Abbas Calls on Muslims and Christians to Visit Jerusalem (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/26/12)
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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday called on
Muslims and Christians from all over the world to visit Jerusalem and
to set aside the ban on normalization with Israel.
“It’s good to see brothers from Arab countries visiting Palestine and
learning about its condition, because we really need them,” Abbas
said, according to a report on Army Radio.
Abbas explained that the Koran and its literary interpretations do
not contain any prohibition to visit Jerusalem, adding that “The
Palestinian land is usurped every day, so we must stand side by side
with our brothers from Arab countries, and thus prevent Israel from
cancelling our existence and our identity.”
Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, came under fire last week following
his visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The visit sparked uproar in Egypt, especially among political
Islamists, who refuse to visit what they term “the Palestinian
territories” as long as they are under the so-called “Israeli
occupation.” Such visits, believe the Islamists, it would be counted
as a kind of normalization with Israel.
Gomaa later defended his visit to Jerusalem, saying it was made in
his personal capacity, not his official capacity as mufti or member
of the Al-Azhar Islamic Research Academy.
“I did not go on an Israeli visa. It was all organized by the
Jordanian authorities,” Gomaa said. “And I wanted to pray in the Al-
Aqsa Mosque to earn God’s great reward.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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