Arab League hails Jordan’s efforts to protect holy sites in Jerusalem

The Arab League has commended the efforts of King Abdullah II of Jordan to protect and defend Jerusalem’s holy sites as their custodian.

The 150th ordinary session of the Arab League held here on Tuesday at the level of Foreign Ministers, dubbed “The Palestine Cause and the Arab-Israeli Conflict”, reiterated its rejection of all attempts by Israel, as an occupying power, to tamper with the Hashemite trusteeship of the holy places in Jerusalem.

The foreign ministers also praised Jordan’s role in persevering the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem within its historical Hashemite custodianship, which was confirmed by the agreement signed between King Abdullah II and President Mahmoud Abbas in March 2013. They further stressed support for the role played by the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf to preserve Jerusalem endowments.

Meanwhile, the League strongly condemned Israel’s controversial Jewish Nation basic law as “unprecedented racist bid” that aims to eliminate the historical, cultural, religious and political rights of the Palestinian people including the right of refugees to return to their homeland and obtain compensation.

The bloc described the right of return for Palestine refugees as the core of the Palestinian cause, stressing its rejection of any move by any party, including the United States and the Israeli government, to undermine that right.

Also in the meeting, the ministers expressed their condemnation of the Israeli occupation court’s decision to demolish the West Bank village of Khan Al-Ahmar and the displacement of its residents.

On Gaza, the Arab League underlined the importance of implementing the resolutions of previous Arab summits, especially the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit held in Kuwait in 2009 and the Afro-Arab Summit held in the Libyan city of Sirte in 2010, on ending the Israeli siege and reconstruction of the coastal enclave.

Regarding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the foreign ministers welcomed Jordan’s efforts to hold a conference, in New York on September 27, to mobilize support for the Agency. The conference will be co-chaired by Jordan, Sweden, Japan, Turkey and the European Union.

Source: International Islamic News Agency