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PA daily columnist calls to sue US officials who participated in Pilgrimage Road opening in 3 different courts

Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Trump’s team should be put on trial”

“The latest scandalous crime that Ambassador of [US President Donald] Trump’s administration in Israel [David] Friedman and President Trump’s advisor [Jason] Greenblatt committed against the Palestinian rights and interests in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Palestine… was participation… in the inauguration of a tunnel for the Israeli settlers, which is called ‘the Pilgrimage Road’ (see note below –Ed.). The tunnel connects the Zionist settlers’ neighborhoods to the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount), and passes underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque…

This direct American aggression from the Trump administration’s team towards the Palestinian rights and interests necessitates the concerned bodies to act as follows:

  1. To sue Greenblatt and Friedman in a Palestinian court and issue an arrest warrant against the two of them for a direct and scandalous assault on the Palestinian rights.
     
  2. To turn to the American legal system and submit a lawsuit against the two of them.
     
  3. To turn to the International Criminal Court and put the two of them on trial for the crime that they have committed.”

Pilgrimage Road – US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, US Envoy Jason Greenblatt, and US Senator Lindsey Graham took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Pilgrimage Road underground archaeological site, located south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, on June 30, 2019. The excavated road was used by Jewish pilgrims visiting the Second Temple around the first century CE, and the Arab neighborhood of Silwan has since been built above it.

The Al-Buraq Wall - Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have ridden during his Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17), and there tied his miraculous flying steed named Al-Buraq to a "stone" or a "rock."  (Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Book 47, Hadith 3424). In the 1920's, Arab Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini decided to identify the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem as that "rock" or "stone," and since then Muslims refer to the Western Wall as the "Al-Buraq Wall."


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