Mahmoud Abbas 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called on Arabs
and Muslims to visit Jerusalem in the face of what he called Israel's
accelerated efforts to Judaize the city.
Speaking at the
International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Doha, Qatar,
Abbas was quoted by the Palestinian Ma'an news agency as saying, "The
Israeli occupation authorities are using the ugliest and most dangerous
means to implement plans to erase and remove the Arab-Islamic and the
Christian character of east Jerusalem."
Authority president accused Israel of "surrounding Jerusalem with an
Apartheid wall and a band of settlements in order to isolate the city
from its surroundings in the West Bank."
Abbas slammed Israeli
authorities for setting up barriers preventing Palestinians from
entering Jerusalem without "almost impossible to obtain" permits.
implored Arabs and Muslims from other countries to visit Jerusalem if
they can. "This move will have political, moral, economic and
humanitarian repercussions, showing that Jerusalem belongs to all of us
and no one can stop us from accessing it."
He added that
visiting "occupied Jerusalem" would remind the Israelis that "Jerusalem
is the cause of every Arab, Muslim and Christian," and would not
constitute normalization with Israel.
Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem was taking place for the first
time Sunday. This followed a decision made by delegates to last year’s Arab summit in Libya
to hold an annual international conference that would include Arab and
foreign countries and civil institutions, to discuss defending Jerusalem
“against Israeli violation at all levels.”
List-Ta'al MKs Taleb a-Sanaa and Ahmed Tibi attended the conference,
prompting Likud MK Danny Danon to call for their ouster from the Knesset
as "enemies of the state."