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Islamic Jihad condemns Israeli participation in Riyadh UNESCO meeting

September 12, 2023 at 2:28 pm

A plaque used to reserve the seat of the delegation from Israel, is seen during the UNESCO Extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh on September 11, 2023 [FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images]

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine has condemned the Saudi Arabian regime for allowing an Israeli delegation to participate in a UNESCO meeting in Riyadh.

“Receiving an Israeli delegation in the land of the Holy Mosque in Makkah and the place of revelation is trying, in vain, to legitimise the normalisation efforts that are rejected by the peoples of our Arab and Muslim nation,” said the movement yesterday. It added that the participation of the Israeli delegation in this meeting comes at a time when Israel itself rejects UNESCO decisions and has boycotted the organisation in the past.

Islamic Jihad pointed out that this is happening while the Israeli occupation forces are carrying out aggressive Judaisation of Palestinian land, and illegal settlement growth. Moreover, it follows Israel’s ongoing violations against Palestinian students, the fight against the Palestinian curriculum in occupied Jerusalem, and the imposition of Judaisation on its people.

“This [presence in Riyadh] is nothing but a cover for and encouragement of these crimes and neglect of Jerusalem and its sanctities,” concluded the resistance movement.

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