Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has decided to grant $200 million for the
development of Palestinian cities, and for protecting their Arab and Islamic
character against “Judaization.”
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister
Prince Mansour bin Miteb announced the news on Sunday while opening a conference
of the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities in Saudi Arabia, Saudi
newspaper Arab News reported on Monday.
In addition to preventing
Judaization, he said, laws must be passed to protect the environment and thereby
achieve sustainable development.
The Organization of Islamic Capitals and
Cities is a nonprofit group founded in 1980, according to its website. It is an
affiliate of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
claims that the organization “does not interfere in the affairs of any
Specifically the plan calls for building infrastructure and
expanding purification plants for drinking water.
Mansour said that the
program would be named after Abdullah and implemented in cooperation with the
Islamic Development Bank and UN Habitat.
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