Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh made an urgent call Tuesday on the international Arab and Muslim community to stop what he called Israel's "Judaization" of Jerusalem and attacks on the Jewish state's Muslim minority.
Speaking to journalists in Cairo after two days of meetings with Egyptian officials, Haniyeh slammed Israel for the "demolition of houses, villages and ethnic cleansing" in Jerusalem, pan-Arab news outlet Elaph reported.
He called on Arab states to step up efforts to stop the "Judaization" of Jerusalem, a city many Palestinians see as the future capital of the Palestinian state, through financial and political means, according to Elaph.
Haniyeh also mentioned the "muezzin bill," a law that would ban the use of a PA system for the Muslim call to prayer. The Hamas prime minister said this law, as well as the issue in Jerusalem, were proof of Israel's campaign against "Muslim symbols."
Haniyeh is on a tour of Middle Eastern nations, stopping in Sudan, Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia following his stint in Egypt.
The Hamas prime minister is touring the Arab world for the first time since 2007. Hamas officials have said that the so-called Arab Spring uprisings have had a positive impact on Hamas's cause, citing the success of Islamist parties in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia following the overthrow of their respective governments.