judaisation of the holy city.

Farhan said in an interview with Quds Press that “it is no longer convincing for Arabs and Muslims only to cut off relations with Israel. We need a more bold step including to sever relations with the United States, whose president intends to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the occupying state”.

Farhan pointed out that the US president’s decision to move the embassy “comes after the Arabs received him in a historic summit in the Saudi capital and gave him money, which could have built entire countries”.

“It is the responsibility of the people, and then the Islamic and religious bodies and institutions concerned with Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque to educate the nation about the dangers that threaten religious sanctities in Palestine as a result of this decision,” Farhan added.

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He regretted that “the United States and the West has become a partner with the Israeli occupation in violating Palestinian, Arab and Islamic rights in Jerusalem.”

According to the Wadi Araba peace agreement signed between Israel and Jordan, Amman retains the right to supervise religious affairs in Jerusalem.

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump announces his administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel adding that the American embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.